Foothills Trail from Chimneytop Gap
to top of Sassafras Mountain

Picture of where fire tower used to be on top of Sassafras Mountain

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Date Hiked: 3/30/91

Length: 5.2 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 2

Blaze: white

Main Features: winter views

Location: near Rocky Bottom, South Carolina

Turn off of highway 178 in Rocky Bottom onto F. Van Clayton Road. Drive 1.3 miles to where the Foothills Trail crosses the road at Chimneytop Gap. Drive 0.1 miles past the trail to the parking area on the left.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 1,250 feet to the top of Sassafras Mountain

0.0 parking area, walk back up the road toward the trail crossing
0.1 turn left onto the Foothills Trail
0.5 boulders on left
0.7 hear waterfall down in rhododendron on right, also winter views to the southeast
0.8 winter views southeast, south, and southwest
1.0 winter views to northeast
1.4 rhododendron thicket
1.5 turn left on old roadbed
1.9 bear right at fork in grassy clearing
2.0 turn left off of old roadbed
large boulder on right
step across stream
2.2 turn right on paved road, walk several yards, turn left off road
2.5 wooden stairway
turn right on grassy road (left is spur to partial views)
2.6 information sign on left
cross paved drive to clearing that used to hold fire tower


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