The Thompson River - Foothills Trail- SC/NC - May 4, 2010

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 7.2 miles round trip.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Pam Euliss, Dave Hinson, Bill Hunt, Rachel Klein, Dick Metzgar, Bruce O'Connor, Jeanne O'Connor, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, Lynne Saporito, David Whitaker and Geri Whitaker.

TRAIL INFORMATION - This portion of the Foothills Trail has some very significant hills on a well-maintained path. A very nice destination of the beautiful boulder-filled Thompson River. There are lots of nice wildflowers and views.

Today's hiking distance - 7.2 miles with large elevation changes - somewhat strenuous.

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 if it is not already open. 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! Partly to mostly sunny and warm. Temperatures ranged from 62 to 78 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Blackberry, Dewberry, Witch Hobble, Black Locust, Purple Violet, Birdfoot Violet, Sweet White Violet, Dog Hobble, Catesby's Trillium, Jack-in-Pulpit, Star Chickweed, Cinquefoil, Lizard's Tail, Golden Alexander, Rattlesnake Weed, Yellow Star Grass, Robin's Plantain, Solomon's Seal, Twistedstalk, Canada Lily, Mountain Laurel, Dwarf Iris, Solomon's Plume, Yellowroot, Bluet, Wild Ginger, Cross Vine, Toad Flax and Hop Clover.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Yellow Breasted Chat, Yellow Billed Cuckoo, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Cardinal, Hooded Warbler, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Oven Bird, Towhee, Red Eyed Vireo, Black Throated Green Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Crow, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Black Capped Chickadee, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Flicker, Summer Tananger, Blue Jay, Pine Warbler, Red Winged Blackbird, Cedar Waxwing, Kentucky Warbler, American Redstart.

OTHER FAUNA: Gartersnake, Blacksnake, Ring-necked Snake and Blue-tailed Skink.

scroll down for photos.......



pic2
The Bad Creek Trail access parking lot.
pic3
Crossing the Whitewater River.
pic4
The Whitewater River.
pic4
Trail sign at the Whitewater River and Bill Hunt's grandaughter!
pic5
Some of today's wildflowers (top left then clockwise)
Rattlesnake Weed, Dwarf Crested Iris, Yellow Stargrass, Mountain Laurel.
pic6
Another great day for a hike!
pic7
The boulder-filled Thompson River.
pic8
Footbridge over the Thompson River.
pic7
Lunchtime on the Thompson River!
pic10
Lots of nice river views along this hike.
pic11
Looking back up toward Lower Whitewater falls from the park south of the trailhead.
pic12
Looking over Lake Jocassee from the park.
pic12
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Bill Hunt, Dick Metzgar, June Bellamy, John Bellamy, Geri Whitaker, Bruce O'Connor, Dan Ross, Rachel Klein, Jeanne O'Connor, Pam Euliss, Dave Hinson, Lynne Saporito, Vic Robson, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers and David Whitaker.

click below for more photos!
Bad Creek-Thompson River 5-4-10



back to Hike Reports        OR        back to Tony's Hiking Page.