Lower Whitewater Falls
The entire Whitewater Falls chain – six different waterfalls along the
North and South Carolina border – is the highest series of falls in
eastern North America. And though more travelers journey to Upper
Whitewater Falls in North Carolina, the Lower Falls in Oconee County
comprise a 200-foot drop as dramatic as any in this guide. From the
parking area, a moderate hike of 45 minutes to
an hour will get you to an overlook
where you’ll find an unparalleled view of Lower Whitewater Falls.
of hike: 2.0 miles
to hike: 45 minutes to an hour
From Walhalla, drive north on SC 11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway) for 14 miles and turn left onto SC 130.
on SC 130 for 10.5 miles and turn right (east) at the entrance to Duke Power's Bad Creek
Pass through the automatic gate. (Entrance onto the property is allowed
only during daylight hours. Exiting the property through this gate is
allowed at all hours.)
Drive approximately 2 miles to the parking area for the Foothills
Trail/Whitewater River. (This is a lighted parking lot with a public
telephone and portable toilets.)
From the trailhead at the far end of the parking area, walk.
Follow the blue blazes of the Lower Whitewater Falls overlook spur. At
0.6 mile the spur will cross over the Whitewater River.
Turn right (northeast). At this point the spur is concurrent with
the Jocassee Gorges Segment of the Foothills Trail bound for Laurel
Valley. (The Foothills Trail is marked with white blazes.)
7. When the trail intersects a gravel road, follow the gravel road
briefly (about 200 yards) and then resume your hike on the trail. A blue
blaze and an arrow sign on the right point the way.
Continue to the overlook.
Foothills Trail Conference, PO Box 3041, Greenville, SC 29602.
Duke Energy, P.O. Box 1006, Charlotte, NC, 28201,
South Carolina State Trails Program
South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
1205 Pendleton Street :: Columbia, SC 29201 :: 803-734-0173
Updated: October 21, 2005
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