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Thompson River & Hilliard Falls

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Bad Creek Rd, Salem, SC   Hike: Thompson River & Hilliard Falls  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 10 2018  7:00 am >> Sat, Nov 10 2018 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Nov 5 2018 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 9 2018 11:00 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Nancy L
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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: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This is an in and out hike from the Bad Creek trail access of the Foothills Trail. We will be hiking on the Foothills trail that passes over the Whitewater River and at the 3.5 mile mark the trail crosses the Thompson River. We will stop there for a few moments to enjoy the scenic river and view from the bridge. Then we have a 400 foot climb to a ridge top before descending to the spur trail for Hilliard Falls on Bear Camp Creek. 

There are a couple of good climbs in both directions so we will keep a moderate pace and 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 trail.


Required Items to Bring:

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

Hiking shoes/boots


Money for carpool

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



Watershoes-if the weather is agreeable and you want to play in the water

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: 7:00 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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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.