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Macon County North Carolina Hiking Trails

Ellicott Rock Trail

Length: 3.5  miles

Trail is located in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area and Chattooga Wild and Scenic Area. Trail starts on moderate terrain, and it is not until the Chattooga gorge is reached that the grade becomes steep.

When the Chattooga River is visible from the Ellicott Rock trail, there is a fork. The narrow trail on the left descends steeply into the gorge on switchbacks and over large deadfalls.

The wider trail continues straight and makes a gradual descent into Georgia and across a creek before ending at a primitive campground next to the river. While hiking down into the gorge, stay on the trail, and avoid shortcuts. Soils are fragile in the gorge and shortcuts cause erosion. The Ellicott Rock Wilderness is located where the borders of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia meet.
Directions From Highlands:
Drive south on Main Street and Horse Cove Roads 4.5 miles to the end of the pavement. Turn right onto Bull Pen Road and drive east 1.8 miles to the Ellicott Rock Trail head.
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