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Walhalla Fish Hatchery Loop Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Walhalla, SC   Hike: Walhalla Fish Hatchery Loop Trail    National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 20 2022  9:00 am >> Sat, Aug 20 2022 7:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Aug 10 2022 8:04 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 19 2022 8:05 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10.7 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 1 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This a great hike that has great views and changes in scenery including a walk alongside the famous Chattooga River. The Chattooga river is a 57 mile long river that has its headwaters near Cashiers in North Carolina before it finishes in Lake Tugaloo combing with the Tallulah river creating the Tugalo river.

The river was used as a setting for the fictional Cahulawassee River in the book and film Deliverance.!!

We will leave the Burrell’s ford camping area and head up the foothills trail into the Ellicott Rock Wilderness area continuing along the foothills trail until we reach the Walhalla Fish Hatchery road, walking down this road we will stop at the fish hatchery for lunch. There will be a chance to feed the fish if you want (feed is available from paid dispensers). 

After lunch, we will continue down the East Fork Trail of the Chattooga river until we reach the Chattooga River trail. 

We will make a left and continue along along the CRT until we will take the trail up to Spoon Auger Falls, after visiting the falls we will back track to the loop trail and then begin our climb back up to the foot hills trail following this until we reach our cars. 

If time and weather permit we may have a chance to take a swim in the Chattooga River before returning to the cars so please bring your swimwear and river shoes.

This is a great hike for those who want to move up from a D3 level to a D4 level. 

Required Items to Bring:

Food - lunch/snacks
Spare pairs of socks
Water/sports drink - at least 2.5 litres (or if you carry a filter you can filter from the creek) 
Change of clothes for the ride home
Cash for the carpool driver

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

Hiking Poles
River Shoes (if you want to swim)
Swimwear (if you want to swim)
Insect repellant
Sense of humor.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the SC Visitor Center we will take scenic highway 11 into Walhalla, we will then take SC 28 for 7.5 miles then bear right on SC 107, drive 10 miles then turn left on Burrells Ford Road.  The parking area is approximately 3 miles ahead on the left.

We will hand out driving directions.

Plan on stopping at the SC Visitor exit for a bio break and to regroup.

Travel time: Approx 2 hour 10ish minutes

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):244Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $97.60 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.


This event will occur rain or shine. 

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

Cost Includes:

No fees.

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

Registration for this event opens at 8/10/2022 8:04:00 PM