June 28, 2005
|HIKERS - Phil Brownrigg, Chris Brubaker, Jack Jacobi, Bob Magee, Dick Metzgar, Wanda Miller, Wayne Miller, Bob Presley, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Bob Thompson.
TRAIL INFO. - Today's hike was on the Foothills Trail in South Carolina . Starting at the trail crossing on Fish Hatchery Road north of Walhalla, SC, we hiked down to the Chattooga River and took the short side trail up to Kings Creek Falls.
Total round trip hiking distance - 10 miles
Trail difficulty rating: Moderate with moderate elevation change.
Directions: From Walhalla, drive north on SC 28 for 7.5 miles and veer right onto SC 107. Drive 12 miles and turn left onto Fish Hatchery Road (Oconee County S-37-325). Look for the trail crossing sign shortly after turning onto Fish Hatchery Road.
Another great day for a hike! Partly cloudy and humid with temperatures ranging from the low to the upper 70's.
FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Black-eyed Susan, Whorled Coreopsis, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Tall Bluets, Pippsissawa, Wild Ginger, Large-flowered Rhododendrun, Catawba Rhododendrun, Tea Berry, Whorled Loosestrife, Daisy Fleabane, Mountain Hydrangea.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Birds: Red-eyed Vireo, Pileated Woodpecker, Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ovenbird, Blue Jay, Veery.
Trail sign on Fish Hatchery Rd.
The Foothills Trail led us down to the Chattooga River and King Creek Falls.
We pause here to take a picture of a Rhododendron.
The Rosebay Rhododendrons (Rhododendron maximum) were just beginning to open.
Trail junction for King Creek Falls.
After thunder showers the evening before, the waterfall was roaring!
Lunchtime near Burrell's Ford!
Starting back after lunch.
Water breaks are nice on this humid day!
Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (Kneeling l-r) Wanda Miller and Chris Brubaker. (standing l-r) Jack Jacobi, Doug Russell, Dan Ross, Wayne Miller, Bob Thompson, Phil Brownrigg, Dick Metzgar, Bob Magee, and Bob Presley.