Shuttle Service

There are both volunteer shuttle drivers and commercial drivers available to help you with the logistics of your hike. Our volunteers are “hikers helping hikers”; they do not charge set fees but should be reimbursed fairly for the number of miles traveled.

Please note

These volunteers are not FTC employees, and their insurance and driving records have not been verified. A hiker who rides with any driver, volunteer or commercial, accepts responsibility for his or her own safety and agrees to hold harmless the FTC, its officers and directors, and the driver.



Volunteer Shuttles:

To email shuttle drivers click “email” by their name.

  • Mike Despeaux: 864-859-8468
  • Jim Simpson “Taz”: 864-431-0447 or email him
  • Carla High “Ms. Taz”: 202-999-8069 or email her
  • Jami Rivers 864-293-4376 or email him
  • Coax Sanford 864-247-9742 or email him
  • Coleman Rivers 864-630-7183 or email him
  • Isaac Gallman 828-722-1280 or email him
  • Susan Chapman 864-760-5601 or email her

Commercial Shuttles:

Jocassee Lake Tours and Shuttle Service in Salem, SC, is run by Brooks and Kay Wade, who are members of the FTC. They offer only lake shuttles for hiking and kayaking, boat tours, and more. Contact them by phone at 864-280-5501 or email at

Jocassee Outdoor Center (formerly Hoyetts Grocery) in Salem, SC, provides a boat shuttle across Lake Jocassee or a car shuttle. Contact them at 864-944-9016.

Expedition Carolina is a kayak tour company on Lake Jocassee that offers lake and car shuttle services to the Foothills Trail for hiking or paddling. Please contact them at 864-884-1594 or