The Chattooga River Trail - Highway 28 - Lick Log Falls, SC

April 6, 2010

Today's hike was on the Chattooga River Trail on the border of GA and SC. We hiked northward from the Highway 28 Bridge to Lick Log and Pigpen Falls and back. Total round trip of 9 miles.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Chuck Crisp, Jackie Crisp, Dave Hinson, Don Preece, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, John Ray, Vic Robson, Lynne Saporito, Faye Sisson, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFORMATION - This portion of the Chattooga River Trail is one of our favorites. It features lots of lush environment for wildflowers, lots of creeks, two beautiful waterfalls and the Federally designated "Wild and Scenic" Chattooga River. The terrain is gently rolling with no extreme hills and a nice long stretch of the trail is along the river bank.

We rate the difficulty of the hike moderately easy.

Directions: The trailhead is on Highway 28 between Walhalla, SC and Highlands, NC. The parking lot is on the SC side of the 28 bridge. This is the border of GA / SC.

Another great day for a hike! Sunny and warm with temperatures ranging from 58-84 degrees F. Hiking distance - 9 miles.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Bloodroot, Rue Anemone, Wood Anemone, Hepatica, Trailing Arbutus, Toad Shade Trillium, Pussy Toes, Yellow Root, Yellow Halberd-leafed Violet, Yellow Round-leafed Violet, Purple Violet, White Violet, Peppergrass and Serviceberry..

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Pileated Woodpecker, Crow, Tufted Titmouse, Black Capped Chickadee, Black & White Warbler, Black Throated Green Warbler, Blue Jay, Red Start, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Yellow Throated Vireo, Red Eyed Vireo, Pine Warbler, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Towhee, Nuthatch.

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Sign board at the trailhead - A popular trout fishing area.
This trail has lots of nice views of the Chattooga River.
A great day for early season wildflowers. (top left then clockwise) Bloodroot, Purple Toadshade Trillium, Hepatica, Halberd-leaved Violet.
Taking a break on the riverbank!
Someone has put up a rope swing here.
The footbridge across Ira Branch.
Nature's marvel on this gnarly tree. Profile of Abe Lincoln!
Licklog Falls!
Pig Pen Falls!
Lunchtime at Pigpen Falls!
Looking down on the Chattooga River.
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r)Tony Presley, John Ray, Donna Presley, Geri Whitaker, Lynne Saporito, Dave Hinson, David Whitaker, Chuck Crisp, Jackie Crisp, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Faye Sisson, Don Preece, Phil Brownrigg, Vic Robson and Carole Wintle.

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The Chattooga River Trail Hwy 28 Lick Log 4-6-10

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