Ellicott Rock Wilderness


Camping Ellicott Rock

Ellicott Rock Wilderness was established by Congress in 1975. Encompassing 8.296 acres, this wilderness spreads across the corners of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. It also straddles the 15,432-acre Chattooga River Wild and Scenic Corridor. The steep terrain of the Ellicott Rock Wilderness offers numerous mountains and waterfalls to explore.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: No wilderness permit required.
Open Season: All year. Access varies with weather conditions
Restrictions: Group size is limited to 12 people. Do not make new fire rings. Remove any evidence of camping before you leave. Pack it in, pack it out. Campsites must be 50 feet from the Chattooga River or any stream or tributory and 50 feet from the trail.

General Information


Various access points exist. Several popular points are: Burrell’s Ford Road off Highway 107; the Chattooga Picnic Area (east fork of the Chattooga); and the Foothills Trail off Highway 107. Maps are sold at the ranger station.

General Notes:

The wilderness is located near the area that has the highest recorded rainfall in the east. Be prepared for wet weather. In addition, temperatures in the wilderness are typically ten or more degrees cooler all year than in nearby Walhalla.             



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