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I'm planning to hike the entire Foothills Trail in SC in 6 or 7 days in mid-march this coming spring, and I am debating bringing my dog with me. Neither of us are very experienced hikers, but there is a State Park with 20 miles of connected trails and a couple of other shorter trails near here that I can take him on for us both to get practice. I was wondering, though, just how practical it would be to bring him with me. Is the trail suitable for a dog? Has anyone hiked the trail with dogs? ANy advice here would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Very practical and very suitable. The Gorges section of the Foothills Trail is really remote, though. It's a 40 mile stretch with no real bailout options. I'd say your fine to take your dog, and the trail is not particularly difficult but somewhere like the Appalachian Trail there is more room for error since it's more heavily traveled. If you go, make sure to get this guidebook on the Foothills Trail: