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.