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East Fork Trail at Walhalla Fish Hatchery

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Great River hike, fishing, access to Ellicott Rock, picnic area at trailhead
Near:Mountain Rest, SC
Distance:4.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1000 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: It is a pretty straightforward hike. Follows the east fork of the Chattoga River and is very scenic. At the trailhead, it is a good place for picnicking with family and many good wooded, semi-private picnic tables (some near the river, so bring fishing poles). It was pretty busy the day I went, and seems like it is a popular hiking spot, and at the end, if you went left over the bridge, there is a camping area and the connector trail for the foothills trail. If you go right, it will take you to Ellicot Rock. There is also good fishing along the trail if you like to fish.
Trailhead: From Walhalla, drive north on SC 28 for 7.5 miles and veer right onto SC 107. Drive 12 miles and turn left onto Fish Hatchery Road (Oconee County S-37-325). The east trailhead is at a bridge just past the Fish Hatchery and picnic area. Didn't log the exact mileage down once you turn on Fish Hatchery Road, but it is not immediately when you turn. You will go down pretty curvy road for a bit before reaching the parking lot.
(Lat:34.98535 Lon:-83.06939)

Trail Guides for East Fork Trail at Walhalla Fish Hatchery:
Hiking South Carolina
by John Clark & John Dantzler  (Falcon)
by SC State Trails Program  ()

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact:  Sumter National Forest, Mountain Rest, SC 29664, 864-638-9568.
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Bain, who has posted  6 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Holli on 3/25/2012
Trail was easy to follow and was well maintained. Would definately hike again, hopefully minus the snakes.

Reviewed by stephanie on 9/1/2011
Easy to follow and easy to hike. Plan to bring along the 6 yr old next time and camp at end of trail. I think it will be a great first backpacking experience for him.

Reviewed by Viewer on 10/25/2010
very nice well maintained trail.Has a lot of pretty scenery in the fall and some big trees.Most of the trail is fairly easy,its a hike worth doing.Trail ends at Burrels ford trail and Ellicot trail junction and the Chattooga River.

Reviewed by Keith on 12/23/2005
One of the most beautiful places to hike which includes a major trout fishing adventure for brown. The waterfalls and sometimes bear and cat calls make this place a true place for wildlife exploration.

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