Mountain Rest

Mountain Rest, SC

A haven for outdoor adventure seekers.

Enjoy hiking the Foothills Trial starting at Oconee State Park.  Or visit the Walhalla Fish Hatchery which is the only trout hatchery in the state of South Carolina. Popular Chattooga River access points are located in Mountain Rest, as are horse trails and horse camping opportunities.

Many of Oconee’s waterfalls are concentrated in this mountainous area.

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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.


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 area: N 34.97128 W 083.11465


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.
photo of Boarhogs Place porch overlooking the chauga river


Boarhogs Place

Mountain Rest, SC
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Water front cabin along the Chauga River. Private, peaceful and relaxing. Cabin has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4 people.


Bull Sluice

Bull Sluice is a Class Five rapid on Section III of the Chattooga River. This is a popular place to view rafting trips running the rapid. It’s a short .2 mile hike from the Hwy 76 Chattooga River Access parking lot. Follow the trail downhill to where it forks, and go right along the gravel trail to reach a viewing area. Depending on your mobility level, you can walk on huge rocks on the side of the river to get a better view. (The left fork takes you to a beach downstream of the rapid.)
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Burrells Ford Campground

Campground offers campsites, pit toilet, picnic tables and fire rings (no electricity or water available). It’s a 1/4 mile walk for sites along the Chattooga River. From campsites it’s pretty easy to hike and see the impressive King Creek Falls. Burrells Ford is a good base camp location for day hiking and exploring the Ellicott Rock Wilderness. Campground is open year round and no charge.

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