Foothills Trail
from Laurel Valley access to Tina Marie Falls


Picture of Indian Pipes growing near Tina Marie Falls

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Date Hiked: 7/25/92

Length: 9.2 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: white

Main Features: Tina Marie Falls

Animals: crows, pileated woodpeckers, eastern fence lizards, chipmunks, gray squirrels, box turtle, chickadees, salamander, common garter snake, northern water snake

Location: Rocky Bottom, South Carolina

From the intersection of highways 178 and 11, drive north on 178 to Rocky Bottom (7.4 miles). Drive 0.9 miles past the F. Van Clayton turn on the right in Rocky Bottom and cross the bridge over Eastatoe Creek. Directly after crossing the bridge turn left and then immediately bear right on the dirt road that goes uphill. From the parking lot, walk up the road away from highway 178 a few paces and turn right up the stairway.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 100 feet to high spot at 0.4 miles
Descend 100 feet to edge of road at 0.5 miles
Ascend 675 feet to partial view at 1.8 miles
Descend 75 feet to bridge at 1.9 miles
Ascend 50 feet to high point at 2.0 miles
Descend 650 feet to Tina Marie Falls at 4.6 miles
Total Ascent: 1,650 feet

Miles
0.0 parking lot
0.4 high point
0.5 bear slightly right across dirt road
begin ascent for next 1.3 miles
1.0 cross road
ignore old road on left
1.3 stream on right coming out of small cave
sharp left switchback
1.5 cross old road
1.6 cross ridge
large boulders on right
high point
1.7 bridge
1.8 cross dirt road (a few paces left is good partial view)
1.9 bridge
briefly parallel road below to your left
2.0 high point
2.0 small stream goes under trail
cross old road
rock outcroppings on right
2.2 small stream goes under trail
2.4 bridge
2.5 cross small stream on rocks
2.6 sharp right switchback into rhododendron thicket
2.7 step across stream
2.8 bridge
2.9 bridge
3.2 cross road
turn right off of road at rail resembling hitching post
3.5 boulders on right
3.6 enter dense rhododendron thicket
begin hearing water in valley on left
3.7 begin steep descent into ancient, lush, secluded valley on left
4.0 reach valley floor and turn left (before stream)
4.1 step across stream
4.2 bridge
4.3 bridge
4.4 bridge
bridge
4.5 bridge
4.6 bench on left above falls (no view here)
turn left on short spur to base of falls
(the rocks are slick)
backtrack



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