Horse Pasture Road

Pickens, South Carolina (Pickens County)

Last Updated: 06/25/2019
4.5 / 5 ( 15 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 11.68 miles
Highest Elevation: 2292 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Pickens
Nearest Town w/ Services: Pickens
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources


Highlight: Horse Pasture Road
Horse Pasture Road is the eastern entrance of the Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area at Jocassee Gorges, one of the only temperate rain forests in the United States east of the Cascade Mountains. Incredible views overlooking the valleys and clear waters of Lake Jocassee, Horse Pasture Road offers many activities including hunting, camping, bird watching and botanical areas with many hard-to-find species. With access to Jumping-Off Rock, one of the best views in the entire region, and its multiple access points to the 77 mile long Foothills Hiking Trail, Horse Pasture Road is a great trail for a day of activities or just a nice ride though the forest and mountains.


Route Information

Technical Rating

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
This trail starts as a left turn off Highway 178 and heads to the right up the mountain at the immediate fork. The left road at the fork is a short residential road. This is also an access point for the Foothills Hiking Trail.

Directions to Trailhead

From Pickens, South Carolina - head northwest on US-178 for approximately 16.7 miles. Turn left onto Horse Pasture Road.



Land Use Issues

Trail Reviews (19)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Can a canoe be taken into Jocassee via this route?
–Bill (10/13/2018)
–Dave G. (10/13/2018)

Writer Information

Dave G.

Mapping Crew - Georgia

Dave is more of an explorer than a wheeler who loves to find remote locations to hike and kayak fish. Born and raised in Chicago for 21 years before moving to Atlanta, backroads and forests and mountains were a whole new experience and now he just can't get enough. When he's not fishing for stripers on Lake Lanier, you can find him in the mountains of North Georgia, Tennessee or South Carolina exploring and mapping backroads. Just look for the guy with the kayak on the top of the truck!
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