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Foothills Trail: Oconee State Park to Nicholson Ford Rd

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Oconee State Park

Foothills Trail: Oconee State Park to Nicholson Ford Rd is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Tamassee, South Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,167 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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8 months ago

Three of us hiked this as a part of a 26 mile section of the FHT. We started at Oconee Station falls entrance and hiked up to Oconee State Park on the Palmetto Trail then began the FHT and on to Burrells Ford, then took the East Fork trail to the Fish Hatchery to finish. It’s a challenging 26 miles but beautiful section along the Chattooga and East Fork rivers! We spent two nights hammock-camping with our first night being about a half-mile down off of hwy 107 next to a nice creek that they have installed a cistern in for collecting drinking water. (Use filter or treatment). We continued on the FHT to Burrells Ford and spent the second night there along the Chattooga river. Then on to the East Fork trail to finish the third day. Awesome!

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Tue Apr 30 2019

This Foothills Trail sections A14-A13. Although it is perfect for a point to point trail due to a very small parking lot at the Jumping Branch (A13) trailhead I did it as an out and back starting at Oconee State Parks (A14) due to its much larger parking lot. If you are only interested in a point to point trip and have a great support transportation system, have them drop you off at A13 and travel the trail down to A14 (easier of the two-ways). Overall, the trail was easy to follow, well marked with white blazes, and mostly maintained. There were a few blow downs that had to be dealt with and was easier to climb over them. Despite being the great overall conditions, you need to be mindful of your footing as some areas are narrow and would be easy to slip down into a ravine. There were several stream crossings and the water appeared to be clear and could be used an emergency water source (with proper purification) and two backcountry campsites. All these items are marked as waypoints on my recording. Overall, a great hike that I would rate as moderate difficulty.

Just hiked the first six miles and back. Enjoyable if unspectacular hike if you’d like to get some mileage and are in the area. Plenty of opportunities to add spurs or go point to point for a more scenic hike. Hidden Falls is a fairly short spur trail with a waterfall that may be worth taking.

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