This past Saturday, I did a 10.2 mile solo hike in the Sumter National Forest Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area. Established in 1975, the wilderness area encompasses more than 9,000 acres surrounding the point at which the states of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina come together. It also straddles the 15,432 acre Chattooga River Wild… Read More Snow Hiking In The Sumter National Forest Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area
On Friday, I went on a 10.1 mile solo hike in Jones Gap State Park in Upstate South Carolina. The park is 3,964 acres, and together with Caesars Head State Park is part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. There was nobody else around when I arrived and I didn’t encounter any other hikers until… Read More Hiking in Jones Gap State Park
This past Saturday, some companions and I hiked the 9.7 mile section of the Foothills Trail from Sassafras Mountain to Table Rock State Park. At 3,560 feet, Sassafras Mountain is the highest summit in South Carolina. As we drove to the summit, we encountered some heavy fog which limited visibility to maybe 20 – 30 feet… Read More Hiking the Foothills Trail – Sassafras Mountain to Table Rock State Park
This is a wooded trail that starts at Burrels Ford Road and passes north of Fork Mountain. It forms a loop by connecting the Chattooga River Trail to the Fork Mountain Trail. The Fork Mountain Trail takes you to Sloan Bridge. From there, you hike on the Foothills trail back down to Burrels Ford. You… Read More Fork Mountain Trail Loop – 21.7 mile dayhike
This first shot is of Thompson River. A couple of hiking buddies and I went backpacking along the Foothills Trail in NC/SC in early May. On the first day we decided to stop and eat our lunch on a large boulder along the bank of the river. In late May, I did a 15.5 mile… Read More Some Of My Favorite Images From This Year’s Hikes, So Far!