Foothills Trail
from Laurel Valley access to Chimneytop Gap

Picture of Toadshade flowers (purple trillium) growing beside the trail

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Date Hiked: 4/27/91

Length: 4.8 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 2

Blaze: white

Main Features: partial views

Animals: bobcat, crow, pileated woodpecker, sparrow, cardinal, owl, gray squirrels

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. Drive 0.3 miles to the parking area on the left. Walk back down the dirt road to highway 178. Walk across the bridge over Eastatoe Creek and turn left onto the Foothills Trail.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Descend 110 feet from the parking area to Eastatoe Creek
Ascend 860 feet from Eastatoe Creek to a high spot at about 2.3 miles
Descend 50 feet to Chimneytop Gap
Total Ascent: 1,020 feet

0.0 parking lot
0.3 cross highway 178 bridge over Eastatoe Creek, then turn left
0.4 stream
0.6 gain top of small knob
0.7 rock outcroppings on left
0.8 hemlock forms canopy over trail (good rain shelter)
1.0 giant rock on left with cave beneath
1.1 bridge
1.3 bridge
1.5 bridge
1.6 overhang on left right beside trail (good rain shelter)
steep steps
1.8 patch of purple trillium
wooden stairway
2.3 turn right on old roadbed
2.4 Chimneytop Gap (F. Van Clayton road)


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