Foothills Trail

Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

Distance37.7mi
Elevation Gain19,309ft
Trailhead Elevation1,751ft
Top3,253ft
Elevation Min/Max1133/3253ft
Elevation Start/End1751/1751ft

Foothills Trail

Foothills Trail is a hiking trail in South Carolina and North Carolina. It is within Oconee State Park, Sumter National Forest, Toxaway Gamelands, and Ellicott Rock Wilderness. It is 37.7 miles long and begins at 1,751 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 76.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 19,309 feet. Whitewater Falls Viewing Platform, Whitewater Falls Overlook, and another viewpoint, the Winchester Cemetery (elevation 2,123 feet) grave yard, Medlin Mountain (elevation 3,130 feet), the Nantahala National Forest forest, Sloan Bridge and other parkings, and the Long Mountain Lookout Tower (elevation 2,001 feet) tower can be seen along the trail. There is also a camp site along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Station Mountain Road, King Creek Falls Trail, Foothills Trail, Sloan Bridge to Whitewater Falls, Round Mountain Loop Trail and John Garton Spur Trail.

Foothills Trail Reviews

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5/23/2008
Great trip! We did it in May, so the foliage obscured any mountaintop views, but the water scenery was amazing. Several waterfalls and rivers provided a ton of great pictures. The trail was strenuous in places with several long, steep ascents and equally long, steep descents. Bring an extra set of lungs and legs! The campsites and water sources are plentiful and high in quality, but always plan carefully. The only reason I gave it four stars is due to the numerous blowdowns and deadfalls which obscured the trail. Some serious maintenance is required here. Otherwise, it was an amazing trip which I would gladly repeat.
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3/26/2007
I really enjoyed this section of trail! The climb to Upper Whitewater is a little tough, but not unbearable. The Foothills Trail book will tell you about a camping site along a spur trail between the falls and Sloan Bridge...not a great idea to go there. The campsite is fine, but you have to walk a bit out of your way to get there, and adding extra mileage is always a little frustrating. Great section of trail though!
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10/11/2005
Good moderate trail with very few people there while we were there.
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8/18/2000
There are a few step descents and ascents on this section of the Foothills trail. The trail meets Lake Jocassee only two times, but there is an opportunity to swim at both locations. The second time the trail meets the lake, there is a waterfall that can be reached (the top) via a trail. The trail also crosses the river leading into the lake on a large bridge.
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Trail Information

Sumter National Forest
Nearby City
Toxaway Gamelands
Parks
Andrew Pickens Ranger District, Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664, (864) 638-9568.
Local Contacts
Guide to the Foothills Trail, Foothills Trail Conference; Cashiers, Reid, and Eastatoe Gap USGS quads,
Local Maps

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Dec 2018