The Ultimate South Carolina Waterfall Road Trip Will Take You To 7 Scenic Spots In The State

The upstate of South Carolina is rich with breathtaking waterfalls. But, unlike our neighbor to the north where you can hop on US 64 and see 6-8 waterfalls in an afternoon, it seems waterfall hopping isn’t all that easy in the Palmetto State. Or is it? Is it possible to see the best waterfalls in South Carolina on one road trip?

At Only in South Carolina we found the Internet to be loaded with lists and lists of waterfalls to see in our beautiful state. We picked out seven waterfalls with relatively easy access and created this easy to follow route. The total trip is 189 miles with an estimated four and a half hours drive time. We’ve included a link to the Google Map here.

Got four hours and twenty-eight minutes – plus the time you’re spend enjoying some of the Palmetto State’s most beautiful natural wonders? We’ve got the Google map here – if you’ve got the time, South Carolina!

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Did you know these waterfalls could be organized on such an easy route? Who’s up for a road trip to some of the best waterfalls in South Carolina?

And for more hiking in South Carolina, check out these 7 kid-friendly options.

Address: 5500 Geer Hwy, Cleveland, SC 29635, USA
Address: 388 Table Rock State Park Rd, Pickens, SC 29671, USA
Address: Twin Falls Dr, Simpsonville, SC 29680, USA
Address: Issaqueena Falls, South Carolina 29691, USA
Address: 1220 Chau Ram Park Rd, Westminster, SC 29693, USA
Address: Cedar Falls, South Carolina 29058, USA
Address: Reedy Falls Dr, Greenville, SC 29605, USA
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Best Waterfalls In South Carolina

January 04, 2020

What are the best waterfall hikes in South Carolina?

Although we’d argue the best waterfall hikes in South Carolina can be found above, there are all sorts of stunning hikes throughout the state that are well-worth an afternoon spent in nature. Head to Wildcat Wayside Falls for stunning autumn views, and Tin Falls is a perfect day spent in perfectly natural isolation. Blue Hole Falls is a favorite, as well as Raven Cliff Falls and the ever beautiful, yet fairly small Carrick Creek Falls.

What is the largest waterfall in South Carolina?

Raven Cliff Falls, the tallest waterfall in South Carolina, is one of the hardest to get to, though the pay-off for the trek through Caesars Head State Park makes it worth it. Accessible by a lengthy, advanced hiking trail, Raven Cliff Falls is estimated to fall 400-feet.

Are there any other scenic hikes in South Carolina?

South Carolina is full of beautiful, scenic hikes, though most folks seem to stop exploring the state at the coast. We’d recommend Rainbow Falls in Jones Gap State Park for the scenery, as well as any hiking trail in Lynches River State Park. The Riverwalk tends to be fairly popular. Congaree National Park has a very popular 2.4 mile hike that takes you along a boardwalk into the park, and the Swan Lake Irish Garden is a leisurely hike that has an abundance of Japanese Iris along the 3/4 of a mile hiking trail.

Address: 5500 Geer Hwy, Cleveland, SC 29635, USA
Address: 388 Table Rock State Park Rd, Pickens, SC 29671, USA
Address: Twin Falls Dr, Simpsonville, SC 29680, USA
Address: Issaqueena Falls, South Carolina 29691, USA
Address: 1220 Chau Ram Park Rd, Westminster, SC 29693, USA
Address: Cedar Falls, South Carolina 29058, USA
Address: Reedy Falls Dr, Greenville, SC 29605, USA