15 June, 2009

Chattooga River Trail

Just did an awesome 8 mile out-n-back hike on the Chattooga River trail with some friends and Ophie! I even let Ophie off leash to play at the waterfall and she LOVED it.

We parked at the Russell Bridge trailhead just on the SC side of hwy 28 on the Chattooga River. Find directions here.

This trail goes along the side of the Chattooga River with an amazing canopy of White Pines well over 100' tall and probably 12' circumference. There are signs of dead hemlocks from HWA as well.
large white pine forest shot

hiking buddies
hiking partners

Ophie- waterdog!
Ophie and waterfall

waterfall at 1/2 way (Lick Log Creek Falls?)
Falls in the sun
Falls and rhodo blooms

me and Kat
Me and Kat

nice resting spot
restful spot

almost blooming rhododendron
almost blooming

another native azalea
native azalea

Indian pipes (non-photosynthetic plant)
Indian pipes

Wintergreen in bloom

Red spotted newt
red spotted newt

Ophie and Frida
dog friends