Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

Ellicott Rock Hike from Burrell's Ford, SC - November 8, 2016

November 1, 2016

Today's hike was on the Chattooga River Trail in SC from Burrell's Ford Campground Parking lot to Ellicott Rock (the survey mark for NC/SC/GA). See history below.

HIKERS - John Anderson, Jenny Bell, Mike Bell, Suzanne Belflower, Phil Brownrigg, Ray Clark, Joe Collins, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Bill Hunt, Dick Metzgar, Beth McDonald, Tony Presley, Gerald Richardson, Vic Robson,

ELLICOTT ROCK HISTORY - (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) In 1811, Andrew Ellicott made a survey for the State of Georgia to resolve the boundary dispute between Georgia and North Carolina. He marked a large rock in the Chattooga River with "NC-GA", standing for North Carolina - Georgia. Two years later commissioners representing South Carolina and North Carolina marked a large rock along the Chattooga River bank with the inscription "Lat 35 AD 1813 NC + S.C." as the juncture where the South Carolina and North Carolina state lines joined. The rock marked by the S.C. and N.C. commissioners in 1813, rather than the rock marked by Ellicott in 1811, is usually called Ellicott's Rock. It is also known as Ellicott Rock. This is commonly accepted as the point where the boundary lines of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia join. There are two versions in print on the distance between the two rocks. One is that Ellicott's original rock was 500 ft upstream.[2] In the other story, the rocks are much closer. De Hart's South Carolina Trails guide said that they are a "few feet apart."[3] In the North Carolina trail guide, he said Commissioner Rock is "ten feet downstream" This rock was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is located in Ellicott Rock Wilderness. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has additional information, and copies of the nomination forms.

TRAIL INFORMATION - Parking on Burrell's Ford road at the trail crossing, we hiked up the Chattooga River to Ellicott Rock and back. It is a mostly flat hike with only a few short inclines. Most of the hike keeps you in view of the federally designated "Wild and Scenic Chattooga River" The forest is mixed with majestic White Pines and Eastern Hemlocks along with various hardwoods, rhododendrons and mountain laurel. We rate the hike easy except for a few trees down across the trail and one difficult stream crossing (depending on the water level).

Directions: From Walhalla, take SC 28 north to SC 107. Turn right onto SC 107 and follow for 10 miles to Forest Service road 708 (Burrells Ford Road on left). Travel about 2 miles or so down this gravel road and park in the campground parking lot . Another great day for a hike! Fair and cold with temperatures ranging from 19 to 38 degrees F. Hiking distance - approx. 7.5 miles.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Aster, Goldenrod

BIRDS IDENTIFIED:Carolina Chickadee, American Crow, Pileated Woodpecker, Robin .

OTHER FAUNA: Rainbow Trout scroll down for photos.......

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


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Sunrise from Clayton, GA - Dick and Ann Metzgar's home.
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Trailhead on Burrell's Ford Rd.
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Early into the hike - Wilderness sign.
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The trail follows the Chattooga River - beautiful even with low water level.
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Mushroom of the Week!
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Crossing the East Fork Chattooga Bridge.
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Looking down the East Fork to the merge with the Chattooga.
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Crossing Bad Creek (easier today due to low water level).
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The giant boulder in the river is about .2 miles from Ellicott Rock.
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With sure footing, you can climb up onto the boulder! Beth McDonald
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At the NC-SC-GA point, the original Ellicott Rock on the shoreline of the river.
Someone has scraped off the algae to make the letters more visible.
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About 15 ft. downstream is Commissioners Rock.
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Lunchtime back at the giant boulder.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Vic Robson, Ray Clark, John Anderson, Phil Brownrigg, Joe Collins, Jenny Bell, Greta Driggers, Dick Metzgar, Suzanne Belflower, Gerald Richardson, Beth McDonald, Bill Hunt, Jim Driggers, Mike Bell and Tony Presley.

SEE VIDEO OF THE HIKE BELOW!

SEE MANY MORE GREAT PHOTOS FROM THE HIKE BELOW! -click photo


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