Waterfall Trail

King Creek Falls

(Oconee County)




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This 70-foot tumble through a laurel-choked gorge is one of those spots that gives itself over to hikers of all abilities. After a moderate 30-minute hike you will reach a spot where you can relax all day long on a tree trunk and enjoy the spray from the falls. Perhaps it is the backward slant of the rocks, but in any case the drop appears to be much higher than 70 feet.

Height: 70 feet

Length of hike: 0.5 mile

Time to hike: 30 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

Creek or river: King Creek

USGS Quadrangle: Tamassee

Directions to falls:

1. From Walhalla, drive northwest on SC 28 for approximately 8 miles and bear right (north) onto SC 107.

2. Drive 10.4 miles and turn left onto Burrells Ford Road (FS 708, paved for first 0.3 mile).

3. Drive approximately 3 miles to the parking area on the left.

4. Hike the Chattooga Trail (gravel) that begins at the southern end of the parking lot. Follow it 0.3 mile past the last campsite on the right side of the trail and just north of King Creek.

5. Take the first left (east) by the north bank of the creek.

6. Proceed 250 yards and cross over the creek on a bridge.

7. Turn left (east) onto the trail to the falls.

8. Climb the wooden steps and continue to the falls.  

Information: Sumter National Forest, Andrew Pickens Ranger District, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC, 29664. Telephone: 864-638-9568

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