WARWOMAN ROAD BRIDGE: Follow Warwoman
Road 14 miles east from Clayton.
OVERFLOW CREEK ROAD BRIDGE: Follow
Warwoman Road 14 miles east from Clayton. Cross the West Fork, then
turn left onto FS 86 (Overflow Creek Road) and follow approximately
1.3 miles to a one-lane bridge.
RUSSELL BRIDGE: Follow Warwoman Road
14 miles east from Clayton, cross the West Fork of the Chattooga,
and go to the junction with GA 28. Turn right (south) on GA 28
and go approximately 3 miles to the bridge.
LONG BOTTOM FORD / LOW WATER BRIDGE:
One-half mile below Russell Bridge, a dirt road turns off south
to Long Bottom Ford / Low Water Bridge.
SOUTH CAROLINA ACCESS TO EARL'S FORD AND
SANDY FORD: Downstream, Earl's Ford is the next point of
access. At Mountain Rest, about 3.75 miles, turn right (south)
on FS 196 and go 3.25 miles to a four-way stop at Whetstone; turn
right (west) and go off pavement at 1.75 miles on a good gravel
road for 1.25 miles. There is a camp specially designed to accommodate
horses and horse trailers, and from it radiate horse trails that
explore the area. If one turns left here on FS 721A, in 1.25 miles
the river corridor is reached, and a trail leads .25 mile to the
river. This is the Sandy Ford access from the South Carolina side.
Continuing straight on Whetstone Road 1 mile past the horse camp,
one reaches a parking area and trail to Earl's Ford
GEORGIA ACCESS TO EARL'S FORD AND SANDY
FORD: Georgia has access to both Earl's Ford and Sandy
Ford, but the roads in are long, sometimes muddy, and are not
used by the commercial outfitters. The Georgia Earl's Ford Road
access can be reached by ordinary car, except that in high water,
Warwoman Creek cannot be forded. (It is possible to drive, with
care, to Sandy Ford.) In both cases, roads go to the river's edge,
unlike those in South Carolina. However, the protective corridor
extends .25 mile from the river. All vehicle traffic is required
to stay well away from the riverbanks.
FALL CREEK ACCESS: This access is
best approached off US 76. Two miles east of the US 76 bridge
turn left (north) onto the Chattooga Ridge Road (FS 196), the
first paved road to the left. Go 2 miles, take the gravel road
(FS 722) left (west). At the second fork (2 miles), the right
hand fork (FS 723) goes to an access point with a very steep trail
to the river (.25 mile). The left fork (FS 769) leads to a less
steep but longer trail. There are two lovely waterfalls on Falls
THRIFT'S FERRY: The next access is
at Thrift's Ferry reached by a gravel road that turns north about
1 mile east of the US 76 bridge.
BULL SLUICE TRAILS: There are two
trails upriver to Bull Sluice, at high water levels a very dangerous,
roaring, Class V rapid. Some visitors choose to walk up the better
trail on the east (South Carolina) bank from the US 76 bridge
parking area to watch the rafters come through the sluice. Photographers
often prefer to walk up the west bank (Georgia) trail which is
less well maintained but offers better views of the falls from
below. (This is not the Chattooga Ridge Trail, but a spur from
the Ga Hwy 76 Bridge parking lot , which is a fee area.)
HIGHWAY 76 BRIDGE: Located 9 miles
east of Clayton on US 76. This is the take-out for Section III
and put-in for Section IV.
SUTTON'S HOLE ROAD: About .75 mile
west of the US 76 Bridge, a gravel road (FS 290) turns south.
Within .5 mile the short Sutton Hole Road (290A) goes down to
the river corridor, where the outfitters overnight their two-day-trip
customers at Sutton Hole. This is a jeep or pickup truck road,
not for ordinary cars.
WOODALL SHOALS: This is a beautiful
spot for picnicking and for swimming in the pool below the rapids.
Do not attempt to swim or body surf Woodall Shoals or Woodall
Hole. Rated a Class VI rapid, it is considered the most dangerous
on the river. Woodall Hole can be portaged or there is a sneak
route on river right (the west side of the river) that can be
run when the water level is high enough. Visitors should be content
to explore below the rapid. Woodall Shoals is reached by turning
right (south) onto Orchard Road, 2.5 miles east of the US 76 bridge,
and again right at the first gravel road, Woodall Road, to the
right. It is about 2 miles to the parking and camping areas. Use
caution driving this road. Commercial outfitter buses regularly
drive this road during the summer. Drive the speed limit. Note
that camping is only permitted in designated locations.
LONG CREEK FALLS: One mile downstream
of Woodall Shoals, on river left, is beautiful Long Creek Falls,
where most rafts stop for a swim and photographs. There is an
infrequently used and unmarked trail to the south side of the
creek that ends at Turkey Ridge Road. This trail is not recommended
for use due to people frequently getting lost. Though this trail
can be used for emergency evacuations, when necessary.
CAMP CREEK ROAD: This is one of the
most exciting access points to the Chattooga. It is a paved road
2.9 miles north of the Tallulah Falls Bridge, or 8.25 miles south
of US 76, on US 441. After 1.5 miles, Water Gauge Road (FS 511)
forks to the left off Camp Creek Road. Water Gauge is a good gravel
road that dead-ends at a turnaround area at the river corridor
after 4 miles. Drive with care; logging trucks and buses carrying
rafters also use the road. The trail is just above the rapid Last
Chance and, the largest rapids, the Five Falls, all occurring
in short succession right after the other. This can be a very
dangerous place. It is not recommended, and it is illegal, to
float on inner-tubes on this section of the river. The rocks in
this area can be slippery and the water is treacherous for an
individual floating. Several uneasily identified hazards exist
in this area and it is not recommended that individuals boat,
raft or hike in this area without a person knowledgeable in the
hazards of the Chattooga River.
OPOSSUM CREEK FALLS: The Opossum
Creek Falls is reached by a 1.5-mile trail. From Hwy. 76, 2.5
miles east of the bridge, turn right onto Orchard Rd. Drive through
on Orchard until intersecting with Battle Creek Road, turn Right
onto Battle Creek. After approximately 1 mile, take Turkey Ridge
Road (gravel) on the right (FS 723). Drive down Turkey Ridge until
you see parking and the trailhead on the left. Opossum Creek trail
is located less than 200' from the beginning of Lake Tugaloo.
TUGALOO LAKE ROAD: The last access
road on the South Carolina side is off Damascus Church Rd, about
4 miles south of US 76. From 76 bridge, 2.5 miles east of the
bridge, turn right onto Orchard Rd. Drive through on Orchard until
intersecting with Battle Creek Road, turn Right onto Battle Creek.
Follow Battle Creek until it intersects at an off-set T-Junction
with Damascus Church. Veer right onto Damascus Rd. and follow
it to the end of the paved section. Immediately on your right
will be the gravel Bull Sluice Lake Road (Lake Tugaloo Road),
turn right and follow this road (Length is 3.5 miles). Be cautious
this is the road used by buses to pick up rafters who have made
the Section IV trip. Especially use caution when you reach the
paved end of this road. It is steep, narrow and winding, and you
will frequently meet Outfitter Buses and Trucks pulling boats
on trailers. Park in the spaces looking at the lake; the other
side is frequently used by the Outfitter buses.