There is something mesmerizing about hundreds of thousands of gallons of pure, clear water tumbling over a fall. Whether it is a lazy waterfall or a tumultuous torrent, waterfalls are as beautiful as they are fascinating. We have many, many waterfalls in the Lake Hartwell area. Each with their own unique character and charm. We invite you to visit them all and be reminded of the power and beauty of nature.
If you like to see waterfalls then you’re in for a treat. The upcountry has so many waterfalls that there is even a book entitled The Waterfalls of South Carolina; check out www.sctrails.net/Trails/ALLTRAILS/waterfalls/Waterfalls for more information. If waterfalls are your thing you may want to stay near Walhalla or Westminster because of their proximity to many waterfalls. The waterfalls are so very different in height and form. Also you have your choice of no hike, a short walk or a very strenuous hike to get to them. No hike is needed to see Issaqueenna Falls (near Walhalla). Brasstown Falls (west of Westminster) and Chauga Narrows (north of Walhalla) are short, fairly easy hikes. A moderate hike can get you to Blue Hole Falls (North of Walhalla). Bee Cove Falls and Big Bend Falls are both north of Walhalla and require a long difficult hike.
|Georgia Toccoa Region|
Anna Ruby Falls
Take Hwy 75 North from Helen
Only a .5 mile easy paved hike to the double falls overlook. From here you can also hike the more difficult Smith Creek Trail this which is 4.6 miles one way to Unicoi State Park’s Little Creek campground (it is easier to hike down from Anna Ruby to Unicoi).
Tallulah Falls, GA
Tallulah Falls has been called the Niagara Falls of the south because it was named after the waterfalls that cascade through a gorge. Visitors have been coming to see the falls since 1819.
at Toccoa Falls College Campus
325 Chapel Dr.
Toccoa Falls, GA 30598
Off Hwy 17 North of Toccoa
$ 1, Open Mon. – Sat. 8:30 – 6:00 pm, Sun. 12:00 – 5:00 pm
186 foot high waterfall, which is higher than Niagara Falls, and is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, short path to the falls is handicapped accessible
|South Carolina Clemson Region|
Falls Park at the Reedy River
Open year round 7am to 9pm (during daylight savings time until 10pm.)
Enter Greenville on I-385 continue into the city, turn left onto South Main Street, drive to Falls Park at the Reedy River, which will be on the left. The trailhead is at the parking area. This park has paved and handicapped accessible trails.
The easy 1/2 mile walking trail has a series of loops, a wonderful large curved pedestrian suspension bridge and waterfalls. The park has historical markers that detail the history of Greenville. Public restrooms are available.
Sumter National Forest|
112 Andrews Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-9568 (office open Mon. – Fri., 8-12/12:30-4:30 Hiking/riding trails, fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking and rafting. 15 waterfalls, see website or get a map of the area to locate the trails that will lead to some of them. 350 miles of hiking trails are in this forest. Bikes are also allowed on some trails.
Issaqueenna Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel
206 N. Church St.
I-85 exit 1 to SC 11, then SC 28 or from Walhalla drive West 6.9 miles on SC 28. Look for park signs.
Free, Open daily 10am – 5pm, except Christmas Day or during inclement weather
Take a flashlight and explore the long dark and a little wet Stumphouse Tunnel whose inside temperature is 56 degrees and it has 85% humidity year round. It’s a nice break from the summer heat. It’s fun, a little spooky, watch your step and don’t wear nice shoes. The tunnel was started by the Blue Ridge Railroad and was left uncompleted around the time of the Civil War.
You can walk or drive a short way to the top of Issaqueenna Falls. Take an easy, very short walk to see the lovely 200 foot cascade. A hike to the bottom of the falls is a little steep, watch your step! There is a picnic area and another hiking trail. Port-a-lets are available.
Lower Whitewater Falls
From Walhalla, drive north on Hwy 11, take a left on SC 130 to the entrance to this Duke Power’s Station
Moderate one hour hike
From Westminster, drive west on US 76 for 12 miles, turn left on Brasstown Falls Rd (S-37-48), drive 4.2 miles, turn right onto FS 751, drive .5 mile and park. Follow path past barricade on FS 751, follow small path on right and any trail that branches off will lead to the falls and calm pool.
Triple cascade of falls that flows more then 120 feet, the hike to the falls is moderate and only takes about 20 minutes. There is a calm swimming hole at the bottom of the falls in case you’d like a dip.
Chau Ram County Park
1220 Chau Ram Park Road
Westminster, SC 29693
7 AM until Dark
7am to dusk
On Chauga River, 40 foot waterfall, suspension bridge, swimming, picnicking, hiking, biking, tubing, canoeing, kayaking (four major sets of rapids lie within the park waters), fishing and camping.