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Toxaway River at Gorges State Park. Photo by A. Coburn.
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Bear Activity   

Please use safe practices if you see a black bear while hiking.  
Safe practices are:
Keeping a safe distance away from the bear.
Make loud noises by clapping hands or shouting "hey bear'"
Stay calm by staying still or slowly backing away from the bear, do not run from the bear. 

Please report any bear sightings in the park to park staff at the visitor center. 

 Last updated on: Wednesday, June 16, 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
 

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