South Carolina Map

Rocky Gap/Willis Knob Horse Trails

Contact Info
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest
112 Andrew Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, SC 29664

Phone:
864-638-9568
Basics
Length:
15 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate,
Difficult
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Season:
Year Round

Description

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 Chattoooga 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.

The Whetstone Horse Camp in South Carolina serves as a base camp for many users of both trails. There is a fee for the Whetstone Horse Camp.

Details

Length:
15 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Difficult
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Season:
Year Round
Additional Details:

Earls Ford road is very close to Whetstone Horse Camp and provides a parking area, and a hiking access trail to the Chattooga River.


Restrictions:
  • Organized or advertised rides require a special use permit and route approval by the District Ranger.
  • Within the Chattooga River Coordior 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.
  • Safety: High water levels may cause difficult crossings. Select crossings carefully. Check weather for heavy rain to prevent being trapped on the opposite side of the river from your vehicle.

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