Current Trail Conditions:
NOTICE – BRIDGE OUT: The first bridge above Virginia Hawkins Falls has been badly damaged by a fallen tree and is impassable. There is a reroute in place and detour signs posted.
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.
Even though construction continues on the observation tower on the summit of Sassafras Mountain the Foothills Trail is now open! Construction is expected to continue into April. The opening & dedication for the observation tower is scheduled for Monday, April 22 at 11:00am. This event is open to the public.
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.