This is one of two falls you can reach by hiking the Winding Stairs
Trail, the other being Miuka Falls. After a downhill hike of
approximately 1.8 miles through a mostly hardwood forest, part of it a
short distance off the Winding Stairs Trail, you will reach Secret
Falls. The falls ripples down a steep hillside then along a slab of
granite, at times being pinched down to several feet. While at the
falls you may see or hear a number of birds, such as turkeys, ravens,
warblers, indigo buntings, vireos, or thrushes. You may also encounter
deer and possibly a shy feral hog.
of hike: 1.8 miles
to hike: 1.5 hours
or river: Crane 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.
From the spur trail continue for .5 mile and begin the switchbacks
Winding Stairs is named for. When you reach the third turn, the trail
turns sharply to the left.
Leave the trail and hike cross-country. There are no trail markings,
but there will be an obvious ravine on your left. Secret Falls is
approximately 300 yards south of where you left the Winding Stairs
Forest, Andrew Pickens
Ranger District, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC, 29664.
Updated: October 21, 2005
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