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Whetstone Horse Camp

Near: Mountain RestSC (Weather)
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35 Difficulty: Challenging Trail
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Trail Description 28 miles of horse trails, generally several degrees cooler than the lower part of SC. Shady trails without too much volunteer trail damage and minimal re-routing on gravel. Fat and old horses may want to skip these trails as the climbs can be long and occasionally a bit steep. River crossing of the Chattooga river are beautiful. Novice riders may find the ride intimidating. Ride a counter clockwise loop and parallel the river to watch canoes, rafts, and kayaks drifting along. BEWARE, rains on this steep terrain can make rivers rise several feet in a few hours!
Best Time to Visit Other than holidays, very quiet.
Times to Avoid 4th of July, other holidays. No camp host, gets rowdy with drunks on holidays.
Campground Whetstone Horse Camp is a great getaway for horseback riders who like to ride and camp. It serves as a base camp for riders on both the Rocky Gap (South Carolina) and the Willis Knob (Georgia) horse trails. 18 sites, 9 are by reservation only, 9 are come-first only. Reserve sites up to six months in advance at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777. Fees are $12 per day per site for single sites, and $24 per day for double sites. A reservation fee of $10 will be added per site. Horse trail and day-use parking have no fee.
Human Facilities: Horse Facilities: Operated by: Contact: Additional Information
Primitive Tie-up USDA Forest Service
(864) 638-9568
Andrew Pickens Ranger District
112 Andrew Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
Kinsey's Start 'em Right
Directions Take US 76 NorthWest from Westminster, 16 miles Turn Right on SR S-37-196 (Chattooga Ridge Rd) 6 miles Turn Left at the 4-way Stop onto Earls Ford Road, 2.25 miles then watch for Whetstone Horse Camp sign on the left.
This information was provided by mike Kinsey on 7/29/2015 3:15:06 PM

Notes on Difficulty Rating:  
 Easy
(Gently sloping or level terrain; trails are groomed or wide open; shallow or no creek crossings. ) 
 More Difficult (Moderate hills over consistent surface; possibly some narrow trails and short steeper slopes) 
 Rigorous (Easy to More Difficult for rider but physically challenging for horse such as on a level surface through deep sand) 
 Challenging (Possible rocky, uneven surface, steep slopes, uncleared trails, faster flowing streams and other obstacles that lead to more difficult riding for rider and horse)

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