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Hike Chattooga River trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattooga River trail (beach, swimming hole)
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jul 11 2004  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 9 2004 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 17 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

moderate –heavy duty bushwhacking 7 mile hiking adventure

This is not a very tough hike by fearless leader Bruce’s standards with only the tall weeds, slapping in the face, to cause anyone to curse my name. That part of the hike is some 100 yards or so around Reed Creek, and along much of the Chattooga River, the last mile.

After we travel up to Clayton and stop briefly at McDonalds to coordinate (around 10:45am), we will then go up Hwy.441 north about ¼ of a mile to the right hand turn that goes to Warwoman Road and travel to our trailhead.

The hike follows an easy grade, on a wide roadbed for more than 1 mile, then turns into a smaller trail with some heavy bushwhacking through high reeds and weeds, including poison ivy (wear long pants, bring lotions for same). Then we get to a wide, but shallow crossing of Reed Creek at the Reed Creek bottoms. After some more bushwhacking (about 50 feet worth through more tall flora, the trail begins to follow right alongside the Chattooga River and more bushwhacking and ends at a sandy beach area across from lower Licklog Falls across the river on the South Carolina side. All of the previous bushwhacking is more than repaid with a very nice beach and swimming hole. Anyone who wants is welcome to swim and/or swim across the river to the waterfall. Indeed this will be the focal point of this relatively level hike; to swim, lounge on the beach, sunbathe and relax for a good bit of time before returning.

Anyone who wishes can join in an inexpensive dining experience at a local Chinese restaurant in Clayton, GA in Clayton afterwards.

This is a repeat of a hike done May 8th, which was incredibly fun and enjoyed by those who made it. Bring your sense of adventure - and waterbabies who like swimming and/or foot dipping will be most welcome, happy and well pleased on this trip. It cant be stressed enough to protect yourself from the poison ivy that’s more invasive on the last half of this trail, with long pants and lotions. I will provide aloe baby wipes to clean off legs, arms and exposed areas of skin after the hike, before we return to the big city.

Required Items to Bring:
2 liters or quarts of water
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Bug Repellent-(useful for tick prevention)
Poison ivy protection including long pants, any lotions you have for prevention is important, this time of year, on this trail.
Swimming gear, if you wish
any means of river sandal – old sneakers to cross-Reed Creek trail food
supportive shoes or hiking boots. (This is not a particularly rocky trail and hiking boots are not mandatory).

How to Get There:
Event Directions:near the Russell Bridge off of Highway 28 in GA park and ride only from the Indian Trail park and ride lot we will travel about 12 miles to I-985, and travel on I-985 to Clayton where we will pick up Warwoman Road and take it until it ends at Highway 28, turn south and travel to the trailhead pullout next to the highway.


Are Dogs Permitted? No

Will this event occur rain or shine? Not in heavy rain or thunderstorms. Leader will contact you by email or phone in case of cancellation. If you have concerns please contact the leader prior to the event.
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:shared gas expenses paid to your driver and cost of dinner (7-8 bucks) should you decide to dine after the day’s adventure.

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