Backpacking 101 – Chattooga River Trail – SC

The Chattooga River is the crown jewel for many extreme wilderness whitewater paddlers  from all over country.  With it’s high rainfall, and unusual geology,  the Chattooga River Trail Big Rock Chatooga Trip 2011 008offers a first hand opportunity to experience numerous waterfalls and gorges along the trail. Our adventure will take you on a 13 mile journey along the banks of the Chattooga River where there are plenty of scenic views including many  waterfalls.  A quick side trip will take us to Ellicott Rock where a hiker can actually stand in 3 states at once. Along the way, we will also guide you in the basics of camping and backpacking

Itinerary:

Join the experienced guides of Big Rock Outfitters for an outing along the famed Chattooga Wild and Scenic River in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness. We will hike in from the Burrell’s Ford parking area, and guide you on an easy hike to our campsite on the chattooga_topoChattooga River, then on to Ellicott Rock, the place where the borders of Georgia, South and North Carolina all meet.  Here you can actually stand in three states at the same time. Along the way, we will also visit beautiful Spoon Auger Falls. If you have a South Carolina or Georgia fishing license, feel free to bring your fly or spinning rod. We will happily prepare fresh trout for your dinner and/or breakfast. Enjoy sumptuous meals prepared by your guides, and fall asleep alongside the tumbling waters of the Chattooga River. Your tent, sleeping pad and kitchen supplies will all be provided. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag, any personal items needed and a day pack for the hike. No need to bring your appetite. You’ll acquire one of those along the way. As we return on Sunday, we will take a side hike past a nineteenth century cemetery and beautiful King’s Creek Falls. In case you were ellicott_rockwondering………..the Chattooga River is the river where the movie “Deliverance” was filmed, but we are not likely to hear banjo music. Upon receipt of your registration, we will send you a confirmation letter containing the trip itinerary, list of recommended clothing/gear and specific directions to the trailhead. Group size is limited to 12, so get your registration in right away.

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Dates: May 24th-26th

Guides:

Bruce Cannon & Terry Long

Cost:

$195 (Includes all food, and group gear)

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Skill Level: Easy to Moderate

Weather:

Weather is always a point of concern with any outdoor event. You can expect  daytime  temperatures in the 70s with nighttime temperatures in the 40s and 50s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures as high as 90 and as low as 30, with a  chance of rainfall.  Be prepared for cold temps by bringing a fleece jacket with a separate waterproof precip shell.