Yellow Branch Falls
This moderately difficult out-and-back trail leads you to the base of a
spectacular 50-foot vertical cascade. Starting from the parking area,
you will hike approximately .2 mile on the Yellow
Branch Nature Trail, before you come to the junction with the Yellow
Branch Falls Trail. You will pass through groves of dignified hardwoods
and cross meandering creek bottoms before turning to circumnavigate the
steep terrain. In the winter when the trees are bare, you can see the
Walhalla vicinity as you hike. Wear sturdy shoes and use extra caution
during wet conditions as this trail skirts the edges of deep ravines.
Conversely, if it hasn’t rained for some time, the falls may be just a
trickle of water over a series of ledges.
of hike: 1.3 miles in addition to the 0.2 mile on the Nature Trail (either
to hike: 1 hour
or river: Yellow Branch
to the falls:
From Walhalla drive west on SC 28 for 6.8 miles and left turn into Yellow
Branch Picnic Ground (open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round).
Hike in 0.2 mile on the Nature Trail (from either end) to the Yellow
Branch Falls Trail.
Hike 1.3 miles to the falls.
Sumter National Forest, Andrew Pickens Ranger District, 112 Andrew
Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC, 29664.
Updated: October 21, 2005
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