Foothills Trail — North Carolina Section

Cashiers, North Carolina

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The Foothills Trail was conceived in the early 1970s as a way to link existing trails along the Carolinas’ border to create one long ramble, from Table Rock State Park on the northeast to Oconee State Park on the southwest. The result is a 76-mile hike that passes through seven state parks and two national forests and takes in ten significant waterfalls. It’s a good weeklong backpack trip or, if approached by section, can be consumed in day trips. The governing Foothills Trail Conference has divided the trail into thirteen sections ranging in length from 1.4 miles to 16.4 miles. One of the more popular sections is A8, which takes in the spectacular Upper Falls, a 411-foot drop promoted as the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

The Foothills Trail was conceived in the early 1970s as a way to link existing trails along the Carolinas’ border to create one long ramble, from Table Rock State Park on the northeast to Oconee State Park on the southwest. The result is a 76-mile hike that passes through seven state parks and two national forests and takes in ten significant waterfalls.

It’s a good weeklong backpack trip or, if approached by section, can be consumed in day trips. The governing Foothills Trail Conference has divided the trail into thirteen sections ranging in length from 1.4 miles to 16.4 miles. One of the more popular sections is A8, which takes in the spectacular Upper Falls, a 411-foot drop promoted as the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cashiers
Distance: 2.3
Elevation Gain: 725 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best in Summer
Local Maps: USGS Cashiers
Driving Directions: Directions to Foothills Trail — North Carolina Section

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