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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, Nov 13 2021  8:00 am >> Sun, Nov 14 2021 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Nov 8 2021 7:53 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 12 2021 7:53 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:8 Miles
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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: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The Chattooga River forms a natural boundary between South Carolina and Georgia. This 57 mile Wild and Scenic River flows through stunning landscapes and has some of the best whitewater in the Southeast.

Join us for a two-day backpack on one of the most scenic parts of the Chattooga River Trail, Section 3.

We will begin at Nicholson Ford and hike north approximately 4 miles along the Chattooga River Trail. On the way we will take in Lick Log Falls and the spectacular Rock Gorge, which forces the river into sections no more than 10 feet wide. After passing Rock Gorge we will camp a short distance up-river from Rock Gorge.  Once we have set-up camp everone will be required to help collect and process firewood for the evening's campfire. After that, folks are free to do whatever they want - read, fish, swim, sunbathe, meditate, take a hike, etc.


If you are a beginner looking to get into backpacking then this would be a great trip for you. Further suggestions on what to bring can be found on the AOC website here: http://www.atlantaoutdoorclu king.asp

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

Required Items to Bring:
  • tent (or hammock)
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping mat
  • 4 liters of water (less if you have a filter)
  • food/snacks for 2 days (at least 1 breakfast, 1 dinner and 2 lunches)
  • headlamp
  • sturdy hiking boots
  • cash for your carpool driver and change of clothes (which you can leave in the car) for the ride home.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • camera
  • water filter
  • swimwear or quick dry clothing
  • water shoes (closed toe required if hiking up through Rock Gorge)
  • camp saw
  • camp chair
  • a small day pack for extra hikes to waterfalls and swimming holes - preferably one you can get wet.
  • trekking poles
  • bacon and rice crispy treats for the TLs. ;-)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Trail head parking coordinates: 34.9249, -83.1224

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

Registration for this event opens at 11/8/2021 7:53:00 PM