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The Upcountry offers some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the southeast. Some are easily reached while others are hidden away.

 

Waterfalls - The Upcountry South Carolina

Waterfalls in Upcountry South Carolina

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Brasstown Falls
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Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

This easy 20 minute hike is family friendly at only 0.1 miles.  Brasstown Creek tumbles 120 feet in three consecutive drops: Brasstown Cascades--50 feet, Brasstown Veil--35 feet, Brasstown Sluice--35 feet.  The trail... more info...

Bull Sluice
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US 76, Westminster, SC

Bull Sluice is a prominent rapid on the Georgia and South Carolina border on the Chattooga River, which was featured in the film Deliverance. You can often see kayakers and rafters running this dangerous IV+ rapid, which drops 14 feet.... more info...

Carrick Creek Falls
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Table Rock State Park, , SC
864-878-9813

This 15-foot waterfall on Carrick Creek plunges into a deep, inviting pool.  It is an easy 0.2 mile hike on a paved path in Table Rock State Park to reach the falls.  Several other falls can be found along the 2 mile Carrick Creek Nature... more info...

Chau Ram Falls
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Chau Ram County Park, Westminster, SC
864-888-1488

The 40-foot waterfall is made when Ramsey Creek empties into the Chauga River.  This is an excellent location for a family outing as the falls are by the parking area of Chau Ram County Park which has sandy beaches, shelters, camping sites... more info...

Hidden Falls
Oconee State Park, 624 State Park Road, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-5353

This is an excellent hike for all members of the family.  After approximately 1 mile on the Foothills Trail you will see a clearly marked sign directing you to Hidden Falls. Yellow blazes on the trees along the trail provide direction, as you... more info...

Issaqueena Falls
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864-638-4343

It is an easy 10 minute hike to the base of this beautiful falls, named for an Indian maiden who hid on a ledge of the falls to avoid capture as she fled to warn her English lover of an Indian attack.  A well-maintained trail leads from the... more info...

Jones Gap Falls
Jones Gap State Park, 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC 29635
864-836-6115

A moderate one mile hike from near the Jones Gap State Park Headquarters leads to this 50-foot falls descending over a rugged stone staircase.  The trail to the falls follows the boulder-strewn Middle Saluda River, which is in sight most of... more info...

King Creek Falls
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Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

This might be the perfect falls to visit with the whole family.  It is an easy 0.6 mile hike to a picturesque 70-foot waterfall where you feel you could relax all day with your feet in the water.  King Creek topples over a tiered rock... more info...

Laurel Fork Falls
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Lake Jocassee, Devil's Fork State Park, , SC
864-654-6738

This 80-foot high waterfall is located at the head of a narrow cove at the NE tip of the Toxaway River arm of Lake Jocassee.  It can best be reached by a boat launched at the Devil's Fork State Park main boat ramp.  Once you navigate... more info...

Licklog & Pigpen Falls
Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

Less than a mile hike down the Chattooga Trail offers two waterfalls: the two-tiered, 80-foot Licklog Falls and the 25-foot stack of Pigpen Falls.  Licklog Creek tumbles into Pigpen as two long, divided veils which empty into a sandy... more info...

Long Creek Falls
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Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

The path to Long Creek Falls is not an official forest service trail so there may not be permanent markings.  Regardless, this 1.6 mile hike is delightful because of the wildlife and, in the summertime, the abundant wildflowers like violet... more info...

Lower Whitewater Falls
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800-443-5193

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... more info...

Pleasant Ridge Falls
Pleasant Ridge County Park, 4232 Hwy. 11 , Marietta, SC 29661
864-660-1065
Alternate Phone: 864-288-6470

The double tiered falls drops 8 feet, then rambles for 25 feet before plunging 15 feet over the second tier.  It is an easy 0.2 mile hike down the nature trail at Pleasant Ridge County Park to see this picturesque waterfall.  A bench... more info...

Raven Cliff Falls
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Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC 29635
864-836-6115

This 400-foot waterfall of Matthews Creek is one of the most scenic and photographed waterfalls in the state.  It was named for the ravens that breed in the high cliffs forming the falls.  Over 150 species of ravens have been identified... more info...

Reedy Branch Falls

This 30-foot cascade, also known as Burson's Falls, is in a secluded cove but is easily reached with a 300 yard hike down a gravel road.  The Reedy Branch flows over part of a 100-foot wide rock ledge before emptying into the Chattooga... more info...

Reedy River Falls
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S. Main Street & Camperdown Way, Greenville, SC 29602
864-467-4350

The Reedy River flows through Greenville making a spectacular 28-foot drop over the falls in the historic West End District of Greenville.  The falls are the center piece of Falls Park and can best be viewed from Liberty Bridge, a one of a... more info...

Riley Moore Falls
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Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

It may not seem that a 12-foot high waterfall on the Chauga River would be much to see, but then consider its 100-foot span and that it is classified as a Class VI whitewater rapid.  The falls featues a large natural pool and broad rocky... more info...

Rock Quarry Falls
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200 McDaniel Ave., Greenville, SC 29601
864-467-4350

This falls is in a garden and is actually the site of a pre-Civil War granite quarry. You can still see the drill marks on the rocks from when it was a quarry.  The site has been adopted by the Greenville Garden Club and is a popular location... more info...

Spoonauger Falls
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Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

This 50-foot falls, also known as Rock Cliff Falls, is set back into a hillside and surrounded by heavy vegetation as it rushes over a stepped rock face in a broad sheet.  Fed by Spoonauger Creek, the falls is named for the Spoonauger family... more info...

Station Cove Falls
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Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

An easy, 30-minute hike through a beautiful Appalachian cove forest takes you to Station Cove Falls, a stepped 60-foot waterfall.  Station Creek drops from its headwaters atop Station Mountain to eventually form this falls.  It is nearby... more info...

Twin Falls/Eastatoe Falls
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828-859-6745

Though this waterfall goes by many names including Reedy Cove Falls and Rock Falls, once you see it you won't forget it.  70-feet of bare granite and rushing waterfalls make this a beautiful sight.  The left and larger of the falls... more info...

Wildcat Branch Falls
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US 276/SC 11, , SC

This popular waterfall, also known as Wildcat Wayside Falls, can be viewed by everyone as it located roadside on Highway 11.  This 30-foot waterfall is last in a series of three formed by the Wildcat stream.  About 100 feet to the left... more info...

Yellow Branch Falls
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Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

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... more info...

Suggested Listings

Bee Cove Falls
Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

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... more info...

Big Bend Falls
Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

Big Bend Falls gets its name from the hairpin turn in the Chattooga River just above the falls.  You'll find a 30 foot drop which includes a 15 foot block waterfall, the highest single drop on this Wild and Scenic River.  Below the... more info...

Blue Hole Falls
Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

Cedar Creek rushes 75 feet down a narrow gap and into a beautiful blue pool, from which the falls gets its name.  Its described as more of a cascade than a falls, but it surrounded by pristine wilderness.  The half-mile trail to the... more info...

Chauga Narrows
Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664

The fast flowing Chauga River is squeezed into a chute which drops 25 feet over a 200-foot run creating a Class VI rapid.  Fisherman and hikers will enjoy the easy 20-minute walk to the Narrows.  The fishermen will be delighted with the... more info...

Fall Creek Falls
Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

Fall Creek Falls consists of three waterfalls, each roughly 30 to 40 feet high, in a two mile-long stretch. The first falls is just below the west side of FS 722 and the second begins 20 feet after the first one ends. But if you’re planning... more info...

Falls Creek Falls
Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC 29635
864-836-6115

This 125 foot waterfall is often overlooked.  It is only 1.7 miles to the falls, but the trail ascents approximately 600 feet during this strenuous hike.  But the view is worth the effort as this waterfall has a great deal of large flat... more info...

Lee Falls
Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

One of Oconee County’s most scenic waterfall, this 75-foot high falls has no official trail.  But hikers and hunters have been making the difficult, 1.5 mile trip here for hundreds of years. Tamassee Creek feeds the falls and the... more info...

Miuka Falls
Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

Miuka Falls is a 75-foot waterfall located off a spur trail of the popular Winding Stairs Trail. It is an easy, 45-minute hike (1.2 miles) that bustles with birds, small animals and wildflowers beneath a canopy of hardwoods, mostly oaks.  It... more info...

Moonshine Falls
Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC 29635
864-836-6115

This tributary of Matthews Creek gets its name from the illegal activity carried on at the falls.  Old moonshining barrels remain in a cave behind the upper section.  This waterfall plunges like a veil 40 feet over a dark granite cliff,... more info...

Opossum Creek Falls
Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

This falls is very picturesque, but requires a two-hour trek that involves negotiating a few large rocks and trees at the end.  The 50-foot Opossum Creek Falls is at the end of a 2 mile hike along a forest service trail shaded by hardwoods... more info...

Mill Creek drops 100 feet to make this multi-tiered waterfall.  It starts as two tiers but the creek flows around boulders and over rock ledges to make this beautiful falls.  It is a spur trail off the Palmetto Trail that will lead you... more info...

Rainbow Falls
Camp Greenville, 100 Solomon Jones Road, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718
864-836-3647

Plunging over a granite cliff surrounded by granite walls, Rainbow Falls is spectacular.  The 140-foot drop of Cox Camp Creek is breathtaking. Located on Camp Greenville property.  It is a strenuous 45 minute downhill hike to... more info...

Secret Falls
Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568

This falls of Crane Creek is well named and it will become even more secretive over time as the vegetation continues to conceal it.  The waterfall cascades down a hillside in several tiers and flows along a long, narrow granite outcrop... more info...

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