I made it to Virginia Hawkins Falls and there’s a detour posted because the bridge is impassable. NOTICE: New SC DNR regulations that govern activities at and near the summit of Sassafras Mountain and the new observation tower are now in effect. See more ideas about hiking, camping, camping backpack. It’s one of the reasons I love hiking so much. I had a fairly uneventful morning. Crossed Horsepasture River and many smaller streams. Everything I read was like “haha, don’t even worry about it” and that annoyed me. The first you’ll encounter is about 8 miles from Sassafras Mountain, called the Virginia Hawkins Falls. Length. Hike your own hike. The next hiker may be thirsty too. Trail Map New! The guidebook can be purchased at the Conservancy’s website, the Oconee County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 105 S Broad Street in Walhalla, or the hiking outfitters in the area. The Foothills Trail Conservancy publishes a map and guidebook that divides the trail up into 14 shorter segments, and shows access points (trailheads). I turn the corner and there it is. South Fork Campground. If you want to train for an upcoming AT attempt, keep the principle of specificity in mind and try a training hike on the Foothills Trail. Day two. Celebrating 46 Years of the Foothills Trail Over 2,481 volunteer hours in 2020 Planning a hike? For sure. Join 55,778 Charlotteans who wake up to the Agenda newsletter each morning at 6 a.m. (coffee not included). They were so nice and encouraging and that silly little conversation brought me back. It’s a really nice campsite, but it was also like 3pm on my first day. Reminded me a lot of the Middle Saluda at Jones Gap State Park. This campground that’s “a mile outside the corridor”…bullshit. breathtaking. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Overview of the Foothills Trail The Foothills National Recreation Trail extends 77 miles from Oconee State Park to Table Rock State Park along the South Carolina/ North Carolina border. I’d never heard of the Thompson River, I had no expectations for it—it was just another place to pace how far I’ve gone. I’d heard online that it wasn’t a bad rock jump, so I decided to not take the detour. How easy is it to find campsites? I hike to the next campsite and stop just for a snack. I think the camping was my biggest concern before leaving. Become a member! The Foothills Trail is a 76-mile National Recreation Trail in South and North Carolina, for hiking and backpacking. I had plenty of food and at that moment I decided I was on a 6 day trip. Followed The foothills is switchbacks up and up and up till you don’t think you can possibly climb anymore, but then you are rewarded with possibly the best view on the whole trail. ON HIS PHONE. You are going to have to check the Foothills Tr Guidebook to make sure I have this correct as I don't have current access to the Foothills Tr Guidebook/Trail Description or Foothills Tr map, but yes there is a good flat campsite near, I believe, what is called Hickorynut Gap about 8 miles in from the Table Rock SP Foothills TH going from east to west. I am a strong tomato. 18 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Staff: Charlie Wakenshaw. Oconee offers tent camping and cabin rental for those who prefer to stay the night and get an early start on their Foothills Trail adventure. “THRU HIKER MAGIC. Three miles later, you’ll hit a much bigger waterfall — the Laurel Fork Falls. Lynch’s book has some itineraries for 5, 6, and 7 day thru-hikes and for all of them they end day 1 at the Cantrell homesite campground. I wanted an answer, but here I am about to join that chorus….don’t even worry about it. It passes through the Andrew Pickens Ranger District of the Sumter National Forest, Ellicott Rock Wilderness, Whitewater Falls, and Lake Jocassee. I’m absolutely livid over this blister. Tomato.”  It’s become my hiking mantra. This was the last time I had to pack up. This remote primitive campground has 10 sites and is open to tent camping all year. is. The trail turns west to meet the Chatooga after crossing SC 107. Finishing day: 67.6-76.2m. Table Rock, Pinnacle, Paris Mountain, Lake Jocassee and Bad Creek are all in view and it. But there are still plenty of waterfalls, gorges and steep trails to explore. And Taz. I could do without the blisters, but I quite enjoyed the rest of it. Finishing day: 67.6-76.2m. These two were packing up after a couple days just hanging out around this site and they had a ton of already filtered water they offered to me (yeeeessss!). Starting with the 1.2 mile Foothills Access Trail in Oconee State Park, only the first 28 miles of the Foothills Trail from the park to Upper Whitewater Falls was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1979. Everyone who tells you it’s easy after Whitewater to Oconee is a dirty liar. It extends from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park. To my husband who’s back at work full time? Stretch out the approach by walking 9.1 miles on the Foothills Trail from Table Rock State Park to the summit. The first one is a small span that crosses the Toxaway Creek. The sign did say any hikers who proceed do so at their own risk, which made me giggle. We chatted a bit about the area and I headed on my way. The Foothills Trail is not significantly farther north and generally stays 1,000 feet or more lower than the AT does through Georgia. Join the 55,778 smart Charlotteans that receive our daily newsletter. You'll pass 400-foot cliffs, the highest waterfall drop in the East, and the wild Chattooga River (where Deliverance was filmed).-Mapped by Shannon Davis. Last Thursday, Craig & I set off to hike the Foothills Trail. 76.2 miles between Table Rock State Park and Oconee State Park in South Carolina with a whole bunch of bouncing into North Carolina along the way. I decided to just go as far as I could. Summary. Loop. Out of nowhere I saw a little campsite and I jumped all over that. Put the phone away!! Description: Perhaps no other trail in South Carolina provides such an extraordinary backcountry experience as the difficult, Foothills Trail in the northwest corner of the state. I didn’t quite realize this was going to involve 600 vertical feet on a series of rocks, steps, and switchbacks, but it’s cool. Trail on Glen Eyre Number 3 Reservoir, Camp Creek, Douglas Creek, and Fountain Creek in Colorado Springs. I took them both with me and, yes, it’s probably unnecessary weight because this trail is extremely well marked, but I liked having them. There are 3 additional spur trails that will be offered. Avg: 6mi. It extends from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park. This is the campsite along the Eastatoe River. I don’t know their names, where they’re from, what they do…only that we have this shared experience of these beautiful surroundings. Had it all to myself. For more information, visit the Foothills Park Towle Campground page or call 650-329-2423. I slept right through it and all that was left in the morning was a beautiful fog. I considered stopping and checking my book and decided that was a complete waste of time. FOOTHILLS TRAIL MAP SOUTH CAROLINA 75 miles. It also has a soft shoulder path for equestrians. Turns out the three of them were just discussing hiking the trail and they had a ton of questions for me and I was happy to chat with them for a bit. And between these “named” campsites are plenty of unnamed little makeshift sites. I don’t know you either, but I will never look at Dr. Pepper the same. Get Here. I got up to Bald Knob in what was likely record time for me—I was so excited I basically ran up there. What did I just do?! (Spoiler: YES IT WILL). The 76-mile Foothills Trail runs through Upstate South Carolina, climbs the state’s tallest peak, rambles through temperate rain forest, crosses the border into North Carolina, and passes countless waterfalls, including some along the Chattooga River. Enjoy! South Fork Campground. Easier backpacking trips in the park include a hike to the quiet, trailside campsites along the Middle Saluda River in Jones Gap, and the access points to the Foothills Trail. This National Recreation Trail is South Carolina’s longest trail. But you better believe I’m in contact with home when I can be. It was lovely. Peace of mind was worth the few ounces of weight. Foothills Trail: Whitewater River is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sapphire, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. One particularly good one you can ready by way of the Eastatoe Gorge Spur Trail. It’s a mile, sure, but not if you’re on the Foothills Trail, which I did not realize. It passes through four states and consists of a combination of the Foothills, Bartram and Benton Mackaye trails, along with the Smokies section of Read More … The idea for the Foothills Trail, a National Recreation Trail located in far western South Carolina, began in the 1960s as an effort to preserve and protect the beauty of the Appalachian Foothills.A trail corridor linking Table Rock State Park in the north/east to Oconee State Park to the south/west, was completed in 1981. Overnight backpacking trip on the Foothills Trail from Bad Creek Access to Burrell's Ford Campground - January 13-14th 2016 - 33 miles (16.5mi/day) The Foothills Trail is a 76-mile (122 km) National Recreation Trail trail in South and North Carolina, United States, for recreational hiking and backpacking. Left at 0750 . Everyone is so friendly and so helpful. I began at the southern terminus, Oconee State Park in Mountains Rest, South Carolina. As soon as they reopen the parking area, that’s the first hike I’m doing. Distance: 13.9; Waypoints. Not gonna lie, I almost cried again. There’s a spur trail that’s more direct, but I didn’t know and it doesn’t matter because that’s cheating and I’m doing the foothills. Part 1 of our Backpacking Trip along the Foothills Trail in SC and NC. That will add 6 miles round-trip to your route. Here’s what 9 Charlotte leaders said. Camping Summary: Whether you’re looking for a day hike or planning a multi-day through-hike, the Foothills Trail offers adventures of every length and difficulty. Oct 9, 2016 - The source for information, inspiration, and materials needed for our upcoming Trek of a Lifetime this May! If a vehicle is left in the parking area, a parking fee is required at Oconee and Table Rock State Parks when hiking/backpacking on the Foothills Trail. Primitive camping opportunities are available at Jones Gap and Caesars Head state parks and along the 80-mile Foothills Trail, which intersects the interior of the Jocassee Gorges tract. Keowee-Toxaway A hike on the Raven Rock Trail to sites along the scenic shoreline of Lake Keowee at Keowee-Toxaway will be rewarding for anyone ready for a true, rugged backcountry camping and hiking experience. If you’re a monster, you could double back and finish this as a 22-mile day hike. We spent 3 nights along the trail. You’re basically driving to Spartanburg, then spending another hour on some South Carolina rural highways. Ate a cold breakfast and packed as usual. Isn’t this whole trek at my own risk? If you’re counting at home, that’s 11 miles one way. I love the trails for the nature and the exercise and just being outdoors, but I also really love the people I meet. The birds chirping, wind rustling the leaves, water rushing over rocks. Because I AM a strong tomato. Around the lower elevations of Table Rock state park, autumnal colours were still in full swing. I got irrationally angry at a sign that said “Oconee State Park, 2 miles” on it. Easy. Day three, I wake up early, pack up camp, wrap my feet in duct tape, and mentally prepare myself for heartbreak ridge. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. This trail profile appeared originally in The Trek.. I tackled the Foothills Trail during a three day two night fastpack in early January. Finding a place to sleep isn’t a big deal. The trail system in Foot Hills State Forest is used for hiking and OHV riding in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. You’re hiking! Hiking along the river, taking mental notes of places to camp next time. Thank you. Trash goes in the bag, help keep our trail beautiful.” I opened it and it was full of ice cold Dr. Pepper. We had a small window of time to complete the hike, and as daunting as hiking 77 miles in about 2.5 days is, we decided to give it a go anyway. However, you’re likely looking at an out-and-back instead of a loop hike. For some reason, the Foothills Trail people don’t tell you where the good camping spots are online. This is where it felt real. I set up my hammock, hung my food and got everything under a tarp in record time. Oh well. The sign to Table Rock State Park. Must have been a decent win A spur trail connects it to Caesars Head State Park. It’s such a beautiful view; I just can’t understand the people who rush past me while I’m sitting there eating my M&Ms. We had a small window of time to complete the hike, and as daunting as hiking 77 miles in about 2.5 days is, we decided to give it a go anyway. The Foothills Trail is a 76-mile (122 km) National Recreation Trail in South and North Carolina, United States, for recreational hiking and backpacking.It extends from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park.It passes through the Andrew Pickens Ranger District of the Sumter National Forest, Ellicott Rock Wilderness, Whitewater Falls, and Lake Jocassee. Lady Bug Trail Hike along the South Fork of the Kaweah in the upper foothills (moderately steep). 2 miles to the end? Elevation Change. Otherwise, there are several campsites around the Virginia Hawkins Falls. I told myself that tomorrow is my last day and every step I take today is one I don’t need to take tomorrow. Luckily, there are plenty of established campsites along this stretch of trail, with water access and fire rings. the trail goes alongside the river the whole way and is beautiful! I was a new person. To make a reservation for camping, use the city's online reservation system. The guidebook can be purchased at the Conservancy’s website, the Oconee County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 105 S Broad Street in Walhalla, or the hiking outfitters in the area. But how do you pass up taking in that view?!?!! It’s straight up luxurious primitive camping. The Foothills Trail Conservancy’s website is a great resource for finding up-to-date trail conditions, but pay careful attention to weather patterns before your hike. You guys, this tomato got to just before Burrells Ford and found a bag hanging on the sign with a cooler on the ground with a note on it. Foothills Trail Hike Info. Foothills Trail is a 72.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Pickens, South Carolina that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Luckily, there are plenty of established campsites along this stretch of trail, with water access and fire rings. This is part one of three. That will add 6 miles round-trip to your route. And between these “named” campsites are plenty of unnamed little makeshift sites. While it was snowing in the North Carolina mountains the weekend I went, it never got below freezing on the Foothills Trail. Either way, I sat there and caught my breath for a while. It was a different sign and I think part of me couldn’t believe it was only 2 miles to the end, so it must mean park boundary? Gorgeous. I’m even a member of the FTC and I promise I’ll show up to something one of these days. I love these encounters. NOAA The wind picked up considerably and these are really not my favorite conditions for being on top of a mountain. 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