Trail Conditions

Current Trail Conditions:


COVID-19 UPDATE:  Please review our guidelines to follow when hiking the Foothills Trail – View Guidelines

The Sassafras Observation Tower is open to visitors. Please practice physical distancing of six feet or more. Parking may be limited at the state parks, so getting there early is recommended.


Winter 2021-22 SCDNR News Release concerning the road to Sassafras Mountain summit.

See the News Release from SCDNR concerning possibility of Sassafras Mountain Rd. being closed during winter weather this season and where to check for updates.https://www.dnr.sc.gov/news/2021/dec/dec21-sassafras.php


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


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If you observe any trail maintenance needs or obstructions that could interfere with hikers’ progress or safety, please report it using the form below.

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