Hiking The Chattooga Trail

The 6th most popular hiking trail in South Carolina.

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Northwest of Westminster near Mountain Rest in the Sumter National Forest, the Chattooga River Trail (#54) is an 18.3 mile hiking trek through the scenic river headwaters past exceptionally beautiful cascading waterfalls, wild azaleas and rhododendron. While 18.3 miles of this trail are in the Sumter National Forest, the trail connects with extensive trails of two other national forests. This primitive trail varies from moderately to extremely difficult depending upon the terrain. Keep an eye out for poisonous snakes.

To reach the popular southern trailhead from Westminster, head northwest on US76 to the stateline. There is a parking area just across the river on the Georgia side. From the southern trailhead, the route follows the western side of the river north all the way to the North Carolina border.

Overall, Chattooga Trail is the 6th most popular hiking trail of all 16 hikes in South Carolina. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Chattooga Trail including Foothills Trail - South, Buncombe Trail, Rocky Gap Trail, Cedar Springs Trail, Parsons Mountain OHV Trail and Long Cane Horse TrailFoothills Trail - North.

Chattooga Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Sumter National Forest (864) 638-9568; South Carolina Tourism (803) 734-1700.

Recommended Book:  "50 Hikes In South Carolina" from Johnny Molloy

Recommended Map:  "Chattooga River" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/scnfs/

GPS:  34.8141, -83.3073

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  8/3/2016

ID:  11075

Chattooga Trail Hiking Map


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