Foothills Trail, SC
The 77-mile Foothills Trail follows the Blue Ridge Mountains escarpment through North and South Carolina. The hiking is fairly easy-going — aside from the slog up South Carolina’s highest peak, Sassafrass Mountain — but it’s remote and not uncommon to spot a black bear or bobcat. What really sets the Foothills Trail apart are its raging waterfalls, which are a rarity in the southern Appalachians. The best bite-sized section is Bad Creek Access to Upper Whitewater Falls, an idyllic 5-mile round-trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains that follows the Whitewater River and includes a spur trail to Lower Whitewater Falls.
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