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Starting at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery, the lightly used, East Fork Trail is an easy 2.5 mile hike along the north bank of the scenic, fast moving, East Fork of the Chattooga River. You will pass through the lush, East Fork Gorge into the Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area, which provides a backdrop for all but the start and finish of this trail. It meanders to a junction with the Chattooga Trail where you can backtrack or hike to Ellicott Rock, which is 1.9 miles north on the Chattooga Trail. Although you can access the East Fork from the Chattooga Trail, we recommend starting from the east trailhead at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery, because restrooms and drinking water are available. If you do choose to start from the west trailhead, you will need to hike 2.1 miles on the Chattooga Trail from Burrells Ford. No facilities are available at Burrells Ford.

Directions: From Walhalla, To Burrells Ford: drive west on SC 28 for 7.5 miles and bear right onto SC 107. Drive approximately 10 miles and turn left onto Burrells Ford Road (Forest Service Road 708). Drive on Burrells Ford Road to a sign, which indicates the way to Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area on the Chattooga Trail. Hike for 2.1 miles on the Chattooga Trail to the west trailhead of the East Fork Trail.

Distance: 2.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

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