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Ellicot Rock Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: 34.92066669557309, -83.16719980881132
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 3 2022  9:00 am >> Mon, Sep 5 2022 6:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 29 2022 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Sep 1 2022 9:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:42 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:5
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Ellicott Rock Wilderness uniquely spans three states in Sumter, Nantahala, and Chattahoochee National Forests of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia respectively. It is named after Major Andrew Ellicott who was tasked with the arduous job of locating the 35th parallel to settle a border dispute. On December 26th, 1811, Major Ellicott inscribed the letters "N-G" on a rock along the Chattooga River bank declaring the Georgia-North Carolina border.

We will hike and camp along the Chattooga River on day 1, then venture into the Ellicot Rock Wilderness on day 2, then back along the Chattooga River upon our return.

Day 1: 14.5 miles, ~4400"

Day 2: 15.5 miles ~3700"

Day 3: 12 miles ~3400"

The trip leader will have a carpool from Mansell Park & Ride Friday at 5p as an option, and camp near the trailhead friday night.


On the way home, we may stop for dinner.

The trip leader reserves the right to consider participant's past history and to make the final determination for participation on this hike.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER BACKPACK *** You must be in good physical condition and be able to hike long distances and keep a moderate pace. ***

Required Items to Bring:


Tent / hammock

Sleeping bag/Sleeping pad

Appropriate clothes

Rain gear

Stove & Cooking gear

Water filter / treatment

2-3 L Water and electrolytes per day

Food for 3 days

Personal Toiletries

Bug Spray

If carpooling, change of clothes and shoes

$Cash, Venmo, or Zelle for carpool and shuttle

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles

Swim Suit & Camera

water shoes


sun screen lotion

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

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