Starting from the
parking area you will hike on the Foothills Trail to a sign
with a rust colored arrow that clearly shows the direction to Tamassee
Knob. This strenuous, well-maintained 2.1-mile, out and back trail
provides you with scenery that is well worth the effort. Magnificent
views are available in every direction. Mountain laurel and
rhododendron engulf the edges of the trail, along with wild
strawberries, Solomon’s seal, beggar lice, and a variety of asters.
The trees that provide shade along the trail include dogwood, black
oak, chestnut, hemlock, black locust, and redbud. Watch your step
along the trail, because at times it falls off sharply on both sides.
Once you reach the Knob, you will be swept away by the breathtaking
sites of the undulating hills of the Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. At
the pinnacle of the trail rests a perfect boulder that can be used for
a natural picnic table. You will find this a fulfilling three-hour
escape from the noisy world beyond the captivating hills that surround
Walhalla, drive northwest on SC 28 for approximately 7.5 miles and
bear right onto SC 107. Continue on SC 107 to Oconee State Park and
enter the park. After the Fee Station turn right and drive to a small
parking area on the right, just beyond the entrance to Cabin Area
14-20. The trailhead (on the left) is at the Foothills Trail sign.
Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at
to make your reservations today!
Park, 624 State Park Road, Mountain Rest, SC, 29664,
August 8, 2006
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