Big Bend Falls

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike


3.40 miles


One Way



Difficulty: Strenuous

Trail Features: t

  • Trail Head
  • Camping
  • Waterfall
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • Camping


Big Bend Falls gets its name from the hairpin turn in the Chattooga River just above the falls. You'll find a 30 foot drop which includes a 15 foot block waterfall, the highest single drop on this Wild and Scenic River.

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Big 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.

Time to hike: 2 hours 

Camping: Primitive campsites are available at Burrells Ford Campground and camping is allowed along the trail.


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 (west) onto Burrells Ford Road (FS 708, which is paved for first 0.3 mile). 

3.) 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.

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Sumter National Forest | Andrew Pickens Ranger District | 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664 | (864) 638-9568 | Email

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Lat: 34.96019523856050
Long: -83.11795336784900