Foothills Trail from upper
Whitewater Falls to Thompson River

Picture of bridge over Corbin Creek

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Date Hiked: 1/27/90

Length: 10.0 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 4

Blaze: white

Main Features: upper Whitewater Falls, Thompson River, partial views

Location: Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina

Drive north on SC highway 130 from scenic highway 11. Turn right at the Whitewater Falls sign about 0.2 miles after entering North Carolina. Drive about 0.2 miles to the parking area. Follow paved trail from parking lot.

Approximate Altitude Change
Descend 700 feet from overlook to Whitewater River
Descend 180 feet from bridge across Whitewater River to trail junction at information board
Ascend 225 feet from trail junction to level ridge top with winter views
Descend 535 feet from ridge top to Thompson River
Total Ascent: 1,640 feet

0.0 parking lot
0.1 Lake Jocassee is visible in the southeast
0.2 Upper Whitewater Falls overlook (end of paved walk)
turn right and descend the stairs here
after about 100 steps there is another overlook offering a better view
0.7 bridge across Whitewater River
0.8 bridge across Corbin Creek
1.2 series of wooden stairs (up and down)
1.3 bear left across campsite
1.4 bridge
1.6 bridge
1.7 bridge then bench on left
2.1 bridge
2.3 turn left at trail junction and leave river
(straight is camping area right is Coon Branch Natural Area and Bad Creek Project Trail)
2.7 after ascent, turn right onto old road for a few paces then turn left leaving the road
2.8 bridge
2.9 beginning of winter views
trail levels
3.2 begin descent
3.4 cross stream and turn right on old road
3.5 bridge
3.6 turn left off of old road
end of winter views
3.8 stream crossing
3.9 stream crossing
4.0 after ascent, turn right on dirt road beside gate
4.3 turn right off of road and ascend
4.4 gain ridge top
4.9 reach edge of Thompson River
5.0 bridge across Thompson River


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