Not there do not come

hiking
8 days ago

This trail is CLOSED!!

excellent hike with great views. The Waterfall is breathtaking! Lots of great up hill workouts. Took us about 3hrs with breaks

Fucking trail ain’t there........wasted a bunch of my time looking for trail that doesn’t exist

It’s actually 1.5 miles, but a lovely loop walk with changing elevation, lots of blooming mountain laurel (there in May), and a lovely creek and pond.

ohv/off road driving
closed
25 days ago

ohv/off road driving
rocky
2 months ago

Great moderate 4wd trail, we had a 2014 f-150 super crew with the 6.5ft bed, everything stock. Kind of a long truck for this trail, but we managed to make it about half way along the trail before having to back down a hill and turn around. Great views along the way, numerous picture opportunities. Overall, it was an excellent day out in nature, maintaining our social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Busy day on Musterground Road. Hand written poster board says “Musterground will close on Sunday March 22 and will reopen in 2 weeks on April 5” Great road for 4WD. It is in the forest with views of Lake Jocassee.

Great nature trail. The Oconee Belles were blooming which made the hike special as this is one of the few places in the world that this flower can be found.

Nice hike to see Oconee Bells.

This was a fun hike. Relatively easy until the approach to the falls. The pay off was totally worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

New trail signs are now all along the trail headed to Hilliard Falls. Much easier to navigate, worth the hike!

mountain biking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

This is a road designed for 4WD and ATVs. It is not designed for mountain biking. This road was recently improved with fist sized rock in many places, especially steep sections. There are many steep up and steep down sections. This was done Wednesday January 29. This was my first mountain biking adventure. I am an experienced hiker in this area. Most of Chestnut Mountain Road was a steep decent on fist sized gravel. I used my brakes almost the whole way with a frequent threat of skidding out. We turned right on to Auger Hole Road. We saw a waterfall covered in rhododendron near Bear Creek Road. Because we had bikes, we could go under the closed forest service gate. We saw no one all day. We rode our bikes when we could and walked the rest. We walked uphill and very steep downhill. Occasionally my feet slipped going downhill on the large gravel. We crossed the Iron Bridge at the Horsepasture River. We rode through 3 streams. I fell in the water on the first one. Another one I ran out of momentum and walked the last few steps through the stream. The prettiest part was probably a few miles east of the Thompson River to the ATV parking area, a few miles from the Bad Creek parking lot. There were rock outcroppings and small waterfalls. Unfortunately it was dark when we were in this area. Because I was familiar with the road from the Whitewater River bridge to the Bad Creek parking, we rode our bikes in the dark with headlamps. We were fortunate that we had no equipment malfunctions. We were also fortunate that it did not rain. It was not as muddy as I was expecting. Only a few mud puddles that were easy to ride around. If I ever do this again, it will be in a motorized vehicle.

We hiked a variation of this trail so we could see two waterfalls on the Thompson north of the bridge. Very nice hike to two beautiful falls. Hike was moderate. Spur trails to the two waterfalls were hard, but worth the effort. To do this hike, follow the Foothills trail until the big curve down into into the Thompson river valley. There, take a left to connect to an old logging road that connects to a Thompson River trail coming south from Hwy 281 (blue arrow in my picture - this is just before a creek crossing in that big curve in the trail). I've included a second photo of a map with a rough path to follow to connect you to the other trail. If you do this, I would strongly urge you to bring some type of GPS device with a map to keep you on the trail. It wasn't hard to follow, but there were a couple of trees down that forced us to leave the trail briefly (just 50 feet or so). Blue and orange flags mark the spur trails down to the waterfalls. Again, with a GPS signal and map, you know where to start looking for these. The decent to Big Falls is about 500 feet of elevation loss in a very brief time. It is not for the faint of heart. Not really dangerous as far as falling off cliffs or anything, but easy to slip and get scratches or bruises. There are some ropes and straps to help with the decent to Big Falls. The decent to the waterfall just north of Big Falls (I don't know the name of the falls) is much shorter, but it is still difficult.

Easy simple short

nice hike. last 6 tenths to platform is quite difficult.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Trail is very pretty. 3-4 trees across the path. Follow white blazes. Very pretty hike next to cascades, bridges, ladders, stairs and rock scrambling. Took us 4 hours but flew by!! Lots of through hikers doing the full Foothills Trail 76 m.

3-mile hike up to Upper Whitewater Falls along the river, includes plenty of stairs and rock scrambles, log-clearing, even jumping a large rock during a river cross. The last 1/2 mile is a strenuous, straight up climb with more stairs to the lookout deck. We were lucky to catch a beautiful view of the falls before fog settled in for the afternoon. Be very careful with footing on damp steps and rocks. Take your time with this hike.

My pup and I went for the other trail that we didn’t know was closed so did this one for a morning warm up. It was clean and nice, definitely a nature trail but if you paid to put your boat in and want a midday break this is the perfect place.

A great hike, a little more than I had expected, but all in all a wonderful hike. Be careful of the hornets & bears . My wife had a bad experience with a hornet! The falls where covered buy a canopy of trees late in summer but they will return to see it in late fall early winter.

This trail is not well traveled. It is easy to follow even though it is not blazed. Pleasant to be near the river on a hot summer day. After the initial climb, along the river is relatively flat. This area was not logged so many large pine, tulip poplar and dead hemlocks.

hiking
10 months ago

this trail is closed indefinitely. was one of my favorites since it was so close to home.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
10 months ago

From this trailhead, you can hike to both Upper and Lower Whitewater Falls overlooks. However, this would be more challenging than hiking each separately from separate parking lots. Upper Whitewater Falls overlook can be accessed via a walkway/trail, rated as easy, and located at a different parking lot off of SR 281. Upper area is managed by the Forest Service. Both falls are beautiful and vast in size. Hence, in order to take in a full view of the falls, it requires being some distance away. Both are viewed via overlooks. The overlook for Lower Whitewater Falls is further away from the falls than the overlook for Upper Whitewater Falls. Both are worth seeing! The trails are in this area are well marked. The trails in the Duke Energy section have good signage, at trail intersections, that includes mileage. Warning: snakes. We encountered a snake on the trail on the ascend/steep section near Upper Whitewater Falls overlook.

This trail is literally NOT THERE any longer! Needs to be taken off the list and map! The roads to this place are terrible and will get you lost as well.

Hiked it in the rain and it was very slippery. Would suggest supportive hiking boots. Lots of water for your dog. Nice hike and fairly easy especially when dry.

Great and short trail once you find it! Must be fantastic in March when the flowers bloom ( I have my calendar marked for next year).

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