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.