Table Rock State Park to Sassafras Mtn via Foothills Trail (Round Trip)
This is a difficult out and back hike from Table Rock State Park to Sassafras Mountain via the Foothills Trail. (Note: The actual stats for this hike are about 19.6 miles and over 4,000 ft ascent.)
The trail starts with the climb up Pinnacle Mountain, which is the most strenuous of the whole hike. Many pretty sites along the way, including Spring Bluff Falls and Bald Knob, which has some of the best views of the hike. Before reaching the summit of Pinnacle Mtn, follow the Foothills Trail at the junction where it turns to the left. As it descends, be sure to stop for more great views at Drawbar Cliffs.
The Foothills Trail is well-marked, and you will pass two well-appointed campsites (Lighthouse and Cantrell) along the way.
There are moderate climbs up Hickorynut Mountain, and finally to Sassafras Mountain.
Be sure to enjoy the views at the attractive viewing tower at Sassafras Man, the highest point in South Carolina. There is also road access and a parking area at Sassafras, so you can do this as a 1-way shuttle, or someone can meet you with food and water resupply.
If doing the round trip, return the way you came. In general, the return direction is easier, but expect a strenuous climb back up Pinnacle Mountain.
Park at the Table Rock State Park Visitor's Center parking, and the trail begins right at the visitor's center. You must fill out an information card about your hiking party. Also, parking requires an SC State Park parking pass, or pay a fee at the gate.
This trail is excellent for children, if supervised. Wonderful shorter hikes with waterfalls near the trailhead, and the Foothills Trail is very popular for family backpacking trips.