After a restful night on Sassafras Mountain (highest point in South Carolina), my friend Still Waters and I drove over to the Frozen Creek Access Area to begin the second part of the trip- an 18 mile loop through Gorges State Park in North Carolina on the Auger Hole, Foothills, and Canebreak Trails.
I was both suspicious and thrilled that the trailhead was deserted when we arrived. There had to be a good reason for that on a holiday weekend and I figured we'd soon find out.
|Auger Hole Trail.|
|Brief break from the heat at the crossing of the Toxaway River on the Auger Hole Trail.|
|I'm usually sure-footed, but I fell going down this steep part.|
|Bridge over small stream on the Foothills Trail.|
|Morning light at the Toxaway River flowing into Lake Jocassee.|
|The initial steep ascent up the Canebreak Trail, which follows more old roads.|
|Loose gravel make for tough walking on tired feet.|
|The only other footprints on these trails were made my turkeys.|
Backpacker Magazine article.
Meanderthals Trip Report here.