Join Conserving Carolina on a spring hike along the Foothills Trail

Published 10:24 am Wednesday, March 9, 2022

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Join Conserving Carolina on Friday, March 18, for a 7.1-mile, moderate, out and back hike along the Foothills Trail in the Jocassee Gorges Management Area in South Carolina. Conserving Carolina’s southeast stewardship manager, Pam Torlina, will lead the hike.


Hikers will travel along the Foothills trail, paralleling Laurel Creek, crisscrossing it at times, before reaching an 80-foot high waterfall near the shores of Lake Jocassee, Laurel Fork Falls. There may also be the opportunity to see the rare Oconee Bells (Shortia galacifolia) in bloom!

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Pre-registration is mandatory, and space is limited to 20 participants. To RSVP and sign up, visit Conserving Carolina’s website calendar event at

If you are interested in attending the hike on March 18, meet at Ironwood Square, Conserving Carolina’s office, 847 Case Street, Hendersonville, NC, at 8:30 a.m. to check in, arrange carpooling, and start the approximately 40-minute drive to the trailhead. If you’re coming from an area closer to the trailhead, please contact Pam Torlina to make other meeting arrangements. Hikers should be prepared to return to the area in the mid-afternoon.

For your safety, do not attempt any hike beyond your ability and experience. Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear; bring a bag lunch and/or snack and plenty of water. Please be sure to bring any personal medication that you may require. 

In case of inclement weather, please contact Pam Torlina by email at: pam@conservingcarolina by 8:00 on the day of the hike and/or check the Conserving Carolina website ‘calendar’ and/or Facebook page to see if the hike will take place. 

The next hike of the Spring Hiking Series will take place on March 18.  The group will head to the Dupont State Recreational Forest for a 5.3 mile, moderate, loop hike that includes views of Fawn Lake and Lake Julia.

Conserving Carolina, your local land trust, works to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of nature. Learn more and become a member at


Submitted by Pam Torlina