Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

Chattooga River Trail - Licklog Creek from Highway 28 Bridge - Border of SC - GA

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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Parking on the SC side of Highway 28 Bridge
Another great day for a hike!
Wildflower Season is here! 18 species spotted today! Here are 5 - (top left then clockwise)
Rue Anemone, Red and Yellow Toadshade Trillium, Small Bellwort, Dwarf Iris Verna.
A nice waterfall early into the hike on the lower trail.
Beautiful views of the Chattooga all along the trail today!
Big green Luna Moth!
Nice campfire spot on the river with rock chairs (The Flintstones style)!
Smiling faces in beautiful places!
Loud roaring Licklog Falls!
Our lunch spot today - Pigpen Falls
Our first snake of the year!
The trail comes very close to the river here.
GPS data today
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r kneeling) Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Dick Metzgar, Bob Browe, Renee Corbett and Pam Euliss. (l-r standing) Phil Brownrigg, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Joe Collins, Whitney Hutchinson, , Mike Bell, Jenny Bell, Tim Hale, Stephen Gales, Angela Evans and John Anderson. Not pictured - Trushna Nadig.


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