Summary: The main stem of this nearly 100 mile long hiking trail extends from Table Rock State Park in Pickens County, to Oconee State Park in Oconee County. The trail crosses some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in the Southeast and provides access to Sassafrass Mountain, the highest peak in South Carolina, and to major mountain streams and breathtaking views. The section of trail from Upper Whitewater Falls to Sloan Bridge is a wooded area that ascends Grassy Knob and follows the Chattooga Ridge across the SC/NC line and descends to Sloan Bridge at SC 107.
Trailhead: PARKING: (Upper Whitewater Falls Parking Area) - From the South near Salem, SC on SC 11, turn north onto SC Highway 130 (which is also called Whitewater Road) and travel about ten miles. Cross the NC/SC state line into North Carolina and continue for about a mile to the Whitewater Falls parking area which is marked with a large U.S. Forest Service sign. Turn right into the parking area and pay your nominal parking fee. If you are approaching this parking area from the North, it is 8.5 miles south of the junction of US 64 and NC 281 in Sapphire, North Carolina. (Sloan Bridge) – From Walhalla, take SC 28 north to SC 107. Turn right and follow SC 107 for 16 miles to the Sloan Bridge Picnic area which will be on the left shortly after Wiggington Road (SR413) turns to the right toward Whitewater Falls. OR From Cashiers, take NC 107 south for nine miles, cross into SC and look for the parking lot and picnic area on the right. If you reach the lefthand turn for toward Wh (Lat:35.01 Lon:-83.02)
Trail Guides for Foothills Trail - A8 to A9:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Sumter National Forest - (864) 638-9568
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Reviewed by SRG on 7/2/2004
Actually the link is... http://www.n2backpacking.com/destinations/south_carolina/foothills/foothills%202_03D.htm
Reviewed by BirdShooter on 7/2/2004
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