The Foothills Trail - Whitewater Falls to Lower Whitewater and Bad Creek

May 15, 2007

Today's hike was on the Foothills Trail in N.C. and S.C starting at Upper Whitewater Falls to Lower Whitewater Falls and finishing at the Bad Creek Parking lot. This is a partial loop of approx. 6 miles.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Terry Doyle, Bill Hunt, Martha Hunt, Jack Jacobi, Steve Jordan, Wayne Miller, Bob Presley, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Pom Sinnock, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. - This portion of the Foothills Trail is in good condition and the views of the two waterfalls are magnificent. There are a couple of steep climbs but it is not a long hike. Overall difficulty - moderately easy.

Directions: From Seneca SC, take Scenic Highway 11 past Tamassee, to Salem, SC continue to the intersection SC 11 and SC 130. Turn left onto 130 and drive approx. 10 miles. Look for the entrance to the Whitewater Falls Recreation Area and parking lot. Alternate parking for a shorter hike to the lower falls is at the Bad Creek Project parking lot (access trail to the Foothills trail).

Another great day for a hike! Sunny and mild. Temperatures from the upper 50's to low 70's.

Hiking distance - approx. 6 miles

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Mountain Laurel, Sweet White Violet, Galax, Ragwort, Partridge Berry, Devil's Bit, Tall Bluet, Yellow Star Grass, Rattlesnake Weed, Blackberry, Squaw Root, Indian Physic, Indian Cucumber Root, Dandelion, Blue Eyed Grass, Wood Sorrel, Lobelia, Venus Looking Glass

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Titmouse, Red Eyed Vireo, Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Acadian Flycatcher, Oven Bird, Hooded Warbler, Redstart, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Blue Jay, Pine Warbler, Scarlet Tananger, Crow, Towhee, Yellow Throated Vireo, Brown Thrasher.

Click for movie clip from today's hike!

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Information sign for the Foothills Trail.
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Upper Whitewater Falls (411 ft)
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Great observation platform for the upper falls.
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A tremendous boulder field at the bottom of the falls! .
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The most abundant flower of the day.
Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
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Trail sign at the junction of the Foothills Trail and the Bad Creek access trail.
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The Whitewater River.
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Another great day for a hike!.
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Spectacular Lower Whitewater Falls!
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Another wildflower find: Devil's Bit (Chamaelirium luteum)
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Down below the lower falls, The Whitewater River flows into Lake Jocassee.
This observation point is a half mile below the Bad Creek parking lot.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r kneeling) David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Tony Presley, Donna Presley, Martha Hunt, Bill Hunt (l-r standing) Terry Doyle, Steve Jordan, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Wayne Miller, Bob Presley, Pom Sinnock, Jack Jacobi.


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