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    Chattoga River/Diallard, GA hang

    Hey gang,
    Looking to plan a trip to take my son, his friend and friend's dad to the Chattoga River near Dillard, GA. I've done this a long time ago and we RV camped the short bit we were there. Can someone give me some info on great spots to hammock hang, trails to hit, etc. Using NOC for the river part but wanted to get a forums take on trails, sites, etc. Probably a late spring or late summer trip timeline.

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    I think that there might be a few spots worthy of hanging a hammock... ;-)

    Check out Burrels Ford just below the fish hatchery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muskrat View Post
    I think that there might be a few spots worthy of hanging a hammock... ;-)

    Check out Burrels Ford just below the fish hatchery.
    Gets my vote too! One of my favorites

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    That's what I'm talking about, Jack! Nice! You sir are a friend indeed. That will work perfect. My boy is getting pumped for this one.
    Dad too.

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    The Foothills Trail follows the river for quite a while before wandering off towards Oconnee State Park. It's an awfully pretty hike, and is signed/blazed very well. Might be worth a day trip if you want.
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    There is a fantastic place for country cooking in or near Dillard, I think it might be called the "Dillard House"? Too many years, can't remember, but I do remember it was real good eating! You should look for it after your hike and camp!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    There is a fantastic place for country cooking in or near Dillard, I think it might be called the "Dillard House"? Too many years, can't remember, but I do remember it was real good eating! You should look for it after your hike and camp!
    I'm very familiar with it sir. Last time I went there a buddy and I traded Smith County watermelons for some of Mr. Dillard's peanut brittle and we ate that night at the Dillard House. Guess what the fruit on the table was...you guessed it. Fine meal and we still got some of that awesome watermelon. Had a great time talking with the old man (Mr. Dillard himself). That was over twenty years ago. God rest his soul.

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    How long do you want to hike? What do you want to see? There are a number of waterfalls that can be accessed from Burrells Ford.

    Less than half a mile north is a short spur to Spoonauger Falls which is quite nice.

    If you head south from the outhouse at BF, there is a spur trail about half a mile in that leads to Kings Creek Falls which is very beautiful indeed!

    About 3.5 miles south of BF, Big Bend Falls occurs right on the Chattooga River itself. There is a little spur trail that plunges thru the brush right down to the falls (I mean dip your hands in the white water if you dare)!

    Of course, there's also Ellicott Rock about 3.6 miles north of BF, but that is definitely the least impressive visually. I guess it would be cool to talk about the history though and see where three states all come together.

    There are dozens of great campsites along the trail north of BF, but the pickings get somewhat thinner if you head south. There are still a few though, and they are almost all nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Str1der View Post
    How long do you want to hike? What do you want to see? There are a number of waterfalls that can be accessed from Burrells Ford.

    Less than half a mile north is a short spur to Spoonauger Falls which is quite nice.

    If you head south from the outhouse at BF, there is a spur trail about half a mile in that leads to Kings Creek Falls which is very beautiful indeed!

    About 3.5 miles south of BF, Big Bend Falls occurs right on the Chattooga River itself. There is a little spur trail that plunges thru the brush right down to the falls (I mean dip your hands in the white water if you dare)!

    Of course, there's also Ellicott Rock about 3.6 miles north of BF, but that is definitely the least impressive visually. I guess it would be cool to talk about the history though and see where three states all come together.

    There are dozens of great campsites along the trail north of BF, but the pickings get somewhat thinner if you head south. There are still a few though, and they are almost all nice.
    Excellent info Str1der. The falls will definately be a must sees. Working on the number of days with the other dad now. Definately a half day on the river for the whitewater (will likely hang the night before). After that maybe two more nights of hanging at different places in the area. Burrells Ford looks to be a great spot to spend a couple days hiking, playing and hanging.

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