Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

The Chattooga River Trail - Sandy Ford Rd. - Rabun Co., GA

September 20, 2016

Today's hike was on the Chattooga River Trail in Rabun Co., GA starting at Sandy Ford Rd and hiking southward. - 6 miles round trip.

HIKERS: John Anderson, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Suzanne Belflower, Bob Browe, Phil Brownrigg, Ann Clark, Ray Clark, Joe Collins, Greta Driggers, Angela Evans, Tim Hale, Bob Magee, Bruce O'Connor, Terre Pratt, Tony Presley and Vic Robson .

TRAIL INFO. - This portion of the Chattooga River Trail is very nice with great views of the river and some nice mountain views along the way. Trail conditions were not great due to several blowdowns. Moderately difficult due to elevation changes.

Directions: Take Warwoman Road 5.9 miles from Clayton and turn right on Sandy Ford Road. Cross the bridge and stay on Sandy Ford Rd. for a few miles and cross a ford and continue about a mile until the Boulder on the right side of the road engraved with "Chattooga River Trail - 10 mi. Highway 76". Park here and hike southward toward Highway 76.

Another great day for a hike! Fair and warm with temperatures ranging from 68 to 80 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: White Snakeroot, Joe Pye Weed, Goldenrod, Black-eyed Susan, Green-headed Coneflower, Woodland Sunflower, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, White Heath Aster, White Wood Aster, Spotted Jewelweed, Mountain Mint, Blue Lobelia, Southern Harebell, Beggar Lice and Pinesap.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Chicadee, Cardinal, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Crow, Tufted Titmouse and Blue Jay.

OTHER FAUNA - Rainbow Trout, Canebreak Rattlesnake.

scroll down for photos and video from today.......


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Today's trailhead.
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The Chattooga River Trail is marked with green blazes.
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Nice group of hikers today!
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We saw lots of Blue Lobelia along the trail.
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There were several blowdowns to crawl over, under or around!
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After a couple of miles, the trail comes alongside the Chattooga River .
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The Federally designated "Wild and Scenic" Chattooga River.
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Lunchtime on the Chattooga River!
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The view from our lunch spot.
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Headed back through the tall pines along the river.
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Fungus of the week!
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Snake of the week! Canebreak Rattlesnake
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Bird nest on a rock ledge.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Tony Presley, Brude O'Connor, Bob Browe and Bob Magee. (standing) Vic Robson, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, John Anderson, Joe Collins, Terre Pratt, Ray Clark, Ann Clark, Tim Hale, Phil Brownrigg, Greta Driggers, Suzanne Belflower and Angela Evans.

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