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Chattooga River Trail: Nicholson Ford to Rock Gorge

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Chattooga River   Backpacking: Chattooga River Trail: Nicholson Ford to Rock Gorge  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 16 2019  8:00 am >> Sun, Feb 17 2019 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 11 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 15 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Todd M
Michael Johnson
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The Chattooga was designated a wild and scenic river in 1974. It is one of the longest and most spectacular free-flowing mountain rivers in the Southeast. Over a distance of 50 miles, the river descends an average of 49 feet per mile from its headwaters in North Carolina to the state line between South Carolina and Georgia.

We will hike approximately 4.5 miles to our camp up river from Rock Gorge. There are several nice flat campsites beside the river where we'll camp. Just a short hike up river are some pretty little shoals, with large boulders to allow us to be within the arms of the river, without getting wet.

Since the days are short, it'll be nice to climb on these boulders at night to enjoy some star gazing, when we're not around the campfire. We have two harmonica players and a guitarist already, so if there's any musicians out there who can play an instrument, we would more than welcome you to our fire. Singers are always welcome as well. 

This is a relatively easy backpacking trip intended to just enjoy nature beside the river. We do expect "the team" to contribute with the chores of gathering and cutting up dead wood for the fire. Since it'll be getting dark early, and it is a winter backpacking trip, a fire is a welcome treat, as well as a great way to treat water and cook dinner. Many filters these days are worthless in freezing weather, so a fire is more than just caveman t.v., and a way to stay warm. Little plug there.


We will allow up to 2 well behaved dogs on the trip.


Required Items to Bring:
  • tent (or hammock)
  • sleeping bag/mat
  • 4 liters of water (less if you have a filter)
  • food/snacks for 1.5 days (at least 1 breakfast, 1 dinner and 1 lunch)
  • headlamp
  • sturdy hiking boots
  • rope/cordage and dry bag to hang bear-bag
  • emergency rain gear
  • cash for your carpool driver
  • warm clothes (blue jeans are a poor choice for winter)
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • camera
  • water filter or pot for boiling water
  • stove and fuel
  • camp saw
  • water shoes - highly recommended
  • a small day pack for extra hikes to waterfalls
  • dry bag
  • musical instruments
  • trekking poles
  • camp chair

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):230Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $92.00 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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