Ellicott Rock Wilderness

Ellicott Rock Wilderness does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


Ellicott Rock Wilderness sits at the southern tip of the hazy Blue Ridge Mountains. Congress designated Ellicott Rock Wilderness in 1975, later expanding it in 1984. The wilderness spans three states in Sumter, Nantahala, and Chattahoochee National Forests of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia respectively. The wilderness provides visitors with bountiful opportunities to experience solitude and see an impressive array of plan and animal communities while hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, swimming, or kayaking.

History and background of the Ellicott Rock Wilderness

The 7 principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics apply to this area.

Terrestrial Trails in Ellicott Rock Wilderness.


For questions about or recommendations for planning your next visit to the Ellicott Rock Wilderness, you will need to contact one of the managing offices listed below by phone or email.

Andrew Pickens Ranger District (Lead)

112 Andrew Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, SC, 29664
Phone: 864-638-9568
Office hours: 8 AM - 4:30 PM

Chattooga River Ranger District

9975 US-441
Lakemont, GA, 30552
Phone: 706-754-6221

Nantahala Ranger District

90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC, 28734
Phone: 828-524-6441