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Bee Cove Falls


Bee Cove Falls

Sumter National Forest
Mountain Rest, SC 29664 | map | directions

It is a difficult two to three hour hike through rough terrain to reach the multi-tiered, stunning Bee Cove Falls.  It drops 40 feet over multiple layers of granite and fans out at the base before it is forced through a sluice to begin the next drop of 30 feet.  It continues on dropping 40 feet and then another 20 feet.  You will approach the falls from above so use caution when you are near.  It's best to descend with the falls on your left.  Hike length is 2 miles.

GPS Waypoints Lat: 34.9744 Lon: -83.0519


1.  From Walhalla drive NORTH on SC 28 for 8 miles to the junction of SC 28 and SC 107, and bear RIGHT (north) onto SC 107.

2.  Drive approximately 12.9 miles to FS 702 and PARK. After Fish Hatchery Road on the left, FS 702 is the second road on the right (east).

3.  Hike the down FS 702 (east) for 1 mile and just after crossing Bee Cove Creek, take the RIGHT fork.

4.  At approximately 0.3 mile you will come to a three way intersection. Take the RIGHT path and pass over a dirt vehicle barrier.

6.  In another 0.1 mile, the road curves left. Take the less defined trail to the RIGHT. There are numerous logs spaced along the trail.

7.  A little less than 0.1 mile this path begins to disappear. A white pine stands near this point on the right with a large, crooked chestnut oak just beyond it. You can hear the falls clearly now. You are within approximately 300 feet of the falls. By following the sound of the water you can find the first cascade. The open woods offer little difficulty to gaining the first cascade, but because of rock outcrops and the steepness of the slope, it is necessary to first work your way down the slope from the end of the path.

8.  Circle to the right, descending toward the sound of the falls. Using the rising sound as a guide, begin ascending through the woods until you are in sight of the first falls. A flat stone boulder at the bottom of this cascade offers an opportunity to enjoy the scenery.

9.  Descending downstream of the creek to the three smaller falls is exceedingly difficult, because rhododendron borders the creek as it flows from the first cascade. Progress here is very slow and you should proceed with caution. 


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