Yellow Branch Falls

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike


1.50 miles


One Way



Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

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


Yellow Branch Falls, located in the Yellow Branch Picnic Area above Walhalla, is not what you expect when you hear the words "falls" and "branch" in the same title.

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This moderately difficult out-and-back trail leads you to the base of a spectacular 50-foot vertical cascade. Starting from the parking area, you will hike approximately .2 mile on the Yellow Branch Nature Trail, before you come to the junction with the Yellow Branch Falls Trail. You will pass through groves of dignified hardwoods and cross meandering creek bottoms before turning to circumnavigate the steep terrain. In the winter when the trees are bare, you can see the Walhalla vicinity as you hike. Wear sturdy shoes and use extra caution during wet conditions as this trail skirts the edges of deep ravines. Conversely, if it hasn’t rained for some time, the falls may be just a trickle of water over a series of ledges.

Time to hike: 1 hour


1.) From Walhalla drive west on SC 28 for 6.8 miles and left turn into Yellow Branch Picnic Ground (open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round).

2.) Hike in 0.2 mile on the Nature Trail (from either end) to the Yellow Branch Falls Trail.

3.) Hike 1.3 miles to the falls.  


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