Tim Homan's Hiking Trails of the Southern Nantahala Wilderness, the Ellicott Rock Wilderness, and the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River.
This book highlights the natural features of the region and provides essential information for dayhiker, backpacker, or naturalist. I cannot recommend this guidebook highly enough for those that want to explore and learn about this beautiful region.
SC Trails Website- an overview map of the CRT Sections 3 & 4.
Sherpa Guide- area information, brief trail descriptions, and trailhead directions.
Trails Illustrated Map #778 Brasstown Bald / Chattooga River (most of the CRT) and
#785 Nantahala and Cullasaja Gorges (north part).
These maps show access roads to trailheads and side trails for most of the CRT. Heavy, waterproof paper stands up to repeated folding and rain. Scale is zoomed out so while provides overview of topography, I typically leave it in the car and use a more detailed trail map or guidebook because these do not show campsites or water sources.
Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River USFS Map
While outdated, this map provides still gives the best detail of the trails.
|Chattooga River Trail planning|
Chattooga River Trail Thru -Nov. 2013
from the Bad Creek Trail to the US 76 bridge
Chattooga Cliffs Trail- June 2013, Nov. 2013
Parking: Whiteside Cove Road or Bull Pen Road
Highlights: the Narrows
Burrells Ford to Ellicott's Rock/Bad Creek Junction - April 2013, June 2013
CRT Section 4: 4.5 Miles
Parking: Burrells Ford or Walhalla Fish Hatchery
Highlights: Spoonauger Falls, side trail to the Fish Hatchery via the East Fork Trail
Highway 28 bridge to Burrells Ford - April 2010, April 2011
CRT Section 3: 12.8 miles
Highlights: King's Creek Falls, Lick Log Falls, wildflowers
US 76 bridge to the Highway 28 bridge- Sept. 2010, Feb 2013, Jan. 2014
CRT Sections 1 and 2: 20.1 miles
Highlights: Dick's Creek Falls
Trails that intersect the CRT:
Fork Mountain Trail- April 2013
Ellicott's Rock Trail- June 2013
|Trailing arbutus blooms as early as Feb. along the Chattooga River Trail|