Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve Trail
This is a moderate 1.7-mile (one way) path that takes you to the Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve. You will also see many wildflowers and some ferns found only in this area of North America. Following the yellow blazes on the trail can be difficult at times, but the end of the trail is well marked with a triple blaze. The trail is fairly easy for most of the way, but drops steeply to the gorge for the last .5-mile. There are switchbacks and stairs to help make the hike a little easier. Following a rain, this section can become very slippery. You will return the same way you came.
DIRECTIONS: To get to the trail from Pickens, SC, take Hwy 178 North past Hwy 11 until you get to a bridge that crosses over the Eastatoe Creek (approximately 1 mile past the Rocky Bottom Community). Cross over the bridge and turn left at the Laurel Valley Lodge sign. Bear to the right onto the unpaved fork (the sign reads Horsepasture Road, but is frequently knocked down). Continue to the Foothills parking area on the left. Follow the yellow blazes for about .1 mile and turn left onto an old logging road marked by a cable gate. Hours are from dawn to dusk. There are no facilities in the preserve. There is camping available at the end of the Eastatoe Creek Trail and along the Foothills Trail.
- US 178N, past Hwy 11, Left on Laurel Valley Lodge
Sunset, SC 29685
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