Laurel Valley to Lake Jocassee via Foothills Trail

6 reviews #2 hike out of 35 in
7.2 mi
3 hrs 58 min
1,230 ft
Elev Gain


This is a moderate, one-way route on the Foothills Trail from Laurel Valley Access to Laurel Fork Falls in South Carolina. This is section A4 to A5 of the FHT:

The trail is in good condition and mostly moderate, with a few steep sections of steps. There are many nice bridges over water crossings, and none are difficult. This trail goes by Virginia Hawkins Falls, Virginia Hawkins Campsite, and Laurel Fork Campsite. The access to Lake Jocassee is only a short distance past Laurel Fork Campsite, on a spur trail off the FHT.

Note that the Trailhead at Lake Jocassee can only be reached by boat. This hike is generally done as an in-and-out or as part of a longer hike.

Getting Started

There is a well maintained gravel parking lot at the kiosk at Laurel Valley Access. This is about 1/2 mile up Horse Pasture Rd from Hwy 178.

Taking Children

This is a fine trail for all ages.

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    1 year, 3 months ago
    Great 8 mile hike to Jackie's Branch campsite. The campsite is unmarked but right behind the sign posted above. Only 100 yrds from the lake and a sand beach.
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