Hikes With a Historian: Ellicott's Rock

  • March 18, 2023 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Bad Creek Trail

    Cashiers, North Carolina 28717
Ticket Price $0.00-$30.00 This event is now over

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Saturday, March 18 at 9AM as we hike to Ellicott’s and Governor’s rocks along the Chattooga River.

Along the Chattooga River, the states of NC, SC, and GA intersect. From conflicts between Cherokees and white settlers, to the Walton War between Georgia and North Carolina over their boundaries, this area has seen its share of strife and political challenges. Surveyor Andrew Ellicott initially settled the conflict and placed a marker along the bank of the river in 1811. But eventually his work was challenged by the more precise “Governor’s Rock” a few years afterward. As late as the 1970s though, NC and GA once again disputed the precise location. Join us as we hike through three states and explore the history of this contested boundary.

*This is a backcountry hike in a remote area. Though the trail is relatively free of hazards (no stairs, cliffs, etc), we will be outside of cell range and further from medical care than usual. Please do not attempt if you are unsure of your ability.*

*With a small trailhead parking area, we are limited to 5 vehicles. We will need a few volunteers to shuttle others in their vehicles. Please let us know if you are willing to do this when you sign the waiver form*

 *Participants may wish to carpool to the initial meeting location at Ingles in Cashiers, NC. You will be asked about your preference upon registration, and those interested will be put in contact with one another*


Meet:  We will depart at 9AM from the Ingles in Cashiers (US Hwy 64E, Cashiers, NC, 28717). We will carpool 10 miles to the trailhead (Bull Pen Rd, Cashiers, NC 28717). More information regarding parking and the trailhead will be sent to registrants the day prior to the outing.

Return to Ingles: Approximately 3PM

Hike Length: 6.5 miles total, out and back.

Elevation Gain: 1,220 Feet

Hike Difficulty: Moderately strenuous (using National Park Service metric)

What to Bring:

  • Backpack
  • Plenty of water (2+ liters)
  • Bagged lunch and snacks
  • Hiking boots or comfortable trail shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (preferably no cotton)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking poles (recommended)
  • Hat (recommended)
  • Any needed medications.

Rain Date: In the event of inclement weather, participants will be notified in advance, no later than 8PM the evening prior if the event is to be rescheduled. 


Tickets: $20 for members/$30 non-members. We also have two no-cost, community-funded tickets available. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.

*Waiver and Emergency Contact: Registrants must fill out the emergency contact form in advance: https://forms.gle/fSR8nhkhWTHXht2t6


Hike Leader:

This hike is led by Trevor Freeman, WNCHA public programs director. He has an MA in American history and is interested in both Appalachian and environmental history. He is also wilderness first aid/CPR certified.



For questions, please contact Trevor Freeman at eduation@wnchistory.org

(Image: Boundary marker along the Chatooga River designating North Carolina and Georgia, WNCHA photo)


Date & Time

Sat, Mar 18, 2023 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Venue Details

Bad Creek Trail

Cashiers, North Carolina 28717 Bad Creek Trail
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