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Hiking the Gorges

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(Saturdays) November-2024 to March-2025

Senior Ages 65+
Adult Ages 16 - 64
Rental Gear

Explore the awe-inspiring beauty of Jocassee Gorges in SC and NC!

Naturalist-led guided hikes across the Jocassee Gorges

Section-hike the Foothills Trail with experienced guides who have a passion for leading adventurists through the Jocassee Gorges. Five hike options cover distances between 5 miles and 8.6 miles. Price includes a Jocassee Wild Naturalist guide certified in wilderness first aid and CPR, and pontoon and/or car shuttles to and from the trailheads. Daypacks and hiking poles are also available to rent. Join us!

Trek #1 – Laurel Fork Falls to Laurel Valley = 8.1 miles (Approx. 6 – 7 hours)

Moderate – Just before the Laurel Fork Falls, a spur trail leads to the Foothills Trail. The trail passes Laurel Fork & Virginia Hawkins Falls and crisscrosses Laurel Fork Creek (Leave the dock at 8:30 | Pick up at Laurel Valley at 4:00)

Trek #2 – Laurel Fork Falls to Canebrake = 5.8 miles ( Approx. 3.5-4 hours)

Strenuous – This trail is rugged and beautiful. There are steep ascents and descents, as well as spectacular views of Jocassee. (Leave the dock at 8:30 | Pick up at Canebrake at 2:45)

Trek #3 – Canebrake to Horsepasture = 7.8 miles (Approx. 5 – 6 hours)

Strenuous – This part of the Foothills Trail is wooded and crosses many streams with steep ascents and descents (Leave the dock at 8:30 | Pick up at Horsepasture at 3:00)

Trek #4 – Horsepasture to Bad Creek = 8.6 miles (Approx. 6 – 7 hours)

Strenuous – This section of the trail also has great views of Jocassee and is rugged with many ascents and descents. (Leave the dock at 8:30 | Pick up at Bad Creek Hydro at 4:00)

Trek #5 – Canebrake to Frozen Creek Access = 5 miles (Approx. 3 – 4 hours)

Moderate to Strenuous – This is a spur trail off the Foothills Trail starting near the Toxaway Bridge. It is a steep climb up through the Jocassee Gorges toward Lake Toxaway (NC Hwy. 64). (Leave the dock at 8:30 | Pick up at Frozen Creek Access at 1:00)

Learn more about the Foothills Trail or become a member of the Foothills Trail Conservancy now!

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Lunch or snacks
  • Sun hat, rain jacket or windbreaker
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking poles

What to Wear

  • Please wear comfortable, seasonally appropriate hiking clothes.
  • Hiking shoes