Guides for this trip
Difficulty (Please Read)
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Drive or fly into Greenville, SC (GSP). The best time to arrive
is between around Noon-3PM. However, if you can save a substantial
amount on your flight by arriving a few hours earlier or later, then do so.
Call for a free shuttle to
La Quinta Inn & Suites Greenville-Haywood,
65 W Orchard Park Dr, Greenville, SC, 29615-3538, 864-233-8018
Trail mix distribution
Go to REI for last minute equipment if necessary
"Before" measurements taken
Go out for dinner at a local restaurant (Dinner cost not included in trip price)
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Second set of "before" measurements taken
All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in a storage unit.
Free Hotel Breakfast
Check out of hotel
Jocassee Outdoor Center,
516 Jocassee Lake Road, Salem, SC 29676, (864) 944-9016, for boat shuttle to trailhead on upper end of Lake Jocassee.
Begin the hike at Cane Brake
Hike 1.0 mile climbing steadily away from the lake for 600 feet elevation gain, then the trail undulates easily on and off
old logging roads for 4 miles to Bear Creek camp site.
Camp at Bear Creek, elevation 1,700'.
Today’s mileage: 5.3. Total miles: 5.3
Possible bailout: Boat shuttle back to Devil’s Fork State Park.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Hike almost 3 easy miles and descend to the Horsepasture River, crossing the river on a 115 foot bridge.
Climb 2.2 miles out of the Horsepasture River Gorge amidst the rare Oconee Bells which grow in profusion here.
The trail levels off after about one half mile to the Bearcamp Creek campsite.
Camp at Bearcamp Creek, elevation 1,400'
Miles today: 5.2. Total miles: 10.5
Possible bailout options limited
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Follow Bearcamp Creek for 1.0 mile to Hilliard Falls Trail Spur
Day-Hike 0.5 round trip miles to Hilliard Falls
Climb up and over the ridge to the Thompson River. Continue climbing over the ridge to the camp site near the
junction to the spur trail to the Lower Whitewater Falls overlook.
Day-Hike 2.0 round trip miles to Lower Whitewater Falls
Camp at Lower Falls camp site, elevation 2,180'
Miles today: 7.8. Total miles: 18.3
Possible bailout: NC 281
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Hike 0.5 miles to the Whitewater river
The trail follows the Whitewater River upstream for 2.3 miles to the upper Whitewater Falls overlook
After a steep uphill climb, resupply at Whitewater Falls
Cross NC Highway 281 and climb up and over Grassy Knob for 3 miles to Round Mountain Gap
Camp at Round Mountain Gap, elevation 3,200'
Today’s miles: 5.9. Total miles 24.2
Possible bailout: NC Highway 281
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Descend gently for 2.5 miles to SC Highway 107 at Sloan Bridge picnic area
Hike 3.3 easy miles paralleling the East Fork of the Chattooga River and several small waterfalls to
Fish Hatchery Road and the crest of Medlin Mountain
Begin gentle descent of 4.5 miles from Medlin Mountain to Burrell’s Ford Road
Cross the gravel road passing a nineteenth century cemetery and King’s Creek Falls to the
campground at the Chattooga River
Camp at Burrell’s Ford campground. elevation 2,050'
Today’s miles: 10.6. Total miles: 34.8
Possible bailout: NC 281 or SC Highway 107
Friday, April 3, 2015
Hike 8.3 miles downstream mostly paralleling the Chattooga River
Camp at Lick Log Creek campsite, elevation 1,700 ft.’
Today’s miles: 8.3. Total miles: 43.1
Possible bailout: SC Highway 107
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Gently ascend for 2.1 miles to cross SC Highway 107 and around the crest of Dodge Mountain
Trail is gently rolling for next 6 miles to western terminus of the Foothills Trail at Oconee State Park
End of hiking portion
Today’s miles: 8.1. Total miles: 51.2
Check back into
La Quinta Inn & Suites Greenville-Haywood,
65 W Orchard Park Dr, Greenville, SC, 29615-3538, 864-233-8018. We will bring your stuff from the storage unit to the hotel.
After measurements taken
Dinner and awards Ceremony (Dinner cost not included in trip price)
This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at
the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew
and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if
this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
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Free breakfast in Hotel
Check out of Hotel
Take Free Airport Shuttle