Location: Northwestern South Carolina
Trip Starts: Burrells Ford Parking Area
Trip Ends: Burrells Ford Parking Area
Total Distance: 2.6 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Trails Used: Chattooga River, Foothills
Trail Traffic: Moderate to Heavy
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
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Sumter National Forest
Andrew Pickens Ranger District
112 Andrew Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, South Carolina 29664
(864) 638-9568


The Chattooga River begins in the mountains of North Carolina as small rivulets, nourished by springs and abundant rainfall, high on the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. The water drops a half mile in elevation over fifty miles as it winds its way to Lake Tugaloo where the river ends between South Carolina and Georgia. The Chattooga is one of the few remaining free-flowing streams in the Southeast, and the setting is primitive with dense forests and undeveloped shorelines on most of its route. On May 10, 1974, Congress designated the Chattooga a Wild and Scenic River – a honor reserved for rivers with outstanding scenery, recreation, wildlife, geologic, and cultural values.

The Chattooga River Trail is a forty mile route that borders the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia and follows the banks of the Chattooga National Wild And Scenic River from Burrell’s Ford to US 76. The hike to King Creek Falls is an easy one that follows the river southbound from the Burrells Ford Parking Area and picks up a spur trail that leads about 0.3 miles to the falls. Kings Creek drops 60-70 feet into a U-shaped cove that has a small beach and a nice swimming hole at the base of the falls. There are some nice campsites along the river and they are a short distance from the falls, or you can backtrack to the designated campsites which are located near the Burrell Ford parking area.

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