Eastatoe Gorge Trail
to the Foothills Trail, the Eastatoe Trail is a great short hike
Foothills Trail is an 80 mile trail in South Carolina that travels
through one of the more biologically diverse region in the Southeast.
The variety of plant life is astounding and is immediately noticeable
to any that hike here. The trail follows the base of the Blue
Ridge Mountains, known locally as the "Blue Wall", along
the North Carolina border. Because the elevation changes 3 to 4000
feet in just a few miles, there are many gorges filled with waterfalls
here. We're looking forward to sharing our favorite hikes
in this area.
following is a short hike to a campsite that is perfect for a winter
Eastatoe Creek Trail
Creek Trail is a 2.5 mile trail. The trail-head starts at the
parking area of the Laurel Fork Creek section of the foothills trail.
Three sets of vertical yellow blazes mark the beginning of the trail.
Follow the old logging road slightly uphill around a gate. Follow
the yellow blazes along the old logging road for about an eighth
of a mile, the trail bears to the left off of the logging road.
The trail is now on an old roadbed which is somewhat level, it has
a lot of turns be sure to check the yellow blazes.
At about the half way point the trail starts downhill at the Eastatoe
The rest of the way is downhill. You will cross a few footbridges
and go down a few steps.
The trail dead ends at a large camping area right on the creek.
There are several fire-rings and lots of downed limbs for fire wood.
If you proceed past the established trail end, there are some beautiful
waterfalls and whitewater.
the intersection with Hwy 11, drive north on US 178 to the bridge
over Eastatoe Creek (approximately one mile past the community of
Rocky Bottom). Cross the bridge and turn left at the Laurel Valley
Lodge sign. Immediately bear right onto the unpaved fork and continue
to the Foothills Trail parking area about 0.3 mile on the left.
Park here, and hike another 0.2miles up the unpaved road. The Eastatoe
Creek Trail-head will be on your left.
From Pickens, SC, drive north on US 178 to the
bridge over Eastatoe Creek (approximately one mile past the community
of Rocky Bottom). Cross the bridge and turn left at the Laurel Valley
Lodge sign. Bear right onto the unpaved fork (The road sign reads
Horsepasture Road, but the sign is frequently knocked down.) and
continue to the Foothills Trail parking area on the left. Follow
the yellow blazes on trees for about 0.1 mile and turn left (south)
onto an old logging road marked by a cable gate
Highway 178. Rocky Bottom, S.C
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