March 11, 2008
|Today's hike was on the Chattooga River Trail from trail facility near the highway 76 bridge on the border of GA/SC out 4.7 miles and back and a short .4 mile round trip out to Bull Sluice on the river. Hiking distance 9.8 miles round trip.
HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Russell Burken, Chuck Crisp, Pam Euliss, Steve Humphries, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Bruce O'Connor, Jeanne O'Connor, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Leigh Ann Miller, Wanda Miller, Wayne Miller, Pom Sinnock, Bob Thompson, David Whitaker and Geri Whitaker.
TRAIL INFO. - This portion of the Chattooga River Trail is in excellent shape with only one large newly fallen tree across the trail.
Directions: From Clayton, GA, take Hwy. 76 east to the SC state line (Chattooga River) and park at the trailside facility. The famous Bull Sluice rapids (class 5) can be viewed from this park (.2 miles).
Another great day for a hike! Mostly cloudy with temperatures ranging from the low 50's to low 60's.
Hiking distance - 9.8 miles
Difficulty - Some hills but nothing extreme.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Trailing Arbutus, Rue Anemone, Purple Violet and Green and Gold
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Phoebe, Carolina Chickadee, Pileated Woodpecker, Crow, Pine Warbler, Black Capped Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Peewee, Red Eyed Vireo, Oven Bird.
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The steps leading down to the Highway 76 bridge.
Crossing over to Georgia!
Looking up the river from the bridge.
Large stone trail marker. .
Crossing the first of several nice foot-bridges.
The start of wildflower season! Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens)
Another great day for a hike!
The Chattooga River as we approach our lunch spot for today.
Lunchtime on the Chattooga!
Our lunchtime view!
This is Bull Sluice , a very dangerous and deadly class 5 rapid.
The OFHC for today's hike! (front l-r) Donna Presley, Pam Euliss, Russell Burken, June Bellamy, John Bellamy, Wanda Miller, Bruce O'Connor, Leigh Ann Miller, Geri Whitaker, David Whitaker. (standing l-r) Vic Robson, Wayne Miller, Pom Sinnock, Dan Ross, Jeanne O'Connor, Chuck Crisp, Dick Metzgar, Bob Thompson, Steve Humphries, Jack Jacobi, Doug Russell, Tony Presley.