Foothills Trail - Bad Creek - Thompson River

June 10, 2008

Today's hike started at the Bad Creek Project (Duke Power) trail parking lot. We took the connector trail down to the Foothills Trail and hiked to the Thompson River just below the bridge for lunch on the rocks .
Hiking distance approximately 7 miles round trip.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Greta Driggers, Pam Euliss, Phil Evans, Bill Hunt, Jack Jacobi, Deena Johns, Linda Johnson, Bob Magee, Wanda Miller, Wayne Miller, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Joe Raguckas, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Pom Sinnock, Bob Thompson, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - A very nice hike on the Foothills Trail. Trail conditions were mostly good with a couple of fallen trees across the trail. This hike has some serious hills but also some flat sections. The hot weather made it more difficult than normal. Hiking distance approximately 7 miles round trip.

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 and look for the Bad Creek Project on the right. Drive up to the gate and it will open automatically. Drive down this road for a half mile or so and you will see a sign for the Foothills Trail access. Turn left and proceed about a quarter mile to the parking lot.

Another great day for a hike!  Mostly fair and hot as blazes! Temperatures ranged from the upper 70's to the low 90's F.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Rosebud Orchid, Hawkweed, Hairy Skullcap, Mountain Laurel, Carolina Rhododendrun, Rosebay Rhododendrun, Lycopodium, Sweet Azalea, Rattlesnakeweed, Tall Bluet, Common Milkweed, Pipsissawa, Galax, Yellow Star Grass, Blue Star Grass,Mountain Hydrangea, Wild Ginger, Yellowroot, White Sweet Violet, Racemed Milkwort, St. Andrew's Cross and Daisy Fleabane.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Tufted Titmouse, Raven, Robin, Carolina Wren, Towhee, Crow, Oven Bird, Nuthatch, Red Eyed Vireo, Mourning Dove, Summer Tananger, Pileated Woodpecker, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Blue Jay, Black & White Warbler, Red Start, Cat Bird, Pine Warbler, Cardinal, Black Throated Green Warbler, Peewee. OTHER FAUNA: Southern Water Snake

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Parking Lot at Bad Creek.
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Another great day for a hike on the Foothills Trail!
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At the Foothills/Bad Creek junction. We are headed for the Thompson River.
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Hairy Skullcap (Scutellaria elliptica)
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Arriving at the Thompson River we see the huge boulders everywhere! .
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The Thompson River Foot-bridge.
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A great place for lunch on the rocks.
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A good place for food, conversation and relaxation.
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Peaceful and relaxing........
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We are reluctant to leave....
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Cool, clean, beautiful!
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We found a new (for us) wildflower. A Rosebud Orchid (Cleistes bifaria).
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Tony Presley, Wanda Miller, Donna Presley, Geri Whitaker, David Whitaker and Bill Hunt. (l-r standing) Bob Magee, Doug Russell, Jack Jacobi, Pam Euliss, June Bellamy, Deena Johns, John Bellamy, Greta Driggers, Bob Thompson, Vic Robson, Pom Sinnock, Linda Johnson, Wayne Miller, Carole Wintle, Joe Raguckas, Phil Brownrigg, Phil Evans and Dan Ross.


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