Backpacking 20 miles the Chattooga River Trail.

Blue Ridge Backpackers
Blue Ridge Backpackers
Public group

Chattooga River Trail

US-76 · Mountain Rest, SC

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I will be driving a Brown Chevy Silverado. text if you have any questions please. 843-991-4473

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This is the coordinates for our meeting point.

N 34°55'[masked]" W 83°10'[masked]"

Let's start the first day of Spring the right way by Backpacking the Chattooga river trail. This can be a good backpacking trip for beginners with good health and physical shape. The Chattooga River in Georgia’s northeast corner is one of the classic whitewater runs in the United States. Less known is the fact that right beside this National Wild and Scenic River, surrounded by vast acreages of national forest, is one of the best hikes in the Southeast: a 20-mile one-way route that snakes between green wooded bluffs and sculptured rock formations while skirting the river’s ledges, drops and rambunctious rapids. Trail Details: Most hikers/Backpackers begin their trip from the Chattooga River Information Station near the U.S. 76 bridge, which, at 1,190 feet, is the lowest elevation on the entire Chattooga River Trail. The trek is best done as a shuttle hike rather than a loop, so we need to carpool. The trail alternates between a single-file track and brief stretches on old roads. Along the way we can explore the sights boaters whiz past: cascading waterfalls and steep-sided coves; unnamed stream crossings; secluded sandy beaches; and long, calm pools where you can stop for lunch, cool off in deep green swimming holes, and fish for trout and bass. There will be some moderate elevation gain on this footpath, so pack light. The trail occasionally crosses hump-backed ridges, leading as much as half a mile from the wild river. Camping Details: Numerous campsites are located near and along the banks of the Chattooga in this area. Backcountry permits are not required within the river corridor. If anyone would like to deep or swim we will have plenty of space for that. Getting There: I will get the details how to get there and driving direction. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to me I'll be happy to answer anything regarding this trip or future events. We will drive and leave some cars at Chattooga River/ Bartram trailhead Clayton GA 30525 And drive to the starting point where we begin our hike. Chattooga river trail US 76 mountain rest SC