Although the 76.2-mile Foothills National Recreation Trail begins and ends in South Carolina's "golden corner" along the Blue Ridge Escarpment, it also traverses two of North Carolina's most beautiful mountain counties. Along the way it crosses five rivers, passes numerous spectacular waterfalls, and climbs to South Carolina's highest point.
This slim pocket guide has concise thru-hike directions from either end of the trail, detailed maps, major and minor trailheads; the best day hikes and overnights; campsites, water sources, and GPS coordinates. All this and more in an easy-to-use reference format that will help you keep your pack small and light.
SCOTT LYNCH, a former outfitter and hike leader, has been hiking, backpacking, and camping along the trails of the Carolina's since 1989.
The Foothills Trails is a 76.2-mile national recreation trail from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park in upstate South Carolina. In between, it crosses into Western North Carolina. The trail features waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and Sassafras Mountain, the highest mountain in South Carolina. So how long would it take you to walk the distance? For that, you need to pick up Hiking South Carolina's Foothills Trail by Scott Lynch. The book shows you that you could do it in five days, averaging 15.3 miles, or six days (12.7 miles per day) or seven days, (10.8 miles a day). All of this is figured out for you. Lynch tells you where to start and end and where to camp in between. In addition, the author highlights the crown jewel section in the middle. Concise directions are given from either direction. But what if you don't want to backpack? No problem. The guide offers clear directions to major and minor trailheads, so you can plan a dayhike [and it's] the perfect size to put in your pack or even your pocket.--Hiker to Hiker.com This guide is concise and thorough in presenting the key trail data any hiker needs. I believe it will be essential equipment in the pocket or pack of every Foothills Trail hiker.--Diana Ward "Appalachian Outfitters, Greenville, SC "