April 8, 2014
|Today's hike was on the Chattooga River Trail hiking from the Highway 28 bridge(SC side) to Licklog Creek and Pigpen Falls and back. 8.4 mi. round trip. |
HIKERS - Wayne Barrios, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Karen Brown, Pam Euliss, Stephen Gales, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Jeanne O'Connor, Tony Presley and Geri Whitaker.
TRAIL INFORMATION - One of our favorites for beautiful views of the Chattooga River especially taking the lower trail portion for the first half of the hike. The Falls are also very nice. This trail has lots of flat walking and we rate the difficulty mostly easy.
Directions: The Highway 28 (Russell) Bridge is located on SC highway 28 between Walhalla, SC and Highlands, NC. The Chattooga River is the border river of GA/SC. From Clayton, GA take Warwoman Road and drive to the intersection of Highway 28 and turn right and go to the SC side of the 28 bridge and the parking lot is on the left. Approx. 14-15 miles from Clayton.
Another great day for a hike! Cloudy and cool with some brief sprinkles - temperatures ranging from 55 to 62 degrees F. Hiking distance - 8.4 miles.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Small Bellwort, Robin's Plantain, Wood Sorrel, Pussey Toes, Toad-shade Trillium (both purple and yellow), Catesby's Trillium, Wood Anemone, Rue Anemone, Sweet White Violets, Halberd Leaf Violet, Cinqufoil, Dwarf Iris Verna, Jack-in-the-Pulpit and Purple Violets.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, CHIPPING SPARROW, WHITE THROATED SPARROW, DARK EYED JUNCO, CAROLINA WREN, VIREO, TUFTED TITMOUSE, CAROLINA CHICKADEE, PILEATED WOODPECKER.
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Our trailhead at the SC side of the Highway 28 Bridge.
An absolutely beautiful day for a hike along the Chattooga River!
Taking the lower trail, we get many great views of the Chattooga!
Early into the hike, we pass by this nice little waterfall.
We saw hundreds of Catesby's Trillium in bloom.
There are many great primitive campsites along the river.
The Chattooga River is a Federally designated "Wild and Scenic River".
Another abundant wildflower today was Wood Anemone or Windflower.
We arrive at our lunchtime destination - Pigpen Falls
Lunchtime at Pigpen Falls!
Another nice wildflower - Small Bellwort.
Geri and Wayne - soon to get hitched!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Pam Euliss, Karen Brown, Jeanne O'Connor, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Stephen Gales, Wayne Barrios, Geri Whitaker and Tony Presley.
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|Chattooga River Trail - Lick Log Creek 4-22-14|