Most people don’t realize that in our beautiful state of South Carolina there are waterfalls to be seen. They know that there are miles of beaches and they know that there are mountains, but most never think about the waterfalls. In fact, South Carolina has quite a few of them. Sure, they are in the upstate, but everyone needs a break once in a while and these are worth your while!
1. Bee Cove Falls
Near Mountain Rest, SC, off a slightly beaten path and a moderate hike, you will come across this beautiful site.
2. Big Bend Falls
This waterfall is only accessed after a demanding hike, but if you are up for it the reward will be amazing.
3. Brasstown Falls
This is a hidden gem and if you plan on viewing this one in person be prepared for an hour or more of climbing up and down the gorge. Take plenty of energy bars!
4. Carrick Falls
Well known to be an easily accessible waterfall with only a 0.2 mile hike along a paved road in Table Creek State Park. This would be a great waterfall to bring the whole family and a picnic basket for a day of fun and relaxation.
5. Chauga Narrows
Found in Oconee County, this waterfall is a fisherman's paradise and a hiker's delight!
6. Fall Creek Falls
Home to 3 waterfalls in one, this gorgeous vision will take a moderately experienced hiker and approximately 2 hours of your time. Definitely wear those hiking boots because you will be battling some rhododendron thickets that cover the area.
7. Hidden Falls
Clearly marked and easily found, this waterfall should definitely be on your must-see list. The park has also provided aptly placed benches so that you can take off your boots and dip your toes in the cool, crisp waters.
8. Issaqueena Falls
Not just a magnificent waterfall, but a beautiful legend goes with it as well. It is said that it is named for an Indian maiden who risked her life to save the life of white settlers.
9. King Creek Falls
Found in the Sumter National Forest, this waterfall should be a 'to-do' on your list. It is a short half mile hike and great for all ability of hikers. What's even better than a waterfall after a hike? There is a small 'beach' for you to enjoy as well!
10. Laurel Fork Falls
There are 2 ways to reach this waterfall: The easy way or the hard way. The easy way is by boat over the Lake Jocassee. The hard way is an 8.1 mile hike. Part of the hike is made of wooden stairs and steel cables courtesy of Duke Power, but that is only part. So, if you attempt this one make sure you bring someone with you. It would be a great couples hike.
11. Lee Falls
Located deep in a hardwood forest in Oconee County, this waterfall has been called the most scenic waterfall in Oconee County.
12. Licklog and Pigpen Falls
Don't let the names fool you because as you can see these waterfalls have nothing to do with their names, and with such an easy hike of approximately 30 minutes you can definitely take the whole family for a day outing.
13. Long Creek Falls
Ready to go for a scavenger hunt? There is no official or permanent markings so you have to carefully follow directions to find this gem!
14. Moonshine Falls
Better take a map for this one guys. Although not difficult to find, it is not marked on the nature trail. Also, be sure to find out when camp is in session nearby because the trail can become people-logged.
15. Opossum Creek Falls
When you reach this site, you will have received your reward. The 2-hour hike is not for the faint of heart and can be an adventure for that feisty spirit or the most difficult journey you have ever taken.
16. Rainbow Falls
Rainbows? Yes, please! Rated as difficult, but I would definitely take the journey to see something so magical.
17. Raven Cliff Falls
Everything I have read says that the hike is strenuous, a 7 out of 10, or very difficult. But, I have also read that there are crowds of people at the waterfall! Obviously, this one is well worth the hike difficult or not.
18. Riley Moore Falls
Only 12 feet high on each tier, this waterfall is worth it just to take photographs and a boon for all hikers.
19. Secret Falls
Don't worry, it's not so secret. After a nice 1.5 hour hike on the Winding Stairs Trail, you will come to this delightful waterfall as well as Miuka Falls (not pictured).
20. Spoonauger Falls
Easy hike, photographic, and beautiful scenery. There is just not more to be said.
21. Twin Falls
Very easy and accessible to just about anyone. No hiking has to be done here as it is just a few steps to view this spectacular 2-for-1 special!
22. Yellow Branch Falls
Simply breathtaking are the words to describe this waterfall. After a good moderate hike this is the view you will enjoy. However, watch the weather in the area a week or two before because this waterfall is best seen after a really good gullywasher!
23. Station Cove Falls
A scenic waterfall to be sure and easily accessible through the gorgeous Appalachian cove forest.
24. Blue Hole Falls
A hidden treasure that is labeled moderately difficult in terms of the hike. This waterfall falls 75 feet and into a deep blue pool that the area is named for.
I have yet to experience all of these myself, but I definitely will visit one or two this summer and fall! How many waterfalls have you visited in South Carolina? Do you know of any more of these hidden gems? If so, make sure to share with us if you have pictures and definitely post them in the comments below. I would love to see them.