The Foothills Trail follows the Blue Ridge Mountains escarpment, where the mountains meet the valley, through North and South Carolina. Wildlife is abundant, and it’s not uncommon to spot a black bear or a bobcat. But what really sets the Foothills Trail apart is its abundant waterfalls, including one of the highest east of the Mississippi.
“It’s just so beautiful,” says Davis. “Its water features are something you don’t usually experience so frequently on a trail in the southern Appalachians. The Foothill Trail has a long season, too, with hiking 10 to 12 months out of the year.
Time to Complete: 5-10 days
Terrain: Except for the Sassafras Mountain (the highest peak in South Carolina) sections, this is an easy-to-moderate hike.
Best Segment You Can Do In a Day: Bad Creek Access to Upper Whitewater Falls (5 miles round-trip) is an idyllic path in the Blue Ridge Mountains following the Whitewater River; includes a spur trail to Lower Whitewater Falls.
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