The Trail to Ellicott Rock

But first…
In my posting about Day Nine of my recent vacation, I mentioned Mr. Philip Howard of Ocracoke, who owns the Village Craftsmen shop. Well, he has a great blog which chronicles ongoing items of interest concerning Ocracoke life. Located there are links to his business — which I can personally recommend — where you can view an inventory and shop online. He also took the time to write some very nice things about my blog. Check out his site for a real insider’s view of Ocracoke: Village Craftsmen


The National Wild and Scenic Chattooga River runs the border between South Carolina and Georgia for about half of Oconee County. After that the name suddenly changes to Tugaloo. Here are some scenes from November 15.


The photo below was taken while standing at the point where South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina meet, a place officially known as Commissioners’ Rock. Directly upstream from where I’m standing, but out of view on the eastern shore (right of photo), is Ellicott Rock, the spot where Andrew Ellicott, in 1811, determined the boundary to be. The large rock in the photo, though often confused with both Ellicott Rock and the tri-point (and does in fact have a USGS benchmark), is apparently just a rock.




Published in: on November 19, 2007 at 1:29 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. You got some really nice shots that day. It looks like it was a great place for a hike. Were you on an actual trail?

    Response from Steve:
    Hi, Kimberlee. The route we took began on the East Fork Trail, which starts from the Walhalla Fish Hatchery and runs along the East Fork of the Chattooga River. When we reached the Chattooga River (proper) we headed upstream on another trail to the corner of the state. Temperature was as low as 32F (balmy by your standards) with fairly strong winds, but we were usually protected from the worst wind by the trees and terrain. I’m glad you liked the photos.

  2. Yeah, hiking in the 30’s sounds a lot more pleasant than hiking in the 90’s! I’m definitely spoiled. 🙂

  3. It’s been a few days, but I finally made time to let your gorgeous pictures load. You, as usual, did a great job capturing the breathtaking beauty of the area. Much as I am irresistibly drawn to the water/rocks shots, the 4th one speaks to my soul.

    Hope you’re having a wonderfuly blessed, JESUS-filled Thanksgiving!

  4. hi
    per scotus
    the exact tripoint is actually in the river midway between ellicott rock & the opposite bank when the water is at normal stage
    & is not directly marked

    Response from Steve:
    Hi, aletheia. Thanks for the information. That does make more sense that the tri-point would be in the center of the river.

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