# 23 - Cooks Creek Valley
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.
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.
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!
It's advised to wear "hunter's orange" or other bright colored clothing during hunting season.
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 Point: Hell 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.