Thompson River & Hilliard Falls pools - Sat, Jun 16 2018

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Thompson River & Hilliard Falls pools

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Bad Creek Rd, Salem, SC   Hike: Thompson River & Hilliard Falls pools  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 16 2018  6:30 am >> Sat, Jun 16 2018 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, May 21 2018 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jun 15 2018 6:00 am
Event Duration:9 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This is a nice warm weather hike as it passes over 2 water sources. At the 3.5 mile mark the trail crosses the Thompson River. We will stop there & rock-hop & cool our feet. Then we have a 400 foot climb to a ridge top before descending to the spur trail for Hilliard Falls. You can walk or swim under the falls, which descends into 3 pools.
There are a couple of good climbs so you will appreciate the water when you get there.

This is on the easier end of a D5 and we will keep a moderate to fast pace, but stop and enjoy the water by the falls and perhaps Thompson River as the group decides.

Dogs must be on leash at all times and not interfere with other hikers or dogs.

Note: The trip leader may contact you to determine your fitness level.  The trip leader reserves the right to remove anyone from the list who they fell cannot handle this trip.

 Thanks to Beth H for this write up!

Required Items to Bring:

Water - if you have a filter this is an ideal hike to bring it on.


$ for carpool

Change of clothes and shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Waterproof boots

water shoes

bathing suit


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Sugarloaf travel I-85 North approx 71 miles to SC 11 (Exit 1).

Go North on SC 11 approx 32 miles  and then turn left on to SC 130. 

After about 10 miles look for the entrance of the Duke Power Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station on the right. (If you see the North Carolina State line you missed it).

Go through the guard gate and drive 2 miles following the signs for the Foothills Trail. 

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):235Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $94.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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