Stop 1: Reedy Falls, Cedar Falls Park, Greenville, SC
Your road trip to see every waterfall in South Carolina begins in the heart of downtown Greenville. Here the 25ft Reedy Falls cascade provides a dose of tranquil nature. It is a sight for sore eyes amidst the bustle of the city streets.
Stop 2: Jones Gap State Park
Drive five hours northwest to Jones Gap State Park. It is located in the upper western corner of South Carolina. This popular recreational area contains many remarkable falls including the Jones Gap Falls, Eastern Stream Falls, Dargan’s Cascade, Oil Camp Falls, and Toll Road Falls. Strenuous hiking between the falls is often required.
Stop 3: Rainbow Falls, Camp Greenville Property
The astounding 140ft dropping Cox Camp Creek Rainbow Falls lies just due west of Jones Gap. It is located on Camp Greenville Property. The views are worth the 45min downhill trek.
Stop 4: Caesar’s Head State Park
South of Rainbow Falls tucked away in Caesar’s Head State Park are a few notoriously beautiful waterfalls. Respectively, they are called Firewater Falls and Rockcliff Falls.
Stop 5: Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area
Travel south of 276 from Caesar’s Head. The Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area resides just below the highway. A three mile hike from the Asbury Hills Camp brings you to Moonshine Falls, named after the illegal activities that used to take place in the area. In addition, the Wilderness area contains Raven’s Cliff Falls. This waterfall drops Matthew’s Creek nearly 400ft across rocky outcroppings. It can viewed from both a platform and rocky outcropping located off of the Raven’s Cliff Falls Trail. It is notably the most remarkable and photographed waterfall in the entire state.
Stop 6: Wildcat Branch Falls
From the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, follow highway 276 south to the intersection of SC 11. The 30ft Wildcat Branch Falls is visible from the road. This multi-tiered cascade rages down dark shelves of exquisite weathered rock.
Stop 7: Matchbox Falls/Misty Falls
Head northeast on highway 276 to a narrow gravel road. At the end of the road are two hidden waterfalls. Bushwhacking 0.2 miles into the woods from the guardrail will bring you to Misty Falls. Travel an additional 0.2 miles to view Matchbox Falls. Just follow the sound of the flowing water. This two-for-one package is worth the effort!
Stop 8: Table Rock State Park
Driving south on highway 11 brings you to Table Rock State Park, home of the infamous Carrick Falls. Carrick is a lovely 15ft drop into a wading pool. It is located off of the paved road leading from the parking lot. Wade through the shallows on a warm day.
Stop 9: Laurel Fork Falls, Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area
Further south along highway 11 is the vast expanse of the Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area. The massive realm boasts the 80ft waterfall known as Laurel Fork Falls. Access to the falls requires a grueling five hour hike but satisfying views.
Stop 10: Sumter National Forest
Taking highway 11 down to route 107 will bring you into Sumter National Forest. You can’t miss this location to see every waterfall in South Carolina. A two hour hike brings you to splendid Bee Cove Falls. It is unique due to the double 40ft and 30ft tiers across layers of granite. Driving further down route 107 will deliver you through access points to Lee Falls, Yellow Branch Falls, Issaqueena Falls, and Secret Falls.
Within the Sumter National Forest along SC 28 are Chauga Narrow Falls, Hidden Falls, and Fall Creek Falls. They are all noteworthy natural wonders.
Two striking waterfalls reside in the southern portion of the Sumter National Forest. Blue Hole Falls is a 45ft long rushing Cedar Creek torrent that empties into a crystalline blue pool. Riley Moore Falls is only 12ft high but 100ft wide and classified as a class VI whitewater rapid.
The western edge of the Sumter National Forest embraces the family-friendly Brasstown Cascades and Fall Creek Falls, a three-for-one package.
Stop 11: Ramsey Creek Falls/Chau Ram County Park
After leaving the expansive Sumter National Forest, head back southeast along route 76 to the final waterfall. Ramsey Creek Falls is located within the Chau Ram County Park in Westminster, SC. In addition to the falls, nearby hiking trails and picnicking areas add utility to this family-friendly destination. In conclusion, this mapped out journey will allow you to see every waterfall in South Carolina.