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Chattooga River Narrows

Chattooga River Headwaters

Chattooga Narrows Trail (Chattooga Cliffs Trail)
Length and difficulty: 3.0 miles, moderate

From Cashiers take Highway 107 South for 1.7 miles to Whiteside Cove Road. Turn right and proceed 6.8 miles to Macon/Jackson county line, look for Highlands fire district sign, park on left.

From Highlands go east on Main Street, becomes Horse Cove Road, for 4.5 miles to intersection with Bull Pen and Whiteside Cove Roads. take a left onto Whiteside Cove Road and proceed 0.9 miles to trailhead.

Follow old logging road for 1 mile to junction with Chattooga River Trail. Continue on the road 0.1 miles to the Chattooga River Narrows. At the Narrows the Chattooga River is just a few feet wide. After viewing the river backtrack 0.1 miles to Chattooga River Trail junction and turn left. In 0.3 miles, just before Cane Creek look for trail to right. Turn right and follow path upstream, in 0.2 miles cross Cain Creek on log or take path to right and ford stream. Follow Holly Branch for 0.1 miles to logging road (FR 2025) and turn right. Follow road for 0.83 miles to rejoin Whiteside Cove Road. turn right and walk 0.34 miles to starting point. The trail can be taken in the opposite direction by starting from the gated Forest Service Road (#2052). USGS Quad-Highlands

Chattooga Loop Trail
Length and difficulty: 2 miles, moderate

The Chattooga Loop Trail is almost a 2-mile loop trail that begins to the left of the Iron Bridge. From Highlands proceed East on Main Street, becomes Horse Cove Road, for 4.5 miles to intersection with Bull Pen and Whiteside Cove Roads. Turn right onto Bull Pen Road (#1178) and proceed for 3.1 miles to Iron Bridge. The trailhead is on left just before bridge. From Cashiers proceed on Hwy 107 south for 7.0 miles and turn right onto Bull Pen Road (#1178 #1180). Proceed for 5.4 miles to the Iron Bridge. The trailhead is on the right on far side of bridge. Alternate: from Cashiers take Hwy 107 south for 1.7 miles and turn right onto Whiteside Cove Road. Proceed for 7.7 miles to intersection of Horse Cove and Bull Pen Roads. Take a left onto Bull Pen Road and proceed 3.1 miles to Iron Bridge. USGS Quad-Highlands

Chattooga River Trail (NC)
Length and difficulty: 6.25 miles, difficult

Whiteside Cove Trailhead: The trailhead used to start from the Whiteside Cove Church, a new trailhead and parking area has been built on Whiteside Cove Road 0.45 miles east of the church. From Cashiers take Hwy 107 south for 1.7 miles to Whiteside Cove Road. Turn right and proceed 4.25 miles to the parking area located on the left. From Highlands go east on Main Street, becomes Horse Cove Road, for 4.5 miles to intersection with Bull Pen and Whiteside Cove Roads. Take a left onto Whiteside Cove Road and proceed 3.45 miles to the parking area, located on the right.

Bull Pen Bridge Trailhead: From Highlands go east on Main Street, becomes Horse Cove Road, for 4.5 miles to intersection with Bull Pen and Whiteside Cove Roads. Turn right onto Bull Pen Road (#1178) and proceed for 3.1 miles to Iron Bridge. Trailhead is on left just before bridge. From Cashiers take Hwy 107 south for 1.8 miles and turn right onto Whiteside Cove Road. Proceed for 7.7 miles to intersection of Horse Cove and Bull Pen Roads. Turn left onto Bull Pen Road and proceed 3.1 miles to Iron Bridge. Alternate: From Cashiers take Hwy 107 south for 7.0 miles to Bull Pen Road (#1178 #1180). Turn right and proceed for 5.4 miles to Iron Bridge. Trailhead is on right just after bridge.

This is a beautiful, scenic 6.25-mile trail following the Chattooga River upstream from the Iron Bridge at Bullpen Road to Whiteside Cove Road. The trail can be steep at points but is not particularly difficult. Much of this trail passes through a rhododendron canopy with numerous views of the river.

Iron Bridge The trail begins at the Iron Bridge.

At 1 mile is an intersection of the Chattooga Loop Trail and Chattooga River Trail. Continue straight for Chattooga River Trail. (The left trail is the Chattooga Loop Trail that circles back to the Iron Bridge).

At 1 1/8 miles is a rock shelf overhang with the remains of a broken bridge. This is a slippery descent on the trail. Continuing on there is a cleared area with a view of the river to the right.

At 1 1/4 miles into the trail a waterfall crosses the trail with a small pool in the middle of the trail. Rough crossing leads uphill to a split tree crossing with a good view after.

At 2 7/8 miles there is a log bridge to cross Cane Creek.

At 3 1/8 miles you can see a little waterfall.

At 3 1/4 miles you come to the narrows on right. Here, two opposign granite ledges jutting out the banks channel the water.

At 3 5/8 miles there is a large waterfall river crossing at the junction of Norton Mill Creek and the Chattooga River. Cross bridge.

At 3 3/4 miles is another good river view and the trail turns sandy. At another 1/8 mile go up left and follow the riverbank.

At 4 1/4 miles debris and huge rooted tree ball in the water crosses the trail. Climb the root ball and follow it down the trail continuing up the bank.

At 4 3/8 miles a huge granite rock overlooks a falls to the right. The trail goes uphill to the left.

At 4 3/4 miles there is a little waterfall and rock over the top of the trail.

At 5 1/4 miles go left up the hill where you will intersect a logging road. Go right (left is overgrown) following the road.

At 6 miles the trail intersects with another trail. Go right, (trail to left is old trail to church). In approximately 0.2 miles the trail comes to a fork, take the left fork to parking area.

At 6 1/4 miles the trail reaches Whiteside Cove Road parking area.

USGS Quad-Cashiers/Highlands

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