# 23 - Cooks Creek Valley 

 Rated: Moderate 

 7.2 miles, round-trip, out-and-back hike 

 

 Part of the Francis Marion National Forest's 

 Jericho Horse Trail, this interesting trek 

 takes the family hiker from Yellow Jacket Rd. 

 to Hell Hole Rd. Most of the hike follows the 

 wide Cooks Creek Valley. The trail is a mix 

 of pine forest and some bottomland/swamp 

 habitat around the Forest Rd. 165 area. Take 

 your time and look around. You'll discover lush, 
-green valleys, wildflowers in spring and summer, 
-and a pretty little pond with water lilies. This 
-hiking route has a lot of variety in every season. 

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 Allowed 

 on leash 

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Difficulty:  Moderate, but only due to distance. 

Distance:  7.2 miles, round-trip, out-and-back hike.

Time:  2.5 - 3.5 hours.

Trail Surface:  Dirt and pine covered, forest service road, some wet/muddy areas.

Trail Marker:  Blue blazes on trees, and good signage on the trail. 

Jericho Horse Trail Map:  Click HERE (this route follows trail between FR 158 and FR 159).

Crowds:  Light.

Fees/Permits:  None.

Precautions:  Biting insects can be formidable in the warmer months. Bring insect repellent. This area is wet

nearly year-round. You might get your shoes wet/muddy. IMPORTANT: Hikers must yield to horseback

riders. Step off the trail and stop!

Yellow Jacket Rd. Trailhead / Beginning of Hike:  Yellow Jacket Rd., Huger, SC 29450. GPS: 33.162100, -79.753267

or 33°09'43.6"N 79°45'11.8"W.  Note: the GPS coordinates are the best find to locate the trailhead.

Hell Hole Rd. Trailhead / End of Hiking Route / Turn-Around PointHell Hole Rd., Huger, SC 29450.

GPS: 33.186617, -79.753133 or 33°11'11.8"N 79°45'11.3"W.

Contacts:  Francis Marion National Forest 843-336-2200.

Weather on the Trail:  Click HERE

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