Lower Whitewater Falls

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Lower Whitewater Falls is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, SC that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 miles 982 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Nice afternoon hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful day. A very enjoyable hike, the falls were full. Everything great.

1 year ago

Very beautiful in fall

hiking
1 year ago

agree that the trail distances are inaccurate. Liked it more than Upper bc it was less busy and not paved. Rainy day, only encountered 3 people on the hike (including someone hiking with an umbrella! )

The platform was slippery - view nice. Would love to scramble down and explore falls more.

hiking
1 year ago

If you are wanting a view of a very nice falls from a good distance away you might like this trail. If you are looking to dip your toes in the falls, forget about it. There are a few nice stream crossings that you are able to cool off and let the dogs catch a drink.
I also agree with Matt Masem and the other with the distance and signs. It's all off on distance.

For me the end result of the view platform of the falls was just a let down.

1 year ago

I think we took the wrong entrance, we parked past the power company in a small gravel lot with very small signs (right before Natahala Forest sign)
Dirt trail that about halfway had a wasp nest so use caution! After about 2 1/2 miles we gave up on lower view and took a very steep trail up to the overlook with a nice view.

hiking
2 years ago

Hiked this trail with a friend during fall peak week here. Beautiful colors all along the trail and great view from the overlook toward the falls which was about a quarter mile away. Trail was almost deserted as we passed only a few more hikers on the way in. This trail is moderate and is kept in it's natural condition which gives you a better presentation than a "maintained" trail. once we left the overlook we hiked back down a dirt and gravel road and did some off the trail hiking down to the falls. It was magnificent. Plan to go back when the leaves are gone for a better long distance view of the falls and Lake Jocassee.

hiking
2 years ago

The posted distances are a mess. You start out with a sign telling you it's 1.7 miles to the falls overlook. Then after you come to a bridge crossing there's a sign pointing to the parking lot 0.5 miles back. That's about right. Cross over some 40 feet of bridge/river and there's a sign telling you it's 0.7 miles to the parking lot. Huh? Also the sign there tells you it's 1.7 miles to the falls. Not a good feeling after hiked a half mile. We went farther and found a sign telling us it was 0.9 miles to the fall now (that was pretty accurate according to my GPS on the way back). The last part leading to the observation deck (a half mile from the falls) is steep downhill. Making the first part of the hike back uphill a pain. I did this carrying my 10 month old in a pack on my back and it was definitely moderate. Sadly the falls are kinda disappointing. Stick with the Higher Whitewater Falls up the road. You can get closer and it's a paved 0.2 mile stroll. This was OK, but was a moderate 4 mile loop to a worse view than most any other waterfall I've seen in the area.

hiking
2 years ago

This was a great trail. We had 5 adults in our group, one carrying a 2 year old in a back carrier. Seeing the falls was nice, but wish they were closer. The last bit of the hike is all downhill, so coming back up after you see the falls was a bit tough on everyone. But then we had fun at the bridge - took off our shoes and waded on the non-rocky side of the bridge - super refreshing. Will definitely go back and check out the other trails that had signs just past the bridge.

hiking
2 years ago

Much longer than posted signage. Overlook is far from falls but really nice view. Can save mileage by using dirt road below parking area

hiking
2 years ago

Awesome day in the woods. Beautiful falls, some short spurts of incline but overall pretty easy hike. Take a camera with zoom for a great picture of the falls. Well worth the drive up and catch a little outdoor exercise.

2 years ago

Well worth the drive up from Greenville. Great hike and awesome falls. Trail is easy to follow and only a few short moderate inclines

hiking
3 years ago

Beautiful waterfall and river view at the bridge crossing. Great hike to do in the fall when colors are so vibrant. Will definitely do this hike again. Trail was marked very well w/ blue markers.

hiking
4 years ago

not maintained. didnt even make it to the falls bc there was a yellow jacket nest in the middle of the trail that attacked us.

hiking
4 years ago

Great spring hike with Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron blooming. Out and back hike to the bottom of Whitewater Falls