The Yellow Branch Falls Trail In South Carolina Is A 3-Mile Out-And-Back Hike With A Waterfall Finish
It’s hard to pass up a good waterfall hike and this is one you should take if you love hiking –
and waterfalls! The trail to Yellow Branch Falls is located just outside the town of Walhalla on SC-28. It’s found almost across the street from the entrance to Stumphouse Tunnel Park. Park the car and hit this 1.5-mile trail to one of the most beautiful waterfalls you’ll find in South Carolina.
What makes Yellow Branch Falls so very different from other waterfalls is the 50-foot-tall waterfall has many individual falls that flow or trickle over the countless ledges found on the stacked rock cascade. Plus, standing at the base, you'll be mesmerized by the enormous width (nearly 80 feet!) of this one.
Wind up at this spot after a heavy rainfall and you may get the impression the waterfall looks more like a fountain than a creek flowing over a series of ledges, with the water spewing out a blowhole at the top only to be inhaled by a filtration system at the bottom and then sent back out the top.
However you view this waterfall, you're sure to love everything about it.
The trail is rated "moderate" by AllTrails.com, and is three miles, round trip.
In terms of difficulty, you'll encounter several small creek crossings that will likely have some rocks to step on as you cross, but don't count on it. Bring extra shoes in case you need to put on dry ones at the end of the hike.
Enjoy the sights and the scenery on the trail. The spring and fall seasons here are especially beautiful.
Consider padding your trip with some extra time to spend gawking at this lovely view.
Of course, you can always explore a short distance downstream, too, to discover more (smaller) waterfalls as the water flows farther down Yellow Branch Creek. It's such a lovely sight!
Access to Yellow Branch Falls is open year-round. Dogs are allowed on this South Carolina trail - as long as they are leashed.
Have you hiked to Yellow Branch Falls before? What did you think? It’s beautiful, right? If this is your first time hiking the trail to
Yellow Branch Falls, then you’ll find more information about the trail from our friends at AllTrails.com.
Once you’ve conquered the trail to Yellow Branch Falls, head a few hundred feet up the highway to Stumphouse Tunnel Park to hike to Issaqueena Falls. Learn more about that one by reading:
This Quaint Little Trail Is The Shortest And Sweetest Hike In South Carolina!
What’s your favorite waterfall in South Carolina? Tell us in the comments!
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Yellow Branch Falls Trail, 2911-3023 Highlands Hwy, Walhalla, SC 29691, USA