A Short But Beautiful Hike, Wildcat Wayside Trail Leads To A Little-Known Series Of Waterfalls In South Carolina

(Editor’s Note: Do not deviate from the marked trail at this site or try to stand near the top of any of the waterfalls in this series. Fatalities have occurred as a result of leaving the trail. The most recent fatality here was in June, 2020.)

Sitting in plain view for anyone traveling along South Carolina’s Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway, Wildcat Wayside Falls can actually be seen from the highway – without pulling over. During the warmer months, in fact, passersby may spot a flurry of cars pulled off here and scores of people cooling off in the roadside waterfall. But what most people don’t know is the trail that begins next to this popular waterfall swimming hole leads to two more waterfalls further uphill that belong in this series of three falls.

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Did you know this popular roadside waterfall swimming hole in South Carolina has two more waterfalls upstream, forming a series of three major waterfalls? All are accessible via a short and easy hike leading from the base of the lowest falls at Wildcat Wayside. Learn more about the trail from our friends at AllTrails.com. The nature trail here is best used from March through December, but it is open year-round.

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