Forest Service joins with multiple partners to host fun-filled celebration of Wilderness Act and Chattooga Wild and Scenic River in Oconee County, SC

When a special occasion comes along, most of us want our friends to celebrate with us. The celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 is no different. The Forest Service and multiple friends and partners have joined forces to host a day of outdoor activities on the Sumter National Forest, at Oconee State Park, SC and at Chattooga Belle Farm. It is also National Public Lands Day.

The celebration, which has been months in the making, starts at Oconee State Park at 9 a.m. with demonstrations related to two favorite pastimes on the Chattooga – fly fishing and boating. Other activities include a scavenger hunt and face-painting for children, as well as cross cut saw demonstrations.

The river provides a magnificent backdrop for those who prefer to keep both feet firmly on the ground. The Foothills Trails Conference, The Wilderness Society and the Oconee County Hiking Club will lead family-friendly, easy hikes on Saturday to Station Cove or Spoonauger Falls, as well as moderately difficult hikes through the Ellicott Rock Wilderness.

“Our wild places are a wonderful and important resource worth celebrating,” said David Cohen, wilderness ranger with The Wilderness Society. “I’ll be leading a hike in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness and I look forward to sharing some information and history about the area with folks who want to come along.”

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