two-hour journey is quite an effort for the 50-foot Opossum Creek Falls,
but depending on your spirit of adventure, reaching the falls could rank
among your most rewarding waterfall excursions, or the most difficult.
Most of the two-mile hike ambles along a pleasant, forest service trail
shaded by an assortment of hardwoods and bordered at times by small
partridgeberry wildflowers. When you reach the Chattooga River, turn left onto a heavily vegetated path and scramble around rocks
and trees for a time-consuming half-mile hike to the base of the falls.
of hike: 1.5 miles to the Chattooga River. Another 0.5 mile up Opossum Creek
to hike: 2 hours
or river: Opossum Creek
Quadrangle: Rainey Mountain
From Westminster, drive west on US 76 for 13.3 miles and turn
left onto Damascus Church Road (Oconee County S-37-96). Long Creek Fire
Station will be on your right after this turn.
2. Drive 0.9 mile and turn right onto Battle Creek Road (Oconee County
Drive 1.9 miles and turn right onto Turkey Ridge Road (FS 755, which is
Continue 2.3 miles to FS 755F on the left; park.
Walk back up FS 755 to the trail on the right and hike about 1.5 miles
to the end of the trail where Opossum Creek enters the Chattooga River.
Continue upstream on Opossum Creek about 0.5 mile to the base of the
Sumter National Forest, Andrew Pickens Ranger District, 112 Andrew
Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC, 29664.
Updated: October 21, 2005
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