Whitewater Falls consist of an upper and lower section and is the highest series of falls in eastern North America. It is one of the most visited and photographed falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Lower Falls is located 0.5 mile down the Whitewater River from the Upper Falls (which is in North Carolina). The Lower Falls is a dramatic 200-foot drop, which can best be viewed from an observation platform at the end of a 1.9 mile trail. By the time Whitewater River charges into Lake Jocassee, it has plummeted more than 700 feet in just over half a mile.
GPS Waypoints Lat: 35.0161 Lon: -82.9929
1. From Walhalla, drive NORTH on SC 11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway) for 14 miles and turn LEFT onto SC 130.
2. Drive NORTH on SC 130 for 10.5 miles and turn RIGHT (east) at the entrance to Duke Power's Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station.
3. Pass through the automatic gate. (Entrance onto the property is allowed only during daylight hours. Exiting through this gate is allowed at all hours.)
4. Drive approximately 2 miles to the parking area for the Foothills Trail/Whitewater River and PARK. (This is a lighted parking lot with a public telephone and portable toilets.)
5. From the trailhead at the far end of the parking area follow the blue blazes of the Lower Whitewater Falls overlook spur. At 0.6 mile the spur will cross over the Whitewater River.
6. Turn RIGHT (northeast). At this point the trail is joined with the Jocassee Gorges Segment of the Foothills Trail bound for Laurel Valley. (The Foothills Trail is marked with white blazes.)
7. When the trail intersects a gravel road, follow the gravel road briefly (about 200 yards) and then resume your hike on the trail. A blue blaze and an arrow sign on the right point the way.
8. Continue to the overlook.
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