This is one of two falls you can reach by
hiking the Winding Stairs Trail, the other being Secret Falls. Miuka
Falls is a 75-foot waterfall tucked away on a spur trail off the popular Winding
Stairs Trail makes the journey into Miuka Falls among the best in Oconee
County. In fact, this easy, 45-minute hike bustles with birds, small
animals, and lively wildflowers beneath a dense canopy of hardwoods.
More gently graded than stepped (as the name implies), beginners can
easily venture along this trail and experience Miuka Falls, although
thick foliage at the falls makes getting a clear view a bit of a
of hike: 1.15 miles
to hike: 45 minutes
or river: West Fork of Townes Creek
From Walhalla, drive northwest on SC 28 for 8.4 miles and bear right
(north) onto SC 107.
Drive another 8.7 miles and park on the right just before the sign for
the Cherry Hill Recreation Area.
Start your hike on the Winding Stairs Trail, which starts at the right
(south) of two yellow posts. Do not pass between the posts or cross
At 0.2 mile the trail bears right, and a path from the Cherry Hill
Recreation Area enters from the left.
From this junction hike south for 0.9 mile and bear left onto a spur
trail to see Miuka Falls.
Hike another 0.2 mile to a clearing. You will hear the falls below and
to the right. Continue straight ahead and you will descend steeply and
through mountain laurel where you can view the falls through the
Sumter National Forest, Andrew Pickens Ranger District, 112 Andrew
Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC, 29664.
Updated: October 21, 2005
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