Chattooga Picnic Area and Fishing Pier

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the stone and timber picnic shelter at this site provides a cool spot to hide from the summer heat. A curving boardwalk winds through the cool streamside forest, allowing one to stop and rest or fish at the fishing pier. In this forest, you will see some of the state’s largest and oldest white pine and hemlock trees.

Surrounding area: Visitors who want to stay longer may like to see the adjacent Walhalla State Fish Hatchery. Witness the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources fisheries management practices as fish swim the runs. More than 200,000 pounds of brown and rainbow trout are produced each year to stock the Chattooga River, Lake Jocassee and many streams in Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties.

If you’re looking for a more serene environment, visit Ellicot Rock Wilderness next to the picnic area. Consult the Andrew Pickens Ranger District for information on the wilderness area and to purchase a trail guide. (more)

Printable guide and vicinity map.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 6 am to 10 pm (year round)
Area Amenities: Accessible
Permit Info: A valid South Carolina fishing license is required to fish on the national forests. The U.S. Forest Service does not issue any licenses or permits for hunting or fishing. Please visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Web site for license and regulations information.
Open Season: All year
Restrictions: Always practice safe water habits.
Restroom: Accessible toilet facilities
Information Center: Andrew Pickens Ranger District
112 Andrew Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
Phone: (864) 638-9568
Fax: (864) 638-2659
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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General Information

Directions: North of Oconee State Park on Highway 107. Follow signs to the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery.

Recreation Map

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Group Picnicking

Picnic tables, picnic shelter, grills.


Accessible Wheelchair accessible boardwalk, picnic area, tables and grills; accessible toilet facilities