Bend Falls is an abrupt, roaring 30-foot drop on the Chattooga River
only accessed by a demanding hike along the Chattooga Trail. Its
energy is infectious though, so you’ll quickly spring back to life
after the two-hour trek and your first glimpse of the largest drop on
this Wild and Scenic River.
Cascades 15 feet at a 30-degree slope, then makes 15-foot vertical
of hike: 3.4 miles on Chattooga Trail
to hike: 2 hours
or river: Chattooga River
From Walhalla, drive northwest on SC 28 for approximately 8 miles and
bear right (north) onto SC 107.
Drive 10.4 miles and turn left (west) onto Burrells Ford Road (FS 708,
which is paved for first 0.3 mile).
Drive approximately 3 miles to the parking area on the left.
4. From the
southern end of the parking area, hike on the Chattooga Trail (black
blazes) and the Foothills Trail (white blazes), which run concurrently
along this stretch of the river.
5. At 2.5
miles the Big Bend Trail intersects the other two from the east.
Approximately, 0.5 mile beyond this intersection, you will hear the
roar of the falls. Here are several rugged paths that drop along
laurel shrouded banks that are steep and slippery. Use extreme caution
to reach the falls.
Forest, Andrew Pickens Ranger District, 112 Andrew
Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC, 29664.
Updated: March 20, 2007
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