Current Trail Conditions:
It is anticipated that the week after Thanksgiving the trail over the summit of Sassafras will be detoured due to the beginning of construction of the new observation tower. The detour will mean that hikers coming from Caesars Head or Table Rock State Park will turn and hike down the paved road to the access leading to Chimneytop gap and the reverse is true coming up from Chimneytop gap. Signs indicating the detour will be placed at each end. This is expected to last until early Summer 2018.
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.
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 ! !