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Come Thru-Hike the Foothills Trail Wednesday Sept 29 to Tuesday Oct[masked]
Between Sassafras Mountain (the highest point in South Carolina at 3,553 feet) and Lake Jocassee, the Foothills Trail traverses roughly 77 miles of the Southern Appalachians from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park. Remote, thickly forested and cut through with creeks, the trail has three distinct sections, each featuring rock-strewn rivers, cascading waterfalls and abundant wildlife — all miles from any paved road.
Backpacker magazine has twice listed the Foothills Trail as one of the top 10 weeklong hiking trails in the country and in 2012 Jocassee Gorges was named one of the “50 of the World’s Last Great Places” by National Geographic magazine. Jocassee Gorges, vaults across four rivers by means of several engineered bridges, including a 225-foot suspension bridge over Toxaway River, before landing near Whitewater Falls as it plunges 411 feet just a short distance away.
Agenda and per day mileage may adjust slightly based on participants ability and conditions. Food resupply will be at approx. mile 47 on morning of day 5 (Sunday).
Day 1 (Wed) meet at Oconee State Park Office / Hwy 117 at 2:00 PM. I will be driving a white Honda CRV. I have reserved Shuttle driver from Oconee to Table Rock be prepared to give driver tip for their time and gas. Shuttle driver will also help us with stashing resupply.
After registering begin hike at Table Rock and hike to Lighthouse (5 Miles with elevation gain of 2435) or Cantrell Campsite if we can make it (8.5 Miles elevation gain of 3895 for the day)
Day 2 (Thrs) – Lighthouse Campsite to FlatRock Campsite 12 miles, 3420 elevation gain for the day.
Day 3 (Fri) – Flatrock Campsite to Toxaway Campsite – 10 miles, 1720 elevation gain for the day (easy day)
Day 4 (Sat) – Toxaway Campsite to Coley Creek Campsite – 13 Miles, 3945 elevation gain for the day.
Day 5 (Sun) – Coley Creek Campsite to Fish Hatchery Campsite – 14 Miles, 3450 elevation gain for the day.
Day 6 (Monday) – Fish Hatchery Campsite to Lick Log Campsite - 14 Miles, 2510 elevation gain for the day.
Day 7 (Tuesday) – Lick Log Campsite to Oconee State Park – 8 miles, 1380 for the day.
Interactive map & info
Notes: Parking pass fees required at Oconee State Park, Water sources at all campsites and during day. Bear cables at most campsites but be prepared to hang if you don’t bring bear bucket just in case.
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