The section of Foothills Trail that was closed for the Mill mountain fire will RE-OPEN tomorrow morning (Sat. 11/18)! See this LINK for more info.
Thank you to the USFS and firefighters that helped to manage and maintain this fire!
BURN BANS LIFTED: As of 11/21/23 the burn bans issued by SCDNR and Andrew Pickens District have been lifted.
NOTICE: New SC DNR regulations that govern activities at and near the summit of Sassafras Mountain and the new observation tower are now in effect. Three of these directly affect Foothills Trail hikers and backpackers : ( 1 ) – NO CAMPING is allowed on the site ( 2 ) – NO FIRES are allowed on the site ( 3 ) – The hours of access are one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset. There is VIDEO MONITORING 24/7. The “ site “ begins at the road crossing southwest of the summit and continues until on the Foothills Trail or Caesar’s Head spur trail east of the summit parking area. Designated campsites are located 1 mile south of Chimneytop Gap and at the Cantrell homesite 1 mile east of Sassafras. View Regulations for Sassafras Mountain Site