Foothills Trail Oconee State Park to Burrells Ford

Walhalla, South Carolina

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This most southwestern section of the Foothills Trail starts at one of South Carolina’s oldest state parks, a destination in its own right. Oconee State Park makes for a good jumping off point, whether you stay in the campground, with full amenities, or go upscale with one of their rental cabins. The Foothills Trail begins in piney woods near Stratton Mountain. Leave Stratton Mountain for Long Mountain, which offers views from its steep slopes, before dropping to the superlatively attractive Chattooga River. However, the trail doesn’t stay beside the river for long, as it climbs over a knob on a river bend. Beyond Kings Creek, the trail pulls away from the Chattooga to soon reach the Burrells Ford parking area. Burrells Ford is a walk-in camping area that used to have auto access until the Chattooga was designated as “Wild and Scenic” in 1974. This designation restricted auto access. Camping, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities are numerous along the Chattooga. However, no camping is allowed outside of the campground in Oconee State Park. The section of the Sumter National Forest outside the Chattooga requires a free permit.

Foothills Trail: Oconee State Park to Burrells Ford Professional Review and Guide

"This most southwestern section of the Foothills Trail starts at one of South Carolina’s oldest state parks, a destination in its own right. Oconee State Park makes for a good jumping off point, whether you stay in the campground, with full amenities, or go upscale with one of their rental cabins. The Foothills Trail begins in piney woods near Stratton Mountain. Leave Stratton Mountain for Long Mountain, which offers views from its steep slopes, before dropping to the superlatively attractive Chattooga River.

However, the trail doesn’t stay beside the river for long, as it climbs over a knob on a river bend. Beyond Kings Creek, the trail pulls away from the Chattooga to soon reach the Burrells Ford parking area. Burrells Ford is a walk-in camping area that used to have auto access until the Chattooga was designated as “Wild and Scenic” in 1974. This designation restricted auto access. Camping, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities are numerous along the Chattooga. However, no camping is allowed outside of the campground in Oconee State Park. The section of the Sumter National Forest outside the Chattooga requires a free permit."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Walhalla
Distance: 16.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round; lowlands away from water can be uncomfortably hot in summer
Trailhead Elevation: 1,770 feet
Top Elevation: 2,300 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Foothills Trail: Oconee State Park to Burrells Ford

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3/26/2007
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We hiked this segment the other way (Burrells Ford to Oconee) in early March, and I wouldn't recommend it as your sole source of hiking for a trip. The trail isn't terribly difficult, but toward the end it seems to all look the same...and it goes on forever.



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