April 4, 2017
Today's hike was on the Chattooga River Trail starting on the SC side of the Highway 28 bridge on the border of GA/SC.
HIKERS - John Anderson, Jenny Bell, Mike Bell, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Bob Browe, Phil Brownrigg, Joe Collins, Renee Corbett, Pam Euliss, Angela Evans, Stephen Gales, Tim Hale, Whitney Hutchinson, Dick Metzgar, Trushna Nadig, Tony Presley, Vic Robson.
TRAIL INFO. - Parking on the SC side of Highway 28 bridge, we took the lower trail along the Chattooga River instead of the upper trail which veers away from the river. The two trails come back together after a couple of miles and continues on to Lick Log Creek which features two nice waterfalls. Licklog Falls and Pigpen Falls. The lower trail has lots of flat walking along the river. On the way back, some took the upper trail making it a loop hike. The total round trip hike today was 8.5 miles - moderate difficulty.
Directions: 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! Fair and mild. Temperatures in the low 60's F warming into the low 70's. Total distance - 8.5 mi.
BLOOMING PLANTS: Halberd Leaf Violet, Sweet White Violet, Blue Violet, Wood Anemone, Rue Anemone, Bluets, Robin's Plantain, Catesby's Trillium, Toadshade Trillium (red and yellow), Small Bellwort, Foamflower, Dwarf Iris (vernal), Dog Hobble, Yellowroot.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Pine Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Towhee.
OTHER FAUNA: Garter Snake and Luna Moth
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