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Chattooga River Hike and Swim

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattooga River, Mountain Rest, SC   Hike: Chattooga River Hike and Swim   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 8 2023  11:00 am >> Sat, Jul 8 2023 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jul 4 2023 9:01 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 7 2023 8:48 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:8 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: 11 / 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.


Trying for a sunny day!  If the forecast calls for thunderstorms, we'll reschedule to Sunday and/or another day.   

Here's an easy to moderate hiking trip along the Chattooga River starting on the Bartram Trail, and forking off of that trail towards the end.

We'll drive to the trailhead parking at Russell's Bridge just before crossing the river.  Park on the Georgia side.  (Hwy 28 crosses Chattooga river).  If there is no available parking, then drive across the river and park in the parking lot on the left of the road.   

The trailhead is located on the southside of Hwy 28, on the Geogia side of the river.  Note that the Chattooga River forms the border of Georgia and South Carolina here.   The trail may be muddy in places.

We will hike about 4 miles southbound to an area along the river to picnic, sunbathe, swim, wade, and enjoy this great river.   We'd like to enjoy this area at our leisure, spending at least an hour here.  We will return to the cars following the same route.

Note that hiking times are estimates.  Best to be flexible to allow for the wonderment of the area. :-)

In the morning, we can make a pit stop at Ingles in Clayton.   If you want to meet there and follow each other to the trail head, that is an option.

Due to chemical sensitivities, please no colognes or perfumes.  Thanks.

Optional dining for early dinner in Clayton.  Arrange with your carpool in the morning!

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Boots/Hiking Shoes

Water and/or similar liquids

Lunch, Snacks 

Yellow Jacket remedy as needed

CASH for the drivers

Water filter or water purification tablets if you want to collect water

Dry clothing and shoes for ride home

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Insect repellent
Chair, hammock or sit pad
Trekking poles
Water shoes
Bathing suit
Rain Gear

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 St in Clayton, Ga (75.6 mi)
Turn Right on Rickman St 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 mi)

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):208Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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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.

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