Current Trail Conditions:
Due to major blowdowns below Big Bend Falls, the trail has partially collapsed in three places. Temporary repairs have been made to each spot and the trail is passable but hikers should use caution as they traverse each place.
Construction work on the observation tower site has begun 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.
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.
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.