Bad Creek Project Trail, Foothills Trail,
and Hilliard Falls Trail to Hilliard Falls


Picture of an interesting toadstool beside the Foothills Trail

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You should obtain current information before attempting any hike.

Date Hiked: 8/10/96

Length: 13.8 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 3

Blaze: blue on Bad Creek Project Trail, white on Foothills Trail, blue on Hilliard Falls Trail

Main Features: Whitewater River, Thompson River, Hilliard Falls

Animals: crows, pileated woodpeckers, chickadees, cardinals, millipedes, turkey, deer, eastern fence lizard, broadhead skink, northern water snake, toad, bullfrog, butterflies, chipmunk

Location (of trailhead): Bad Creek Project, South Carolina

Drive north on highway 130 from highway 11. The Bad Creek Project is on the right between the connector to highway 107 and the upper Whitewater Falls overlook road. You must register with the guard and get a visitor's pass. Drive into the project and take the first paved road on the left. The trail leaves from the back left side of the parking area. A camera monitors the parking lot.

Note: You must turn in your pass and leave the Bad Creek Project by dusk.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 100 feet
Descend 125 feet
Ascend 325 feet
Descend 225 feet
Ascend 25 feet
Descend 75 feet
Descend 50 feet
Ascend 50 feet
Descend 325 feet to Thompson River
Ascend 500 feet
Descend 250 feet
Descend 350 feet to Bearcamp Creek
Ascend 25 feet to Hilliard Falls
Total Ascent: 2,425 feet

Miles
0.0 car
0.5 cross Whitewater River on two bridges
0.6 junction with Foothills Trail (go straight)
1.5 right on road for a few yards, then left on Foothills Trail
(Lower Whitewater Falls spur continues straight)
3.3 Thompson River
6.6 Bearcamp Creek, left on Hilliard Falls Trail (blue)
6.9 Hilliard Falls
backtrack



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