Foothills Trail: Backpacking with a Sunset Boat Tour: Lake Jocassee

Backpacking Western N.C. (etc)
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Please join me for a 2 night backpacking trip along the Foothills Trail to Lake Jocassee. We will meet at Laurel Valley Parking area at 5:00pm on Friday, June 11th. This is a large gravel parking area.

Day 1: Backpack 2.8 miles of the Foothills Trail to the Flat Rock Campsite. This is a large campsite area that has bear cables and a water source.

Day 2: Backpack 5.5 miles to the Laurel Fork Falls campsite. 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 just relax at camp by the waterfall. I suggest bringing a blow up float for the lake!

On Saturday late afternoon/evening, I have arranged a pontoon boat lake tour incorporating sunset through my friend, Brooks Wade at Lake Joccasee Tours. He will pick us up from the camp site and give us an afternoon/evening tour of parts of the lake. He would then return us to our site. The price of the boat tour is $45 per person. It is definitely worth it as the lake is beautiful and has many water foul and water falls and much more nature viewing and Brooks is an informative boat captain. You also have the choice not to do the tour.

On Sunday, Day 3, we will hike out the 8 miles back to the cars at the parking area.

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