Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area is rich in history. A major Cherokee trading trail passes through the wilderness. The area has had relatively little disturbance by humans. Farming by native Americans as well as settlers was limited. Timber harvesting occurred on most of what is now the Ellicott Wilderness.
The wilderness takes its name from Andrew Ellicott, who surveyed the 35th parallel that forms the boundary between Georgia and North Carolina in 1811.
Congress established the 3,300-acre Ellicott Rock Wilderness in 1975 and made additions in 1984. This wilderness now contains 8,274 acres in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. The wilderness is about 16 miles north of Walhalla, SC, 7 miles southeast of Highlands, NC, and 19 miles northeast of Clayton, GA. Straddling the 15,432-acre Chattooga Wild and Scenic River corridor, it provides a large, undeveloped area within easy driving distance of millions of Americans.
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