King Creek Falls, Spoonauger Falls and more- The Chattooga River Trail - Sat, Aug 4 2018

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King Creek Falls, Spoonauger Falls and more- The Chattooga River Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattooga River - Burrell's Ford   Hike: King Creek Falls, Spoonauger Falls and more- The Chattooga River Trail  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 4 2018  9:30 am >> Sat, Aug 4 2018 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jul 30 2018 6:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 3 2018 9:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Thanks to AOC hiker Steve T. for the photo of King Creek Falls

Chattooga Trail is located near Clayton, Georgia in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area - located near where three states intersect (GA, SC, NC).  From what I understand and from my research there will be waterfalls (Spoonauger Falls and King Creek Falls and maybe more). From my research I discovered that many scenes in the movie Deliverance were filmed on the Chattooga River.  The Chattooga is an out and back trail of about 25 miles in length - we will only be doing a portion of it out and back.  Due to the exploratory nature the estimate of 12 miles in 5 hours may be slightly over/under on both time and distance.  

Chattooga Trail - Just a very nice river in a peaceful valley - trail runs along the river at most points - elevation is minimal but any hills we come across will be hiked at a slow and easy pace.  The flatter sections of the trail will be at a moderate pace (not super fast)


From Indian Trail Park and Ride the drive is just about two hours - we will need a few volunteer drivers - Hike will begin as close to 9:30 as possible (when all the carpool cars arrive).


Required Items to Bring:

Good hiking boots

Water - lots of it



Recommended Items to Bring:
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Insect repellent


Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:
  • From Indian Trail Park and Ride
  • -Merge onto I-85 N and travel 78 miles to South Carolina Hwy 11
  • -Take exit 1 on for SC 11 North.  Travel north on SC 11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy) for 19.7 miles.
  • -Turn Left and merge onto SC 28 West.  Follow SC 28 for 9.4 miles.
  • -Take a slight right onto SC 107 North.  Follow SC 107 N for 10.2 miles.
  • -Turn Left onto Burrells Ford Rd.  Travel 2.7 miles – the parking area is just before the road crosses the river.

Or, you can use the following coordinates to input into one of the online mapping sources to determine your route.  Burrells Ford parking area: N34 58.487, W083 06.957

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $96.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


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