Foothills National Recreation Trail


This trail covers about 100 miles, including spur and loop trails linking Oconee State Park with Table Rock State Park via Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall in the east. The trail crosses numerous rivers. The terrain varies drastically from extremely steep ravens to relatively moderate portions. A detailed guide for the trail may be purchased at the Andrew Pickens District Office on Highway 28.

Printable guide and vicinity map

At a Glance

Open Season: All year. Consult weather reports espcially in Winter.
Restrictions: Primitive camping is allowed, but campsites must be greater than 50 feet from streams and trails, and greater than .25 miles from roads. Fallen trees and occasional undergrowth may present some problems. Always leave your itinerary with someone you know. Keep alert for venomous snakes, poisonous plants and stinging insects.

General Information

Directions: Many easy access points exist. A popular one on the Andrew Pickens District is at Winding Stairs Road. Take Highway 107 north of the ranger station for about ten miles. At the parking lot pull off and enter the trail at the stairs (to go east) or across the highway (to go west).



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  Area/Length : 
100 miles, 16.6 on the Sumter National Forest