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Toxaway River at Gorges State Park. Photo by A. Coburn.
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Current status of park facilities   

Hiking trails are open, please exercise caution on park roads and trails with the changing winter weather conditions. 

The picnic shelters are not currently available for reservations.

The visitor center and restrooms are open, but the exhibit area, classroom, and auditorium remain closed. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

Chestnut Mountain Road will be Closed from January 16th - March 9th 2021 for Road Repairs. 

All campsites are open. Raymond Fisher primitive tent campsites can be reserved online or campers can bring exact change ($15 per night per site) and register in-person at the trailhead. Other backcountry campsites are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

If you have any questions, contact the park office at (828) 966-9099.

 Last updated on: Monday, February 22, 2021

Foothills Trail

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The Foothills Trail is a 76-mile (122 km) National Recreation Trail trail in South and North Carolina, United States, for recreational hiking and backpacking. It extends from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park. It passes through the Andrew Pickens Ranger District of the Sumter National Forest, Ellicott Rock Wilderness, Whitewater Falls, and Lake Jocassee. The part of the trail in Gorges State Park travels through the southern back country before it wraps around Lake Jocassee and crosses a long suspension bridge to where primitive campsites are available.

 

Trail Location: 
The trailhead is located at the Frozen Creek access area in Rosman on Frozen Creek Road.
Trail Length: 
6.70 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
strenuous hike
Trail Use: 
Hiking
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
white slash

Map of North Carolina – Gorges State Park


Contact the park
 

828-966-9099

gorges@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Visitor center

976 Grassy Ridge Road
Sapphire, NC 28774

GPS: 35.0960, -82.9510

 

Frozen Creek access

Frozen Creek Road
Brevard, NC 28712

GPS: 35.1086, -82.8837
 

Hours
 

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  • 7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • 8:00am to 6:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day