Foothills Trail from Sloan Bridge Picnic Area
to Walhalla National Fish Hatchery Road

Picture of waterfall on Foothills Trail

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Date Hiked: 2/23/91

Length: 6.4 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 2

Scenery: 3

Blaze: white

Main Features: waterfalls, partial views

Animals: chickadees, cardinals, crows, pileated woodpecker

Location: Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

Driving north on highway 107, the Sloan Bridge Picnic Area is on the left 14.6 miles from highway 28 and 0.2 miles past the connecting road on the right that goes to highway 130. Driving south on highway 107, Sloan Bridge is on the right 0.9 miles past the North Carolina state line. There is no bridge at Sloan Bridge. The trailhead is at the south end of the parking lot, beside the restroom.

Approximate Altitude Change
Ascend 300 feet to fish hatchery road

0.0 parking lot
bear right at the fork a few paces from the parking lot
(don't cross highway 107)
0.1 waterfall on right
0.2 crest hill
stream crossing
0.3 begin partial views of cascades on right
0.5 stream crossing
waterfall on right
0.6 boulder leaning against tree on left of trail
0.7 waterfall on left so close to the trail you get wet (dangerous footing)
0.8 go under power line
1.1 stream crossing
stream crossing
1.2 turn left onto old road for a few paces then turn right off road
1.3 stream crossing
1.4 sharp left switchback away from stream on right
cross ridge so that now valley is on the left
1.7 stream crossing
2.0 cross old road
2.1 bearing trees with red paint on right
2.5 stream crossing
from here on you occasionally hear traffic on highway 107 to the left
2.8 partial views of mountains on right
hear occasional traffic on fish hatchery road on right
3.2 fish hatchery road


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