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3 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail! As others have mentioned, it is a beautiful drive on the way in through the Lake Rabun area, a nice winding road that follows the lake. No trouble finding the trail or staying on it, and great scenery the whole way. If you have time, I recommend tacking on a visit to nearby Minnehaha Falls – the falls there are impressive, but at .4 miles RT, the trail is so short that I’m not sure it would be worth a long drive to see them on their own.

17 days ago

Did this one when I came down from the Table Rock Summit. 2 mile loop with a lot of small waterfalls and a couple of stream crossings.

Great trail! Easy and beautiful!

Short Jaunt to the viewing platform...nice waterfall. We did not go down below the falls, looks rather difficult if conditions are wet.

Pretty trail with 2 very nice waterfalls.

27 days ago

Great quick easy hike close to Clemson.
No available parking lots, ended up parking on side of road.
Well built trail with stairs near waterfall. Fairly steep inclines. Built by local troop of Boy Scouts. Excellent hike for anyone wanting a quick outdoor experience with pleasant views and close to Clemson.

Great little day hike. More easy than moderate.

29 days ago

I love this trail but it is not for everyone .. first fall you must walk across tree to get there and the. Rest climb along tree roots and mountainsides .. I saw a lot of disappointed people that couldn’t get to the falls :(

1 month ago

From Oconee State Park the first mile and a half was extremely easy, after that was a little more up and down hill but still fairly easy. Beautiful waterfall at the end! Great place for a rest and picnic. Did this hike in about 2 hours.

Nice moderate hike. did 2 miles most of which was along the river with many little spurs down to the water. Passed several great looking swimming spots and many places for kids to wade and play. Stayed at campground which is well kept, Friendly park staff, nice clean bath house and very quiet. 1st weekend in October and only about 8 campsites being used! . I'd definitely come back. * Is a little tricky for very large and or 5th wheel type campers! Call directly to get a site for very large rigs.

Nice, short hike with the dog. Moderate enough to get a good sweat started but not too hard to slow you down. Very pretty.

1 month ago

Pretty falls! Watch for snakes though!

1 month ago

The falls are beautiful, the fields of deer food plots you have to go through not so much. They've just been planted, and heavy rain on our way back turned them into rice paddies.
The way is confusing. The entrance to the woods is currently marked with a vertical stick with blue surveyors' tape. If you're hiking with dogs, just follow them.
We did not get stung by stinging nettle this time, but did see some -- watch out.
We were told by an Oconee native that the old rock structures visible along the trail are gold smelting pits.
I hiked in Tevas and got my feet wet four times going in and the whole way back (fields became seas of mud).

on Chau-Ram Falls Trail

1 month ago

Great to go on a weekday.

Great, short hike down to the bottom of the beautiful falls. A lovely place to contemplate and unwind.

1 month ago

This trail is in the middle of nowhere but it is absolutely worth it. As for the trail, once you walk through the fields it gets a bit difficult to follow due to poor trail markings(follow the map in the app and you will be fine). Once you start getting closer to the falls the trail gets substantially worse and you have to climb up quite a ways over fallen trees and large rocks. All this being said, the falls are definitely worth the strenuous hike. I will definitely do this one again.

on Carrick Creek Loop

1 month ago

Nice short hike with a great payoff at the falls.

Beautiful fall. There is a outlook and a place to climb down a steep hill to get to the bottom of the falls.

This was an amazing start to the many trails we covered this weekend. The trails are navigatable but I used walking sticks to help a little climb up and down the terrain. Going to the bottom was well worth it. A family brought a picnic and sat on the rocks at the first area of falls to enjoy the scenery. So worth it if you want to try your skills at hiking along tree roots to get around.

Very beautiful sets of falls. However mileage is closer to 1.45 in and 1.45 out to the road trailhead for a total of about 2.9 to 3 miles RT. Whoever posted this and said 1.1 in and 1.1 out must have been at the Rabun Beach campground trailhead. Trail is easy/moderate to the second set of falls and then moderate/difficult to the final and third set of falls. Overall worth the 3 miles.

I really enjoyed this hike. We had to take our shoes off to cross over in a couple of places but it was a nice little refresher as we waded across the creek. Probably would not do this one during the cooler months but as for today it was nice.

2 months ago

decent and I would do it again. We were definitely not prepared for how steep the trip into and out of the falls was. We brought our 2 year old daughter and it was a little nerve wracking. next time I'll be more prepared with a child carrier.

This was a very quaint family friendly park with plenty of picnic tables and grills to use.

Its misleading to call this an easy hike. Yes, easy to get to the viewing platform but to really experience it, you need to go down a pretty hard, steep trail "crawl" of sorts. Not a long way down but be ready to crawl and scramble over some areas.

The trail was OK but it was VERY poorly marked, this is why the 3 stars. Also there were 2 places that required us to take off our shoes (or not but water was shin high) and wade across the water. While we enjoyed it and our dogs loved it - I can see how some might not so wanted to mention this.

Absolutely beautiful! I’m new to hiking and out of shape but it was easy for me. Very short hike, but took a bit of time to get to the bottom because of careful footing. So worth it!!! After parking, it took just a couple minutes to the Falls. The trail to the left leads to one waterfall, then to the right 3 more waterfalls. Camping areas were spacious and fairly clean (especially for being the day after Labor Day.) It was pretty muddy and rocky but so much fun. Bring LOTS of bug spray

nature trips
2 months ago

in past 3 months I have visited this BEAUTIFUL WATERFALL ITS THE VERY 1ST ONE I HAVE SEEN, PICTURES does it no justice , it's not a easy hike I will say not for someone who has sciatica and carpel tunnel but it was worth everything to see ISSAQUEENA I HAVE HAD A SPIRIT TO SHOW THEMSELVES TO ME HERE IN VIDEO

2 months ago

Trail markings are sub par, so basically go through fence, keep cutting through several fields, then eventually on the right corner of the field there is the entrance to the actually trail.

Trail itself is in decent shape but still poorly marked.

However, the falls are TOTALLY worth it. Bring a camera and hammock!

Beautiful falls! The trail was challenging but fun. My 11 year old was a little nervous going down but we made it. Great swimming at the bottom.

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