Greenville, SC: Foothills Trail

Walk the wilderness that bridges North and South Carolina on a 33-mile shuttle hike that samples lush riverside trail and ridgetop views.
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Walk the wilderness that bridges North and South Carolina on a 33-mile shuttle hike that samples lush riverside trail and ridgetop views.

Plan to spend at least 3 days for this 33-mile shuttle hike on the Chattooga Valley segment of the Foothills Trail. You'll want to savor every waterfall, lush riverside, and ridgetop view you encounter along South Carolina's mountainous northwest border. From the parking lot, take the blue blazed spur trail and turn left onto the white-blazed Foothills Trail. After an initial 1,100-foot ascent over the first 2.5 miles, as you climb from the Whitewater River to the top of Upper Whitewater Falls, the rest of the route is generally downhill. You'll trace the Blue Ridge Escarpment along scenic riverbanks and bluffs, and through mixed forests brimming with trillium, with campsites scattered throughout.
-Hike adapted from "Hiking South Carolina," by John Clark and John Dantzler (FalconGuide)

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 53.1

Waypoints

Bad Creek Parking Lot

Location: 35.012717, -82.998733

Duke Power's Bad Creek Project

Oconee State Park Trailhead

Location: 34.86365, -83.0981

Oconee State Park.