Big Bend Falls Trail

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Big Bend Falls Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Rest, SC that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.0 miles 1480 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail is a nice relaxing walk through a quite forest to one of the most powerful waterfalls in South Carolina.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail. Some maintenance has been completed in the trail in the last couple of months.

4 months ago

Trail is not well marked. We didn't find the falls but we did find a super cool campsite on the other side of the river. There was a copperhead snake sunning near the site.

backpacking
4 months ago

Cute little trail, the river was amazing though it was a bit low at the time.

backpacking
4 months ago

Nice trail, could use a little maintenance though considering many fallen trees were blocking the path. The water was wonderful, so clear and cool! We had a great time, even though we couldn't find the falls.

hiking
7 months ago

Did a loop missed a trail that was not marked. Walked about two miles passed it.

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail! Falls are not well marked and a little tricky to find. Dog friendly. Cooler temps since the trail follows the river. Worth repeating.

1 year ago

A nice trail with a decent falls and nice area for photos for sure.
Sadly for us there was a few trees down right at the start of Big Bend Rd so instead of being able to drive down the road to start the hike we ended up having to add 1.5 miles one way to even get to the start of the trail.

If you have the ability to have 2 vehicles. Park one at Big Bend rd or over at Cherry Hill Rec area and park the other at Burells Ford Rd. You can get in a pretty good hike that will head to Big Bend falls then back track where you can take the other trail to Burells Ford. Beautiful scenery and most of the trail follows the Chattoga river. Hearing the water rushing is just so peaceful and soothing.

camping
1 year ago

My friend and I took our kids (7 total!) ages from 5-11 and had a blast. It's just tough enough for the kids that they can make it but feel really good about themselves in completing. Found a campground that was really well cleared out and some very useful things had been left behind for people to use. Took us a couple of hours in and a couple of hours out with the kids. Great fishing holes and places for the kids to play in the river. We did come across a couple of rattle snakes sunning themselves in the trail on our way out which added excitement to the day!

hiking
1 year ago

We only made it about a mile before we had to turn around because of rain..we had our 3 year old with us and 9 month old on my back. So we couldn't get stuck in the rain. Mason (the 3yo) had a hard time but he did make it back up the steep climb! (I have awesome kids)

hiking
2 years ago

Our group came across Big Bend Trail by a bit of luck. We had just returned from a morning on Winding Stairs Trail and were eating lunch by the north entrance near Cherry Hill Campground. One of our members noticed another trailhead sign across the road and we decided to spend the afternoon on the trail since we enjoyed our first hike so much.

We were slightly let down at the start as there wasn't much scenery during the hike. We had about 2 hours before we had to be back at our lodge site for dinner and we were determined to find out what was at the end of trail. We could see on google maps that it came to a point along the Chattooga River, so we powered through the trail. A couple of neat wooden bridges along the walk, but otherwise it was a fairly average trail. Not a lot of sun came through the trees which gave it a dingy feel.

We were stoked when we realized we were close to the end and nearly ran to find out what lie ahead of us. The area that it opens up to was such a great reward that it made the average scenery during the hike completely worth it. There were plenty of rocks to traipse on and a great photo spot. We spent about 20 minutes hanging around there before rushing back. We wished we could have spent more time there, it was very secluded and peaceful that it would have been awesome to hang out there longer. Seemed like an awesome fishing spot as well. Overall it was well worth the trip and we were so glad to have stumbled upon this trail.