This area contains hundreds of thousands of acres of remote wilderness.
Many locations, including those in and around the Chattooga River, even
where there is nearby road access, are easily a ½ hour from the
nearest emergency medical care. Emergencies at locations such as Lake
Tugaloo can take 2 hours for emergency medical care to arrive at the
Also, there are large blocks of area, including the river corridor,
where cell phones do not receive reception. You will still be required
to hike out to an area accessible to a tower.
If you do have an emergency, be prepared to provide 911 with very specific
instructions on your location, even for well-known locations such as
Be aware and use appropriate caution.
Emergency numbers for the following communities are as follows:
Oconee County, SC
Oconee Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical
Oconee County Sheriff's Office
Rabun County, GA
Rabun County Memorial Hospital
Macon County, NC