Current Trail Conditions:
Due to the Dec 8 snow “event “ the Foothills Trail was heavily impacted by fallen trees (mainly pines) as well as collapsed Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron. Since that time various sections have been cleared by volunteers and a contract crew from Duke Energy. Most of the Trail has been cleared/repaired, but a few sections still need work. Damage remains between Whitewater Falls and Sloan Bridge, as well as from Cheohee Rd to Pig Pen and Lick Log. There are some problem areas along the Chattooga River also.
NEW campsite on the Foothills Trail – An Eagle Scout project has resulted in the tremendous improvement of a designated campsite on the Trail ! Heading east from the Thompson River approximately 1.2 miles ( GB mile 3.9* / Map #7 at 3.9 / 12.5 ) is a designated campsite that is 75 ft. to the right of the Trail. The Boy Scout added an in ground grill and two benches, and cleared a large tent site area. In addition, a cistern has been placed in a small stream about 75 – 100 yards before reaching the campsite. A small wooden sign marks the campsite entrance.
Construction work on the observation tower site continues on the summit of Sassafras Mountain. Detour signs are in place that direct hikers from Caesar’s Head and Table Rock to turn LEFT and hike down the paved road to the access leading to Chimneytop Gap, and hikers from Chimneytop Gap will turn RIGHT and proceed up the road to the access point for Table Rock or Caesar’s Head. Waist-high posts with white blazes are in place along the road. A CAUTION sign is in place before the Chimneytop access to warn motorists of hikers being on the road. Construction is expected to continue into March due to weather delays.
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.