Foothills National Recreation Trail: Rocky Bottom to Table Rock State Park

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Pickens, South Carolina

Foothills National Recreation Trail: Rocky Bottom to Table Rock State Park is a 13.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Pickens, South Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Length13.3 miElevation gain3,015 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingHikingRunningForest
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South Carolina Department of Parks and Tourism, 1205 Pendleton Street, suite 248 , Columbia, SC, 29201, Phone: 803-734-0122

Directions from Walhalla: Take Hwy. 28 north to 107 then north of the Ranger Station for about 10 miles. You will arrive at Winding Stairs Road. At the parking pull of, enter the trail at the stairs (to go east) or across the highway (to go west). Many access points to this trail exist.

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Greg Anthony
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Isaac Dan
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did a 14mile hike this Saturday it was so nice and shady. very well worth the time.

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Cyndi Daugherty
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did an overnight, 12 miles from Oconee trailhead and back, absolute WORST maintained piece of trail i have ever traveled. trees down across/ in the trail every 50 to 100 yards. this would be a lovely trail if it was the least bit maintained.

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Derek Stroud
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Awesome trail very well maintained

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Jean Arden
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Hiked the full length in sections starting at Oconee County State Park and ending at Table Rock State Park beginning the first Tuesday in March and once a week until April 29. We planned our directions based on difficulty noted in official FT guide book which you can pick up at any of the state parks along Rt. 11. There were 4 of us, a few had hiked the trails before. We joined the Foothills Trail Conference so we could register as having completed the trail. We shuttled using our cars and a boat to Lake Jocassee trail heads. Great views. Saw spring arrive all along trail. Amazing wildflowers and waterfalls. Cooler temps. Rescheduled once due to rain. All experienced women hikers ranging in age from 60 to 67. We found the section distances longer by sometimes 2 or 3 miles than noted in the guide and were told this is due to some rerouting of the trail over the years. Lots of water crossings and some very steep ascents and descents but doable. Best to go online and contact someone for trail conditions at Foothills Trail Conference. Members maintain the trail . We had a very challenging experience the day after bad weather in early March from Cheohee to Burrell's Ford with over 50 trail obstructions/washouts. We reported it and the amazing volunteers cleared it all by the weekend. Other than that the trail was excellently maintained. Possible bear, wild hogs, timber rattlers and copperheads along this trail.. Are planning to repeat in the future. I have hiked or backpacked in all 50 states and this is one of the best hikes on the east coast. If out of state, take a few days to see local towns, Clemsn and Greenville. Clemson has a beautiful botanical garden, Greenville had a beautiful city park along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a paved trail, connecting it to Lake Conestee Park at one end and Travelers Rest at the other and there is also great hiking along the nearby Blue Ride Parkway.

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Lucy Wasmund
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Adding to my earlier post: we did not carry 6 days of food...arranged to re supply on trail days 3 and 5...

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Annabelle Cooper
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great hiking weather your out for a day or a weekend!

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Michael Roche
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I did the entire foothills trail about 3.5 years ago. Overall a good experience. I really enjoyed the section along the chattooga. The section around lake jocasse is deceiving. The topo map doesn't do it justice at a glance. Although the hills aren't big (a few hundred feet probably) but they are STEEP and relentless...one after another. We did it in 4 nights/5 days. I would have enjoyed an extra day to shave a few miles off each day.

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William Lacoste
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Did a 20 mile section years ago near the chattoogga river and just recently hiked from 178 at laurel valley to Sassafras summit, camping at chimneytop gap.. intense terrain, well marked... watch out for hunters

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Jason Hayes
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Did this trail once from 10/13/2009-10/17/2009, then again from 10/13/2011-10/19/2011. I must say this is an awesome trail. Strenuous at times, but beautiful nonetheless. Spending a week on the trail is never bad.

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LaToya Oglesby
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Chris Armenti
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Joseph McKee
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Carolynn Worthington
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Cynthia Stevens
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Don Ross
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Jan Onan
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Colin Thomas
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Trey Cole
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