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    About the camping location

    The idea is really for people to hang where they want along the river. We will be setting up a 'base camp' of sorts at the East Fork Bridge for people to congregate and for the group activities (Like the Raffle).

    You can also think of this (base camp area) as the FAMILY area where there will be kids running and playing in the open area


    Quote Originally Posted by Str1der View Post
    Perhaps, perhaps.

    The OP mentioned Burrel's Ford as the location. Are you refering to the established campground or one of the many sites off the trail north of BF in the direction of Ellicott Rock? I know there is a large site where we have had group hangs before about 1.5 miles north of BF where the East Fork Trail intersects the CRT.
    Quote Originally Posted by grannypat View Post
    We camped up by the East Fork bridge this fall and there were two places where large trees were down over the trail. Do you know if they are still there?
    Quote Originally Posted by deerfu View Post
    I have stayed at the improved campground twice and wasn't as fond of it as I am the natural campsites upstream. People tend to trash the campground.
    Quote Originally Posted by dakotaross View Post
    Agreed, and I'm hoping that some of us can congregate about a .25m in (nobo).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotaross View Post
    Agreed, and I'm hoping that some of us can congregate about a .25m in (nobo).
    As I recall, there are at least 10 sites between the trailhead and the basecamp site at the 1.5 mile mark, but they are all spread out pretty nicely. Some of those will likely be taken, but I'm sure suitable sites can be found closer to the car if people would rather not hike in all the way to the East Fork. There are no sites within two miles if you head south from the trailhead, so don't go that way unless you want to hike to join the group!
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    hike?

    Quote Originally Posted by chickenwing View Post
    The idea is really for people to hang where they want along the river. We will be setting up a 'base camp' of sorts at the East Fork Bridge for people to congregate and for the group activities (Like the Raffle)...
    Excellent... plenty of space there, good hanging. I'll be up for a hike of some length on Sat if anyone's interested.

    Found this map which might be useful to some...

    http://www.sctrails.net/trails/MAPS/EastFork%20map.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotaross View Post
    Excellent... plenty of space there, good hanging. I'll be up for a hike of some length on Sat if anyone's interested.

    Found this map which might be useful to some...

    http://www.sctrails.net/trails/MAPS/EastFork%20map.html
    The shortest hike to reach the designated base camp starts just off BF road below the outhouse before you hit the bridge and heads north (1.5 miles). You can also start at the outhouse and take the official CRT/FHT which meanders a bit before joining the previous trail (2.7 miles).

    I have parked at the Fish Hatchery and taken the East Fork Trail down to the same location (2.4 miles). That trail is not quite as easy as the CRT, but it's far from a challenge.

    There is also a parking lot near the Fish Hatchery for the FHT which you could take 3.2 miles down to where is joins the CRT plus another 1.1 miles to the group hang (4.3 miles). I've not hiked that trail before.

    There is also the option of starting on one of the other Ellicott Rock approach trails from the north and hiking down to meet the group.
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    I don't know what the Sat itinerary is, but if there is time, I was thinking of doing a loop hike from base camp hiking to Sloan Bridge and then the Fork Mountain trail to Ellicott and back to camp. I believe this is about 15m.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotaross View Post
    I don't know what the Sat itinerary is, but if there is time, I was thinking of doing a loop hike from base camp hiking to Sloan Bridge and then the Fork Mountain trail to Ellicott and back to camp. I believe this is about 15m.
    That's a great hike, but a little ambitious for me. My main goal that Saturday is to enjoy a nice nap next to the river. If I get to feeling energetic, I'll hike to Kings Creek Falls.
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    O.K., time for a dumb question. I have maps and a computer, but for the life of me I can't see a good route from north Ga. to Burrels Ford. If anyone can give me some tips I will be most thankful. I will be traveling north on Ga 515 from Cherokee county. Thanks.

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    Hey Old 4 Hats!

    I'll send you a detailed PM on how to get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old4hats View Post
    O.K., time for a dumb question. I have maps and a computer, but for the life of me I can't see a good route from north Ga. to Burrels Ford. If anyone can give me some tips I will be most thankful. I will be traveling north on Ga 515 from Cherokee county. Thanks.
    Here is a LINK to some directions that may help.

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