Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve Trail

Picture of cave beside Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve Trail

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Date Hiked: 1/1/92

Length: 4.6 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 3

Blaze: yellow

Main Features: cascades, partial views

Animals: crows, pileated woodpecker, sparrows, deer, chipmunks

Location: Rocky Bottom, South Carolina

Drive north on highway 178 from the intersection with scenic highway 11. Turn left directly after the bridge across Eastatoe Creek at the Laurel Valley Lodge sign. (This turn is 0.9 miles past the intersection with F. Van Clayton Road in Rocky Bottom.) Right after turning left, bear right on the dirt road that goes up the hill. Drive 0.3 miles to the parking area on the left. Park.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 150 feet to the high spot at 0.5 miles
Descend 550 feet to the end of the trail at 2.3 miles
Total Ascent: 700 feet

0.0 parking area
walk up the road following the yellow blazes
(ignore the Foothills Trail stairway opposite the parking area)
0.1 turn left at "Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve" sign onto closed road
0.3 trail goes through cutout in bank, then bears left
0.5 clearing with partial views east, north, and west
0.6 good winter views left
0.8 bear left at fork
hear cascades in valley on right
0.9 turn back to the right at "Eastatoe Creek Natural Area" sign
1.1 stream flows under trail
wet area in trail with moss-covered stepping stones
1.2 hear cascades in valley on left
1.3 rotten log bridge with dripping rock outcropping on right
bear left off of roadbed and descend stairs
(there are logs for sitting at the top of the stairs)
1.4 switchback right
stream-crossing on old log jam
1.5 step across stream
partial winter views of waterfall in valley on left
1.6 several wet areas in a row
1.8 fallen tree across trail forms cave on right
wet area
1.9 switchbacks
2.0 beginning of open woods with several campsites beside Eastatoe Creek
scenic cascades from here to the end of the trail
2.3 end of trail (signified by tree with three yellow blazes)


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