From the spring picnic and annual Fall Gathering to regular group outings and trail maintenance projects, there are a variety of events throughout the year just for members of the Foothills Trail Conservancy.  Participants must be members of the Foothills Trail Conservancy or their guest. Event Notifications will be sent by email to members through the FTC’s online registration system when registration is open. Please sign up to receive outing notification by providing your e-mail address to the Foothills Trail Conservancy mailing list on our Web site www.foothillstrail.org.  Questions should be sent to FTC through the email address info@foothillstrail.org. The number of registrants per hike is at the discretion of the hike leader and will sometimes be limited. Registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will be asked to fill out an Acknowledgement of Risk form prior to your hike. The Foothills Trail Conservancy does not permit dogs on group hikes.

If you are interested in helping maintain the Foothills Trail email maintenance@foothillstrail.org

*Mark these dates on your calendar for our 2022 Maintenance projects:  January 29, March 26, May 21, July 23, September 24, and November 5 (during Annual Gathering at Oconee SP).  Details and location will be emailed to those interested in helping with maintenance. 

Foothills Trail Conservancy 2022 Outings

POSTPONED – New date TBD  — Sassafras to Table Rock State Park. Join Becky Gilstrap & Tricia Kyzer, FTC Board Members, on one of the most spectacular sections of the Foothills Trail.  In the winter months, with less foliage, the enormous boulders below Pinnacle Mountain and Table Rock can be fully appreciated, and the views from Drawbar Cliffs and Pinnacle Overlook (also called Bald Knob) are incredible. *This 9.5-mile hike is strenuous because of its length and the fact that it descends 2,500 ft. from Pinnacle Mountain. It will require a shuttle, so we will meet at Table Rock Nature Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Bring lunch, snacks, water, appropriate clothing and footwear, and consider bringing hiking poles or a hiking stick.  Before the hike the group will enjoy the views from the observation deck at Sassafras Mountain. This hike is limited to 20 people. Time commitment:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday, March 19  Oconee Bells at Devils Fork State Park. Join fellow FTC members to celebrate the Jocassee Gorges’ most famous harbinger of spring, the flower of the rare and beautiful Oconee Bell, at Devils Fork State Park on Lake Jocassee in northern Oconee County. BellFest is a Friends of Jocassee public event that features local artisans, exhibitors, silent auction, and interpretive hike (View Event Flyer).  We recommend you take part in a 1-mile wildflower walk on the Oconee Bell Trail with markers that identify plants along the trail (brochures will also available). There are places along the Oconee Bell Trail that are conveniently set up for photography to limit trampling of the plants. Please be mindful of others on the trail and practice social distancing.  10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Devils Fork State Park.  (Admission to the park is $8 per adult; $5 SC Seniors (65+); $4 children (6-15), under 5 are free)

Saturday, April 23 – FTC Spring Picnic- At Gorges State Park (976 Grassy Ridge Rd. Sapphire, NC 28774).  2:00-7:00 PM at the White Pines Shelter.  The meal is served around 4:30 PM.  FTC provides drinks, hot dogs and hamburgers.  We ask that FTC members bring a pot luck dish to share.  Following the meal, a presentation will be given by Kay Wade from Jocassee Lake Tours on the “Story of the Oconee Bells.” The cost for Adults is $10 each and kids are free for this event.  Please register by April 21st.  This is a great event for the family.  Register at this link

Saturday, May 14 – Geology Hike.  Join FTC Board Member and retired Furman Professor, Bill Ranson, on an informative hike to explore the geology of a portion of the Foothills Trail.  Dr. Ranson recently published a book with SCDNR personnel, The Guide to the Geology of the Foothills Trail.  Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of the Geology Guide.  This hike will take place at Table Rock State Park. Meet at the Trailhead / Nature Center parking area at 9:00 am. Bring snacks, lunch, water, appropriate clothing and footwear. This hike is limited to 15 people.  We do encourage families to attend, this is an excellent learning experience for all ages.  Time commitment:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2 mile hike (if we have families attend).  If we have all adults, it will be a 4 mile hike from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Saturday, June 4 — The American Hiking Society has named June 4 as National Trails Day!   Share your adventure on the Foothills Trail using  #NationalTrailsDay & #FoothillsTrail.  FTC will be planning a group hike to King Creek Falls, Chattooga/Foothills Trail & Spoonauger Falls (approx. 5 miles), more details to come soon! 

Saturday, August 13 –   Section A9-A10 on the Foothills Trial, Sloan Bridge to Fish Hatchery Road.   Join our FTC Board Chairman, Andrew Gleason (aka: Chainsaw), on a hike to explore an easy 3.3 mile section of the Foothills Trail.   We will view three waterfalls including Hikers Peril Falls, three campsites, several Eagle Scout projects and several “secrets” along the way including the “old man” on the trail.  Meet at Fish Hatchery Rd. trail access at 9:00am.  We will shuttle over to Sloan Bridge access to begin the hike.  After the hike we will head to the Walhalla Fish Hatchery, the only trout hatchery in SC (this is optional).   Bring snacks, lunch, water & appropriate footwear and clothing.  If you are interested in fishing the East Fork of the Chattooga River after the hike there are several areas to fish near the Hatchery.  This is a family friendly hike so we encourage hikers of all ages to attend.  Limited to 20 people.

Sunday, September 18–   Lake Jocassee Tour, Hike, Swim. Join Heyward Douglass and Tricia Kyzer on a hike at the upper end of Lake Jocassee.  The boat will proceed up the lake to Rock Creek, and the group will hike the Foothills Trail to Laurel Fork, a distance of about 3 miles..  On the return several waterfalls will be visited and an opportunity for some swimming and rock jumping !  Meet at the Devils Fork boat ramp at 8:00 a.m. Bring snacks, lunch, water and appropriate footwear and clothing.  There is a charge of $60 per person, to be paid at the time of registration by calling Jocassee Lake Tours at 864-280-5501. This is limited to 12 people.  Return to the dock by 2:00 p.m.

Friday – Sunday, Nov 4-6  —  FTC Fall Gathering at Oconee State Park.  Join us for a FUN weekend get-together of FTC members, family and friends.  A variety of hikes of various lengths will be offered, a scavenger hunt, maintenance project, guest speakers, annual meeting and great food & fellowship.  Registration information will be sent out by mail and email to FTC members by mid to late September.

For more information, email info@foothillstrail.org

 

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