Rocky Gap/Willis Knob Horse Trails


The Rocky Gap Trail in South Carolina and the Willis Knob Trail in Georgia combine to offer some of the most scenic horseback riding in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Winding across deeply dissected ridges, the trails descend into the beautiful Chattooga Wild and Scenic River corridor. The Rocky Gap has several loops, while the Willis Knob Trail is designed as one large continuous loop. Each trail crosses several gravel roads.

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At a Glance

Open Season: All year
Busiest Season: Summer and fall
Restrictions: Organized or advertised rides require a special use permit and route approval by the District Ranger.Within the Chattooga River Corridor in South Carolina, horseback riding is restricted to the Rocky Gap Trail. Earls Ford, Sandy Ford, and other fords downstream are closed to horse use. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trail.

General Information

Directions: From Walhalla, go north six miles on State Highway 28. Turn left onto Whetstone Road for about five miles. Go straight at the four-way stop, and drive about 1.5 miles. The pavement will end, and a gravel road will begin. The day-use parking area and trail head will be on the right.

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Rocky Gap - 19 miles/Willis Knob 15 miles

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