Explore the most popular birding trails in Oconee State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Really pretty trail. The autumn leaves truly made this hike seem yellow. A few easy stream crossings, I was glad to have a hiking pole though. The waterfall at the end is beautiful. About a 200 foot elevation gain on the way back from the falls. The hike from the falls back to the car took us 35 minutes.

Not too long, not too short to Yellow Branch Falls with a few creek crossings. Easy hike on the way to the falls, and easy/moderate on way back (due to elevation gain from climbing back out of the valley). There are flats along the way to recover. I hiked it on a cooler/dry day with my 22 month old son strapped to me in our Osprey carrier and there were a few ares where I had some slightly elevated breathing and some burning quads, but not too bad. Pack a lunch because there is ample space near the falls to relax, enjoy the view, and refuel. I also passed about 5 other hiking groups along the way (on a Wednesday afternoon) so it does see some traffic. The trails is also well maintained.

Beautiful fall walk to the waterfalls. One easy stream crossing across large rocks. Some gentle ups and downs on the walk. The trail is well marked and maintained. Very little parking. About 30 minutes from Clemson. Well worth the easy walk to see these gorgeous falls up close.

We just went got back from what we thought would be a thru hike but weather was about to set in and I am more of a fair weather hiker. Overall the trip was great. We went from Oconee and made it to upper whitewater fall. Called Jim Simpson who was a saint and took us back to our car. Definitely will do this hike again and try to finish it. My hats off to all those people who maintain the trail. Overall it was in good condition

love this one!

This trail is really nice. I got on this trail via historical station falls. I also encountered a black bear on this trail. The bear ran off as soon as I was in sight.

Great little day hike. More easy than moderate.

Great hike with well marked trail. Waterfall is beautiful.

Just got back from another church hike. Hiked from whitewater falls to Oconee Park. Trails in perfect condition.

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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.

Super easy, nice fall at the end and well marked. Good for all ages.

on Tamassee Knob Trail

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1 month ago

I took my 10 year old and 5 year old. We wore long pants and long sleeves which helped tremendously with the overgrown parts of the trail. As far as terrain is concerned, this was fairly easy for us. Towards the end of the trail needs to be cut back; however, the markers are still visible on basically every other tree. There are some areas toward the end as well that are very narrow-just be careful, use good sense and sturdy footing. We also encountered a huge black snake on the trail. We enjoyed this trail, and are looking forward to taking the other trails at the park soon.

Fantastic hike to a beautiful waterfall! Not too difficult 1.5 mile one way. Creek crossings, wild flowers. Will be gorgeous in peak fall color season with all the hardwoods!

The waterfall is worth it!!

Great hike a couple weeks ago, not too crowded due to the potential hurricane, trail was well maintained. One group of hikers on the trail did report seeing a mother bear and two cubs though, bring your bear spray with you.

Easy, Quick trail. Took 4 kids ages 17, 15, 9 and 5 in early September. Trail was easily managed. Highlight: Great photogenic falls at the end.

Easy trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

Trail well maintained. Pup loved it, a few streams to cross and the falls are gorgeous. Bring the bug spray.

BREATHTAKING ! this hike is more like 4 miles I would say and it really should be categorized as moderate. Alot of tree routes and some uphill on the way back. We definitely worked up a sweat! Now one thing that really disappointed us was the restrooms. We wanted to use the restrooms before starting our hike but as soon as we opened the door, we literally ran out! There was poop everywhere! On the floor,walls and toilet. That was shocking. But you know, we forgot about it once we saw the awesome falls.

my wife and I did this one while she was pregnant. the way up to state park is mostly uphill and seems like an old logging road for most of it. we really enjoyed the hike. theirs some great views. we didn't meet any other hikers on the trail. It's defiantly a good trail to try.

super easy hike. we took my 3 small children and they had a blast. It's a real quick hike for a family hike. the falls are georgous.

it's a beautiful hike. the waterfall is georgous. the trail is well maintained and is marked well with orange blazes. It has 4 creek crossings on it. with all that being said I think the trail should be marked as a moderate hike. the hike out is uphill most of the way.

Nice fairly easy hike to an amazing waterfall!

Nice hike to a beautiful waterfall. Enjoyed the scenery on the way also. This is not an easy hike, though. It should be rated as moderate.

This is a pretty decent hike. Very easy terrain and would be a good walk for families in the early spring and fall. Trail needs a bit of maintenance but wasn't in bad shape the day I walked it. The dam area has tall grass so be cautious of ticks and other pest during the summer months.

Wonderful! The trail has it's ups and downs, but it's really beautiful all along the way. God's handiwork all around you. And then you get to the waterfall. Breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL. Stunning. Words do not do it justice. Do yourself a favor and seek out this lovely trail!

Great trail. The waterfall is beautiful. I'll be hiking it again soon.

Went with family. Nothing special on the way to the waterfall. Waterfall was great though! Don't know if I'd go back and do that one.

Great trail, awesome hike, amazing waterfall.

I took the trail from Table Rock to Laurel Valley yesterday morning 8-3-18 during the rain. The Creeks and Falls along the trail were raging but awesome to see and hear. Crossing points were still safe but reccomend the upmost caution. The sky's cleared by the time I crested at Sassafras overlook. I made the section in 4:35. Looking forward to Hiking the trail all the way to OSP soon.

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