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Foothills Trail, Sloan Bridge to Whitewater Falls

Jackson County, North Carolina
Distance0.0mi
Elevation Gain6ft
Trailhead Elevation2,491ft
Top2,491ft
Elevation Min/Max2485/2491ft
Elevation Start/End2491/2491ft

Foothills Trail, Sloan Bridge to Whitewater Falls

Foothills Trail, Sloan Bridge to Whitewater Falls is a hiking trail in Jackson County, North Carolina. It is 45 feet long and begins at 2,491 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 6 feet. This trail connects with the following: Foothills Trail.
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7/19/2016
Truly a beautiful segment. I haven't done much of the Foothills Trail but if you want rivers, waterfalls and lake views this is your experience. It is not the hike for any scenic overlooks. Maybe in the winter some views. It's an excellent hike for consistent water source; you don't have to carry a lot because of creeks, and small waterfalls every couple of miles if not more (have a good filter or water treatment) It is strenuous and the inclines should not be taken lightly within the summer months. I did this in July but I live in South Georgia and I'm very used to the high humidity! 90 degree temps, so the campsites along Lake Jocassee was a welcome sight!
It is rain forest environment in the valleys and woodlands along the ridges; typical for Appalachian foothills. I debate using trekking poles but on this one being alone, I'm glad I had them for balance. Also no permits needed which makes organizing a little more simple.
Absolutely a stunning area.
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Foothills Trail, Sloan Bridge to Whitewater Falls Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"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."

Trail Information

Jackson County
Nearby City
Land Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2221 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 734-9108
Local Contacts
Guide to the Foothills Trail, Foothills Trail Conference; Cashiers, Reid, and Eastatoe Gap USGS quads,
Local Maps

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