Current Trail Conditions:
====> FOOTHILLS TRAIL from TABLE ROCK STATE PARK to SASSAFRAS MTN is OPEN for hikers as of 1-20-17.
- After hundreds of man-hours by FTC volunteers and SC State Park Service personnel to clear the trails damaged and blocked by the Pinnacle Mountain Fire, the Foothills Trail / Pinnacle Mountain Trails within Table Rock State Park are now safe and OPEN to hikers and backpackers.
====> After 8 months of being closed due to the burning of the staircase that connected the overlooks at Whitewater Falls, the Whitewater Falls Recreation Area was reopened to the public at 12:00 on Friday, June 30. The parking lot, picnic area restrooms, and both overlooks are now back open to view the falls and enjoy this very popular spot that is connected to the Foothills Trail.
Please note: For the present time the SPUR that connects the lower viewing platform to the Foothills Trail is CLOSED. A section of timber steps that were burned in the fire have not yet been replaced, but are expected to be in the near future. Until then hikers or backpackers may access the Foothills Trail via the SPUR trail that begins at the back of the restrooms.
SUPPLEMENTAL WATER SOURCES ON THE FOOTHILLS TRAIL: Three Boy Scouts have placed water cisterns in various places on the Foothills Trail. A waist-high stake with a blue reflector indicates the presence nearby of these water sources. Pictures of a cistern can be found on the Foothills Trail Facebook page.
LAKE JOCASSEE WATER LEVEL: The level of Lake Jocassee can vary each day, making access by boat to the Horsepasture access (and soon to the Toxaway access) to the Foothills Trail very difficult. Please consider this as you plan your trip through the Jocassee Gorges area and, if you need a boat shuttle, contact the boat shuttle service PRIOR to venturing out on the Foothills Trail.
Due to recent logging operations, the area in the vicinity of White Pine Point below Sassafras Mountain can be somewhat confusing due to woody debris. Pay close attention to the WHITE BLAZES. The blazes in this section have recently been refurbished and are clearly visible now.
CAUTION: In preparation for future enhancements at the summit of Sassafras Mtn, ( including a viewing platform ! ), SC DNR has had trees and vegetation removed by a commercial operator. The portion of the Trail at the SUMMIT is OPEN, however, the trailbed is not very apparent. Additional POSTS with BLAZES have been erected, but be careful as you hike through this 150 yd. stretch. Keep to the north side of the Duke radio tower until reaching the yellow gate going east – or the steps going west. Enjoy the new, spectacular view ! !