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N.O.C. Chattooga Outpost

Mountain Rest, SC
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N.O.C. Chattooga Outpost

NOC has been leading trips on the Chattooga river since their company’s inception in 1972. In fact, company founder Payson Kennedy was a stunt double in the movie Deliverance. NOC’s Chattooga guides are among the nation’s most elite whitewater guides. They receive industry-leading training and are equipped with the most modern river equipment.

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Oscar Wigington Scenic Byway

Oconee County, SC
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Oscar Wigington Scenic Byway

Check out a suggested itinerary from South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for scenic drives along one of South Carolina's prettiest mountain roads.

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Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Mountain Rest, SC
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Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Headquartered at Stumphouse Ranger Station. Andrew Pickens Ranger District is located in Oconee County on more than 85,000 acres in Sumter National Forest. Popular attractions on the district include: hunting, fishing, hiking, fall color sightseeing, camping, horseback riding, and whitewater activities on the wild and scenic Chattooga River.

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Bella Luna Luxury Treehouse

Mountain Rest, SC
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Bella Luna Luxury Treehouse

Rustic chic tiny house in the trees designed as a romantic retreat for couples. King-size bed and vintage crystal chandelier, kitchenette and bathroom with huge walk-in shower has natural fossil stone tile and river rock floor. Deck with cedar rocking chairs and porch swing. This getaway is just minutes from hiking, bike trails, and breathtaking waterfalls.

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Big Bend Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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Big Bend Falls

Largest vertical drop of the Chattooga River is a sight to see with a 30 ft. drop. It is a difficult 3 hour walk that we recommend for adventurous, expert hikers. GPS Coordinates to parking prea: N 34.97128 W 083.11465

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Big Bend Trail

Mountain Rest, SC
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Big Bend Trail

This 2.7-mile, out-and-back trail begins a the Cherry Hill Recreation Area and eventually ends at a junction with the Foothills Trail along the Chattooga River. An adventurous scramble on an unmaintained trail along the river affords views of 30-ft. Big Bend Falls, the largest drop on the Chattooga River.

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Chattooga River Fly Shop

Mountain Rest, SC
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Chattooga River Fly Shop

Full service fly shop located just a few miles from the Chauga & Chattooga Rivers. They have “Hot Flies” and all your fly fishing needs. Guided fly fishing trips, both full & half day, casting lessons & fly tying instruction for the novice to the expert.

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Chattooga Trail

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Chattooga Trail

15.5 mile trail that runs parallel to the famous Chattooga River, and shares 8.5 miles with the Foothills Trail. It passes through some of the finest wilderness in South Carolina. The northern terminus of the Chattooga Trail is Ellicott Rock, where Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina meet. Waterfall lovers shouldn’t miss this trail, since you can see King Creek, Spoonauger, Big Bend, Pigpen and Licklog Falls at points along the trail.

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Chattooga Trails Bed & Barn

Mountain Rest, SC
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Chattooga Trails Bed & Barn

Private rooms and full kitchen suites or RV sites with full hook ups. They can accommodate horses in the pasture, barn, corrals or tied up at a hitching post right beside RV sites. Ride out from the property to the trails leading to the Chattooga River crossings just minutes away. Come back and end your evening by the campfire in the quiet, natural setting.

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Chauga Narrows

Mountain Rest, SC
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Chauga Narrows

Located on the Chauga River, view of the narrow 25 ft. high falls. A moderate hike. Great picnic spot and swimming along the river. For best viewing of falls, some climbing over rocks is required. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.83332 W 083.17399

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Chauga River

Mountain Rest, SC
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Chauga River

A 31 mile long tributary of the Tugaloo River that flows south to Lake Hartwell. The Chauga River offers much of the same scenic beauty and cool waters found nearby on the Chattooga River. Anglers like the Chauga River and often catch rainbow trout, brown trout, chubs, and redeye bass. Depending on the water level, sections of the Chauga are popular for whitewater kayaking. Good access and parking are available off Cassidy Bridge Road in Mountain Rest.

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Cheohee or Miuka Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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Cheohee or Miuka Falls

A 75 ft. waterfall on Townes Creek easily viewed with a 45-minute hike. This is one of two falls you can reach by hiking the Winding Stairs Trail, the other being Secret Falls. Go north from Walhalla on Hwy 28, bear right on Hwy 107 for 8 miles. Follow signs for Winding Stairs Trail which turns right in .2 miles, make a sharp left and continue 1/3 miles to clearing and hear the falls. Hike through foliage to creek. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.94220 W 083.08975

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Ellicott Rock

Mountain Rest, SC
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Ellicott Rock

The rock is recognized as the place where the three states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia meet. Andrew Ellicott’s survey was made in 1811. This rock was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is located in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness.

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Fall Creek Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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Fall Creek Falls

Multiple falls range from 30 to 40 ft. within a 1-mile stretch. A long, steep, but not dangerous 2-mile hike made more difficult during spring and summer by foliage. Best viewing is in winter. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.82246 W 083.25079

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Hidden Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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Hidden Falls

Near the head of the Foothills Trail, this 50 ft. waterfall over granite ledges can be reached with a moderate, one-hour hike. Best show of waterfall occurs after a rain. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.863309 W 083.09820

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Historic Whetstone Place

Mountain Rest, SC
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Historic Whetstone Place

Nestled in the northwest corner of South Carolina, Historic Whetstone Place, an antebellum home built in 1835, is near the Wild & Scenic Chattooga River. Hiking & riding trails of Earls & Sandy Fords are close to the house. Chattooga Belle Farm and whitewater outposts offering guided rafting trips and zip line courses are nearby.

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King Creek Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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King Creek Falls

This 70 ft. tumble through a laurel-choked gorge is one of the best to view. Easy to moderate 30-minute hike that is sometimes slippery. Trail is well marked, with restrooms at the trail head. Family friendly beautiful sight. Kids can play in the pool at the base of the falls. You can hike the look and view the river. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.97128 W 083.11465

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Last Resort at Lake Becky

Mountain Rest, SC
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Last Resort at Lake Becky

Fun little cabin in the mountains of South Carolina. Less than a mile to Oconee State Park, slightly further to waterfalls, fish hatchery, hiking trail, Stumphouse Tunnel Park.

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Mountain Rest Cabins & Campground

Mountain Rest, SC
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Mountain Rest Cabins & Campground

Choose from 18 Themed Chalets & Cottages, Camping or RV sites that are secluded and off the beaten path. Stroll along gentle flowing creeks, listening to Nature’s softly sung songs. Just a few minutes away from white water rafting and fly fishing on the Chattooga River, numerous waterfalls and boating on Lake Jocassee.

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Mountain Rest Cafe & Scoops Ice Cream

Mountain Rest, SC
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Mountain Rest Cafe & Scoops Ice Cream

Know for the mountain burger, onion rings and country vegetables. Open for LUNCH Thursday - Sunday from 11AM to 2PM and DINNER Thursday - Saturday from 5PM to 8:30PM all year. You pass by this place the way to many of the area's best hikes and waterfalls.

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Pigpen Falls & Licklog Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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Pigpen Falls & Licklog Falls

Perfect falls for a young family. An easy one-hour hike to two sets of falls 1/4 mile apart. Pigpen will be the first falls on the left with a great swimming hole. Licklog is a short distance further on the right, and a little more difficult to view if leaves are out. Continue on the trail a few more minutes to the Chattooga River. Nice place to swim and picnic. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.91905 W 083.12020

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Rocky Gap/Willis Knob

Mountain Rest, SC
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Rocky Gap/Willis Knob

Rocky Gap Trail in South Carolina and Willis Knob Trail in Georgia combine to offer some of the most scenic horseback riding in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Winding across deeply dissected ridges, the trails descend into the beautiful Chattooga Wild & Scenic River corridor. For a fee the Whetstone Horse Camp in Mountain Rest serves as a base camp for many users of both trails. Earls Ford Road and has trailer parking area and hiking trail access to the Chattooga River.

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Spoonauger Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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Spoonauger Falls

Two-fer waterfall opportunity. This 50 ft. waterfall is set back into a hillside and surrounded by an explosion of shrubbery. Follow the trail approximately 1/4 mile. Cross over Spoonauger Creek. King Creek Falls and the Chattooga River are in the same area. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.97480 W 083.11478

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Stella Vista Treehouse

Mountain Rest, SC
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Stella Vista Treehouse

This cozy, vintage designed space makes the perfect romantic getaway for 2 people or a well-deserved retreat for just one person looking for some much needed downtime. This lodging allows guests to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature, as there is no WiFi or television.

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Tree Huggers Delight

Mountain Rest, SC
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Tree Huggers Delight

Close to Chattooga Belle Farm, waterfalls, Chattooga River whitewater rafting, trout fishing, and the Southern Appalachian mountains. The rental is a walkout basement with its own separate entrance. This house is on 8 secluded acres in the hardwood forest. Two private bedrooms and a full sleeper-sofa in the living room. Big porch w/ outdoor shower.

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Walhalla State Fish Hatchery

Mountain Rest, SC
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Walhalla State Fish Hatchery

Operated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), the Walhalla State Fishery produces trout for recreational fishing. It is the only SC state hatchery involved in the culture of coldwater trout. When the trout reach an appropriate size, they are stocked wherever suitable coldwater habitat occurs in South Carolina. Visitors are welcome to tour the facility.

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Whetstone Horse Camp

Mountain Rest, SC
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Whetstone Horse Camp

Over 30 miles of horseback riding trails. The campground is open year-round and has 18 sites with parking spurs for horse trailers. Nine sites are available by reservation only, while the other nine are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern post. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Hitching racks are located throughout the facility.

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Winding Stairs Trail

Mountain Rest, SC
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Winding Stairs Trail

A 75-ft waterfall tucked away along this accessible 3.5 mile trail makes this an interesting choice for a hike. If you start at the northern trailhead at the Cherry Hill Recreation Area, this meandering path is an easy hike, but the return trip is moderately difficult due to 1,100 foot elevation change. It is possible to be picked up by car at the southern end of the trail on Tamassee Road (FS 71), or rather hike can begin at that point.

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