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 Sloan Bridge to Burrell's Ford Road is a wooded area that starts near the East Fork of the Chattooga River. The Trail then passes an impressive waterfall, ascends to SC 107 near the Walhalla Fish Hatchery, then drops to the Chattooga River Gorge area at Burrell's Ford Road where a walk-in campground is located near the river.
Trailhead: PARKING: (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.(Burrell’s Ford Parking Area) - From US 76/US 441 in Clayton, GA (at Wendy’s), take a right onto Rickman Road for 0.5 miles to Warwoman Road. Turn right onto Warwoman Road and head 14 miles to State Route GA 28. Take a right onto GA 28 and follow it for 1.8 miles to U.S. Forest Service Road 646 (which is also known as Burrells Ford Road). Follow USFS 646 for 9.4 miles to the Burrell Ford Parking Area. USFS 646 will turn to gravel for a majority of this drive. In South Carolina this road becomes U.S. Forest Road 708. (Lat:34.58 Lon:-83.05)
Trail Guides for Foothills Trail - A9 to A11:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Sumter National Forest - (864) 638-9568
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Reviewed by BirdShooter on 7/2/2004
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