Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

The Opossun Creek Falls Trail - Near Long Creek, SC Chattooga River

April 11, 2017

Today's hike was on the Opossum Creek Falls Trail near Long Creek, SC.

HIKERS - Mike Bell, Phil Brownrigg, Ray Clark, Joe Collins, Renee Corbett, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Bill Hunt, Trushna Nadig, Jeanne O'Connor, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Dave Standard, Carole Wintle and Jack Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - This is a beautiful woodland trail leading down to the Chattooga River and up Opossum Creek to the Falls. The trail is well maintained and the terrain is gradually downhill to the river and then goes up to the falls including some rock hopping across a creek near the falls. Total hiking distance today - Approximately 5.3 miles with a moderate to strenuous difficulty level.

Directions: From Clayton, GA: Take highway 76 East to the Chattooga River and continue another couple of miles to Orchard Rd. on the right. Follow this road to the dead end and turn right on Battle Creek Rd. and continue 1 mile to Turkey Ridge Rd. on the right (gravel) Drive 2.3 miles to the trail head parking on the left and right (basically just a wide spot in the road). Walk back up the road about 25 yards and you will see the trail to the right (marked). From Westminster, SC: 1. drive west on US 76 for 13.3 miles and turn left onto Damascus Church Road (Oconee County S-37-96). Long Creek Fire Station will be on your right after this turn. 2. Drive 0.9 mile and turn right onto Battle Creek Road (Oconee County S-37-102). 3. Drive 1.9 miles and turn right onto Turkey Ridge Road (FS 755, which is gravel). There is a sign for Opossum Creek Falls. 4. Drive 2.3 miles to the trail head parking on the left and right (basically a wide spot in the road). Walk back up the road about 25 yards and you will see the trail to the right (marked)

Another great day for a hike! Mostly fair and warm with temperatures ranging from 62 to 72 degrees F.

WILDFLOWERS: Robins Plantain, Phlox, Green and Gold, Small Belwort, Cinquefoil, Catesby Trillium, Vaseys Trillium, Red Toadshade Trillium, False Solomon's Seal, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Foam Flower, Native Azalea, Wild Geranium, Halberd Leaf Violet, Blue Violet, Sweet White Violet, Dog Hobble and Dwarf Iris Verna.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Pileated Woodpecker, Cardinal, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Junco, Crow, Blue Jay, Blue-headed Vireo, Carolina Wren, Chipping Sparrow, .


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Parking on Turkey Ridge Rd.
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Trail marker at the start.
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The air was slightly smokey early into the hike.
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The well-maintained trail is marked with white blazes similar to the A.T.
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Scorched earth along portions of the trail!
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Lots of wildflowers today! Jack-in-the-Pulpit
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After a long downhill hike, we arrive at the Chattooga River.
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We turn left and head up beautiful Opossum Creek!
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Abundant Wildflowers
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Spectacular Opossum Creek Falls!
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A great photo-op!
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MORE WILDFLOWERS
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GPS data today
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Tony Presley, Phil Brownrigg, Ray Clark, Vic Robson, Trushna Nadig, Renee Corbett, Jeanne O'Connor and Carole Wintle. (l-r back) Dave Standard, Bill Hunt, Mike Bell, Jim Driggers, Greta Driggers, Joe Collins and Jack Wintle.

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