Table Rock State Park to Sassafras Mtn via Foothills Trail (Round Trip)

2 reviews #7 hike out of 35 in
18.5 mi
8 hrs 50 min
2,316 ft
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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.

Getting Started

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.

Taking Children

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.

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Frank Erk 1 year, 6 months ago
Sassafras-Table Rock hike 6-6-22
A great hike with a friend who finished his goal of hiking all of the Foothills trail. Trail conditions dry, perfect temperature for late spring hiking, and almost all downhill;-)
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Jerry Ellsworth 5 years, 8 months ago
20 m Training Hike - TRSP to Sassafras
Distance is a bit low. Per signs and previous hikes, total distance should be about 19.6 miles.
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