Explore the most popular walking 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.

we took this spur trail off the Foothills trail. Pretty Falls, not difficult to get to at all. Just remember when you're going down hill to see the falls, you will be walking back up those hills.
on your way to the falls, listen off to your right. Quick little side trip to see another much smaller falls. when there today the water comes down the small rock cascade and then goes underground I believe. Pretty cool to see.

A nice, enjoyable hike. We parked one vehicle at Oconee State park and then drove other vehicle to pull off at Jumping Branch Trailhead. Got on the trail at Jumping Branch and traveled to Oconee. Distance is 4.6 miles.
If you have the time, take the side trail to Hidden Falls. It's worth the extra couple miles there and back.
Once finished Hidden Falls and heading back to Oconee State Park you will hear some rushing water off to your left. There is a smaller cascade just a very short distance off the trail. Super easy to walk to and it's a pretty cool little cascade where the water comes down a small rock face and then goes underground. It really is pretty cool.
All total from Jumping Branch with side trail to Hidden falls and to Oconee State park was around 6.6miles.

Great hike and really well marked/groomed. It's not an easy hike, but I wouldn't call it moderate either. It has a few steeper sections, but nothing that is overly challenging. The hike to the falls is approximately 35 mins or so. We did this hike on Thanksgiving Day morning and were pleasantly surprised to see the amount of activity on the trails that morning.

hiking
15 days ago

Enjoyed this trail. Not marked at all. Must use this app to find it. Can easily take a wrong trail at one of the stream crossing. If you stay on the app you will have no problem. Very remote and private. We were the only ones their. The water fall is beautiful. Does require climbing up rocks to get to the falls. Would recommend boots as you do cross several streams. But worth the hike. It’s about an hour each way.

Easy to moderate hike depending on the level of experience. We spent about an hour and a half getting out to the falls, as we moved quickly because we were running short on daylight. The falls are very photogenic, and the trail was well maintained.

Easy to hike. Waterfall at the end is really pretty! We went in the winter and there were a lot of icecicles which made it even prettier. Heads up to hikers bringing their pets there's apparently someone who lives near by that lets their dog roam free and he's taken up shop at the trail head and tags along with hikers. Seems friendly enough but if your dog isn't always dog friendly like ours it could ruin the hike for you.

Great hike! Beautiful falls!

A moderate hike on Christmas day. 4 miles in 3 hours at a leisurely pace and lunch at the waterfall. The trail is well maintained and clearly marked. There are small streams to cross by leap, rock, log or bridge which break up the long walk. Diverse views and an amazing waterfall make it a favorite.

Christmas day hike 2017. Cloudy cool 42°. Nice easy hike.

Hiked a few days ago in the snow. Nice easy hike.

In late fall, this hike wasn't that visually stunning, but the waterfall makes up for it. So many ledges and drops! It's beautiful and you could take a million pictures from every angle if you are so inclined. I'd call the hike easy, heading to moderate, depending on how quickly you take it.

Awesome waterfall. Good distance hike to it but it’s very easy.

A good easy 2 hour hike there and back. Have to jump the stream in a few places but completely doable. Very beautiful and calming wanted to stay longer but getting close to sundown. Will revisit this one with the kids for sure.

This is by far my favorite hike so far. (I'm a newbee) It is a moderate hike and it does not loop around therefore you will hike back the same way. It could be a little wet and slippery but definitely worth it. You will come across about three small Bridges and maybe three small Rapids to hop over. we took a backpack and enjoyed lunch at the bottom of the rocks on the fall and appreciated the sound of the waterfall and nature. I really enjoyed this hike and recommended to everyone.

Beautiful hike in the fall. It was a bit wet and slippery in places but the trail is well marked and has lots of diversity. I would not call it easy but more moderate but a very nice hike. The waterfall at the end was beautiful and worth the effort. We would do this again.

Nice trail. A little narrow towards the falls end. Forest Service is sometimes a little slow at trail maintenance, bit overall they do a good job. Nice set of falls at the end, and a beautiful place to sit and eat a snack.

hiking
2 months ago

Beginner/intermediate level of hiking. Pretty Falls. Heavily trafficked.

Definitely not a trail for beginners. That being said its a great trail to push your limits. Well marked and very well maintained. Water can be an issue toward the table rock end on a dry year so recommend getting the guide before taking off down the trail. If your looking for a walk in the piney woods search no further this is for you. Though there aren't as many vistas as some other trails but there are still plenty of gorgeous views and sites to see along the trail. Good well maintained camp sites and the steps. "Oh Thank God (and the volunteers) for the steps on Heart Break Ridge."
Definitely a trail worth repeating again and again.

Love this walk!! The waterfall is amazing, but maybe not quite as breathtaking as some others in the region. Definitely in the top 5 or 6 in terms of beauty. HOWEVER, the hike in is wonderful! Just did this for the second time in two weeks...because I wanted to go back with other friends.

What make the hike so nice? Variety, lots of variety!! The trail starts and follows a cute stream and goes through a very "rainforest" type of environment. Then you cross a creek a few times (easily), meander along some high slopes, cross some wooden bridges, little uphill, little downhill, some flat sections, pretty mountain views through the trees, some steps, some narrow areas, and at the end - a beautiful waterfall! And lots of rocks to climb on at the base if you're up for it!! And very, very dog-friendly.

Although there is plenty of up and downhill... we never found ourselves out of breath or needing any kind of break.

One of our favorite hikes in the area so far!!

hiking
2 months ago

To clear up the confusion about the area near the "end" of the trail:
You'll reach an area with a creek to your right and several signs and diverging trails. In order to continue on to the bend and awesome view of the rapids, don't cross the footbridge on the right, continue forward taking the trail marked with white and green blazing. You'll follow the trail for a bit above the river and eventually start switching back to descend.

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