Current Trail Conditions:
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
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.
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.