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Yellow Branch Falls


Yellow Branch Falls

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

60 feet of multiple irregular rocky ledges make for a spectacular waterfall, especially after a period of rain.  If it hasn’t rained for some time, the falls may be just a trickle of water over a series of ledges.  It is an hour long moderately difficult hike (1.3 miles) along an easy to follow trail that runs through groves of oak, tulip tree, pine and black gum.  Yellow Branch Falls is located in the Yellow Branch Picnic Area which has several tables and a large shelter with a rock fireplace.  It is a delightful setting surrounded with rhododendron and mountain laurel with a babbling stream flowing through it.  Wear sturdy shoes and use extra caution during wet conditions as this trail skirts the edges of deep ravines.

GPS Waypoints Lat: 34.795017  Lon: -83.13405


1. From Walhalla drive WEST on SC 28 for 6.8 miles and turn LEFT into Yellow Branch Picnic Ground (open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round).

2. Hike in 0.2 mile on the Nature Trail (from either end) to the Yellow Branch Falls Trail.

3. Turn RIGHT onto the Yellow Branch Falls Trail. 

4. Hike 1.1 miles to the falls.


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