Weekend Backpacking: Foothills Trail: Lake Jocassee

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Please join me for a 2 night backpacking trip along the Foothills Trail to Lake Jocassee. We will leave Friday, August 16th in the afternoon and return Sunday, August 18th. We will leave from the Laurel Valley parking area right off Hwy 178 and hike 8 miles of the Foothills Trail to the shores of Lake Jocassee. The hike in will provide some awesome terrain and views of Virginia Hawkins Falls and Laurel Fork Falls.

We will be camping at the top of Laurel Fork Falls at the designated camp sites. The sites are flat and have fire rings. There is plenty of room for tents and plenty of trees for hammocks. Saturday will be be able to go swimming in the lake as well as day hike or just relax. I suggest bringing a blow up float for the lake!

On Saturday night, I am arranging a sunset lake tour through my friend at Lake Joccasee Tours. He would pick us up from the camp site and give us an evening tour of parts of the lake. He would then return us to our site. I am working the details of this but we could have beverages and snacks on the tour. Ill post the price soon, prob be about $25 a person for the tour. You also have the choice not to do the tour.

On Sunday, we will hike out the 8 miles back to the cars at the parking area. We could grab food and a beer on the way home.

So please join us on an amazing trip to the Jocassee Gorges!