Hi all, I am planning a trip to Jocassee Gorges or somewhere in the Chattahoochee National Forest in South Carolina. The weather will be an average high of 55 degrees and a low of 35 at night, so it will be a little chilly but not to bad. Here is the link to the hike.
I am hoping to do this on Martin Luther King weekend seeing as I am living in Boston and need to take plane to charlotee NC. I will then drive 2 hours south to the trail head.
If you are interested please let me know and we talk further! Also if you are thinking about a destination hike around the same time or your based out of new england, leave a comment. I am always looking for new trips! I wish I had the opportunity to take a month off like some of you on this forum but I just can't take that type of time off from work.
So as of right now I am planning on entering from Table Rock and exiting at Bad Creek (West to East). It will be about 55 miles. I am looking forward to it. My usual stomping grounds are in the North East, so I am looking forward to some new scenery!
Be prepared for temps ranging from sub-freezing (20ish) all the way to low 60's. Any given week you could encounter either one. Make sure to get a copy of the Foothills Trail Map or guidebook (Google Foothills Trail Conference, that will get you where you need to be). Make sure to take time to take a look at Laurel Fork Falls and Virginia Hawkins Falls. Of the two, Laurel Fork is the more impressive. Depending on the water level in Lake Jocassee, you may be able to walk to the base of Laurel Fork Falls by taking the spur trail down to the lake access. The campsites above Laurel Fork Falls are excellent. There are great spots along the lake once you decend on your approach to the Toxaway River if you plan to get a good night's sleep before begining the gorges. Once you cross the suspension bridge over the Toxaway you get into the constant up and down of the gorges. They are a pleasant kick in the butt after the flats along the lake. As you near the Bad Creek Project you will see a spur trail to the Lower Whitewater Falls Overlook, this is definitely worth the detour. Make sure to contact the Bad Creek Project to let them know you'll be leaving a car there (unless you're arranging for a shuttle). Once off the trail, make sure you take the short trip to the upper overlook for Whitewater Falls (take a left out of Bad Creek Project and you can't miss it just up the road).
Well, even if I am unsuccessful in finding a hiking partner for this trip, at least I was able to get some great information about the trail! I actually grabbed the guide book last week and I think I am going to get the trail map as well because the maps in the guide book aren't super informative.
I appreciate all the information! Are you from the carolinas?