Park Profile: Chau Ram County Park
A hidden gem in Oconee County is 200-acre Chau Ram County Park.
The focal point of the park is the 40-foot tall Chau Ram Falls. No hiking is required to see this beauty. Just roll up and park right next to the glorious waterfall.
A massive boulder directly across the falls offers a great viewing area.
In summer, swimmers congregate in the pool beneath the waterfall. A nearby restroom offers a place to change clothes.
A long, wobbly suspension bridge crosses the river. The river is especially lovely when the sun glitters on the water as it flows through the rocky shoals. Visitors will find no shortage of photo-worthy views.
Four sets of rapids exist within the park for kayaks, canoes and inner tubes.
Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park – some in unusual places along the river. The park also has two gazebos and a playground.
There are 27 campsites with power, water and a shower house.
Four miles of trails meander through the park. Signage at the park includes a trail map, but the map is poor quality and difficult to read. (The best part of looking at the map for us was a photo op of the adjacent payphone. No, it doesn’t work. We tried.)
The Chau Ram loop trail is one mile and crosses the suspension bridge, per alltrails.com. Check online for maps and hikers’ commentaries to plan your hiking excursion before you arrive.
Learn more at http://www.oconeecountry.com/chaurampark.html