Foothills Trail, SC / Fall Foliage
The wild and beautiful
is a little known gem of a trail tucked up in the northwest corner of South Carolina. Despite its lack of notoriety,
the October 2010 issue of
listed the Foothills Trail as one of the ten best long trails
in the country (50+ miles). This designation puts the Foothills Trail in the company of the Appalachian Trail,
the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and other better known trails.
Furthermore, National Geographic named the Jocassee Gorges one of “50 of the World’s Last Great Places”.
The route we’re planning goes through the heart of the Jocassee Gorges area.
Here is a link to the article
This is Fall Foliage season in SC. Why not come with us to enjoy the wild and beautiful landscape of the Foothills Trail?
At the same time, you'll lose some weight or more accurately improve your body composition in the process.
The Foothills Trail Fitpacking Trip will be from October 19-27, 2013. Here is the
Your hike will cover a 50 mile segment of the Foothills Trail, starting from 411' tall Whitewater Falls.
We will traverse several major rivers, summit Sassafras Mountain (the highest point in South Carolina @ 3554') and finish
at spectacular Table Rock, which at 3300' offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. In the middle section, you
can wet a hook (or yourself) in the (possibly) cold waters of Lake Jocassee.
The Foothills trail is well marked and well maintained by a large group of volunteers. Water is abundant from the
many headwaters that feed into the four major river systems the trail traverses.
Because of these niceties, as well as fewer and more gradual elevation changes and solid footing, this trip
is rated moderately difficult.
Weather is always an important consideration when backpacking. Fortunately, the end of October on the Foothills Trail
usually finds temperatures ranging between 40F to 72F with low humidity. Please come prepared for the possibility of
freezing temperatures at night and rain.
Here is the
historical October weather
lives in Columbia, SC and is a Wilderness Medicine certified Wilderness First Responder and a Leave No Trace Master Educator.
He is a long-time Scoutmaster and maintains a section of the 76 mile-long Foothills Trail in South and North Carolina.
2nd Guide to be one of:
lives in Roswell, GA and thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in
2008 (Trail Name: Jukebox). He guided the 2010 Shenandoah National Park, the 2011 100 Mile Wilderness and
the 2011 AT Primer Fitpacking trips.
lives in Hull, MA and has many years of backpacking experience over a variety of terrains and guides most
Fitpacking trips. He is a SOLO certified Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace
Trainer, and Certified Food Handler.
Here is a
list of equipment
we suggest you bring.
The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you
from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from
It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us
know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of
our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to
discuss any gear with us before the trip.
We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding activity.
You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often, so it's important
to have fuel to feed it. Please check out the
is not comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. If you want to bring personal food, say a 5 pound chocolate cake, go for it.
You'll not only hate carrying it over 50 miles through the Foothills, your body will reject the empty calories and prefer
$1050 per person. This includes 2 nights in a hotel near the airport, ground transportation to/from the trail,
all meals eaten on the trail, permits, fees and 2 awesome guides.
Any restaurant meals eaten off the trail are your responsibility. This generally means
2 dinners as our hotel may provide breakfast or any parking charges for leaving your car at the hotel all week./p>