Whetstone Horse Camp

Mountain Rest, South Carolina

Overview

Whetstone Horse Camp is located in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District in Oconee County in the western corner of South Carolina, about 13 miles northwest of Walhalla. The Chattooga River flows nearby. With over 30 miles of horseback riding trails, Whetstone serves as a base for those who like to ride and camp.

Recreation

The Rocky Gap Trail on the South Carolina side of the river and the Willis Knob Horse Trail on the Georgia side provide excellent horseback riding and hiking opportunities. Visitors also enjoy exploring the nearby Chattooga River.

Facilities

The campground is open year-round and has 18 sites with parking spurs for horse trailers. All of the 18 Sites are by reservation only.

Each site is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern post. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Hitching racks are located throughout the facility.

Natural Features

The camp is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, near the Rocky Gap and Willis Knob Horse Trails.

The Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests encompass more than 629,000 acres in four districts throughout South Carolina, from the lowcountry Atlantic Coast to the western foothills along the Georgia border.

Nearby Attractions

The town of Walhalla is 13 miles away. The town holds an annual Oktoberfest celebration the third weekend of October.

Stumphouse Tunnel, a 19-century uncompleted railroad tunnel, and Isaqueena Falls make for interesting visits. Both are located just 20 minutes from the camp.

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Adventures Nearby

  • Hike to Yellow Branch Falls

    Once you have turned into the picnic area off of Highway SC 28, you will see the open and easy parking area. The trail begins at 2 points on the southern end of the parking area. These 2 points form a small loop about 0.2 miles long, with a spur i...

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  • Hike to Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel

    From Walhalla South Carolina, follow SC 28 westward 7 miles until you see Stumphouse Tunnel Park on the right-hand side of the road. Take this road halfway down, and park in the parking area on the right.  From here, you can travel a short walk to...

    1.5 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike to Holcomb and Ammons Creek Falls

    This moderate hike takes you to two scenic waterfalls in the Georgia wilderness. Water cascades down for over 100 feet to spill into the pool below An observation deck provides the ideal place to take in the splendor of the waterfall system.

    1.75 miles 100 ft gain