Chauga Narrows – Mountain Rest, South Carolina


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Mountain Rest is the home of beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and rivers. The relaxed and gentle Chauga River is well known by locals for its great fishing holes. Chauga Falls is tucked away just a short distance from town near Blackwell’s Bridge. If you stay on the road, you might never know the falls are there. But you’ll hear them if you leave Whetstone Road and walk just over a half-mile along the river.

Chauga Narrows

F. Everett Leigh of Union, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

When you reach “the narrows,” the water becomes faster and more turbulent. The path turns rocky and the river drops 25 feet over a 200-foot run. Below the falls, Class VI whitewater rapids churn for a short distance before they smooth out again in a large pool.

Reflections on the Chauga Narrows


Contributor Everett Leigh shares the following experience: “Oconee County has over 300 waterfalls, and a friend invited me up to explore the area the weekend of the February 2014 snow and ice storm. Only about 10-15 minutes from downtown Walhalla, a pretty easy path along the Chauga River revealed a beautiful sunburst of light on the water.”

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