Current Trail Conditions:
====> Oconee State Park: The Foothills Trail parking lot and access point as well as the trail within Oconee State Park is closed due to hurricane damage. It will be necessary to use Jumping Branch or Choehee Rd. to access or exit the Foothills Trail.
====> Table Rock State Park: Access to the Foothills Trail is closed in Table Rock State Park due to hurricane damage. The next feasible access to the Trail is at Sassafras Mtn.
**WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED AS SOON AS THESE AREAS ARE REOPENED
====> After 8 months of being closed due to the burning of the staircase that connected the overlooks at Whitewater Falls, the Whitewater Falls Recreation Area was reopened to the public at 12:00 on Friday, June 30. The parking lot, picnic area restrooms, and both overlooks are now back open to view the falls and enjoy this very popular spot that is connected to the Foothills Trail.
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.
LAKE JOCASSEE WATER LEVEL: The level of Lake Jocassee can vary each day, making access by boat to the Horsepasture access (and soon to the Toxaway access) to the Foothills Trail very difficult. Please consider this as you plan your trip through the Jocassee Gorges area and, if you need a boat shuttle, contact the boat shuttle service PRIOR to venturing out on the Foothills Trail.
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.
CAUTION: In preparation for future enhancements at the summit of Sassafras Mtn, ( including a viewing platform ! ), SC DNR has had trees and vegetation removed by a commercial operator. The portion of the Trail at the SUMMIT is OPEN, however, the trailbed is not very apparent. Additional POSTS with BLAZES have been erected, but be careful as you hike through this 150 yd. stretch. Keep to the north side of the Duke radio tower until reaching the yellow gate going east – or the steps going west. Enjoy the new, spectacular view ! !