Hiking South Carolina
A long 3-day backpacking trip, offering waterfalls and the majestic beauty of the Whitewater and Chattooga rivers. This segment of the Foothills Trail is described east to west, beginning at the northeastern Bad Creek Trailhead. There are advantages and disadvantages to going in either direction.
The east-to-west route involves an 1,100-foot ascent to the top of Upper Whitewater Falls in the first 2.5 miles of the hike. Much of the rest of the hike, however, is a long, gradual, 1,400-foot descent, with numerous ups and downs along the way. The east-to-west route can be eased by beginning at the parking lot for Upper Whitewater Falls, but there is great beauty in the section along the Whitewater River that would be bypassed. The west-to-east route involves a long ascent, followed by a short, steep descent.