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Chattooga River Backpacking

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Chattooga River   Backpacking: Chattooga River Backpacking   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 2 2019  8:00 am >> Sun, Mar 3 2019 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Feb 24 2019 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Feb 28 2019 11:25 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:8 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Scott Kozlowski
Todd M
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
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: Yes


Here's an easy backpacking trip on the Chattooga River Trail.

We'll drive to the trailhead at Russell's Bridge (where hwy 28 crosses Chattooga river), and hike about 4 miles approximately to the area just down river from LickLog creek. We may need to hike a little further depending on what is available, since you can't reserve a camping area.

After setting up camp, eating lunch, and collecting firewood, you're free to do whatever you want! Hiking, fishing, relaxing.....collecting more wood...?!.

In the evening, we plan on having a fire, some campfire music and general backcountry merriment

On Sunday, we'll take our time to have breakfast and enjoy the area before breaking camp. Mornings in the mountains are awesome, and don't want to hurry back to the city. However, if you arrange it at the carpool, you're free to leave as early as you want with your carpool group. Hard to get lost on this's just there and back.

There will be a 3 dog limit. Must be friendly and well behaved. Expect to drive your own car if you bring your dog.

Leave no trace, paper products only to be burned in fire.

Arrange with trip leaders or other friends PRIOR to event if you plan to/need to share any equipment.  

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Boots/Hiking Shoes
Backpack for overnight trip
Sleeping Bag  
Thermarest/Sleeping Pad
Backpacking Stove
Water, either in camel back or nalgene carriers
Cold weather gear ...It may be chilly
Headlamp, spare batteries
Meals (1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast)
Water filter or water purification tablets
Bear bag, string to hang it
Lighter or matches

Please see the AOC Backpacking Checklist for other required and recommended items.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Trekking poles.
Rain Gear
Adult beverages
Fire starter

Wood saw (for dead wood only)

Dry clothes, towel, extra water, and clean shoes for car (sack for muddy boots)

I recommend that no one leaves (purse, phone) valuables in cars

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Carpool
Take 85 North to 985 (11.9 mi)
Stay left and follow 985/23/365 to Rickman Rd in Clayton, Ga (75.6 mi)
Turn Right on Rickman and follow to Warwoman Rd (0.5 mi)
Turn right onto Warwoman Rd which will merge on 28 (12.5 mi)
Stay on 28 to destination (3.1 mi)
Gravel parking lot will be on your left right after you cross the bridge over the Chattooga (google map w/directions)

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):208Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $83.20 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.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.