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.

11 days ago

Very nice hike. Beautiful falls.

Beautiful waterfall! There are a few places that you have to cross the creek on rocks. Not a huge deal but something that would be better in warm weather. The falls were absolutely beautiful. The trail was clean and marked. We will definitely be headed to see them in the summer!

16 days ago

I did this hike on Sunday, March 4th, my second time doing this hike, the weather was great! TI really enjoyed this trail. It is an easy hike with a beautiful waterfall. Huge boulders all covered in moss. The waterfalls falls into a gorge. We had just had rain last week so there was plenty of water at the falls. I got some great photos which I have uploaded.
After passing thru the gate you will go hike thru 4 wildlife fields. There are several creek crossings. The first creek crossing there are no rocks so expect to get your shoes wet. All of the other crossings there are rocks or tree limbs for crossing. After the 4th field the trail is in the right corner of the field. The trail is not marked and there are several more tributary of Tamassee Creek along the way. At one tributary the tails goes left and less traveled trail to the right, "be sure to go left and cross the creek". Be sure to stay left of the creek, whenl you get within 300 - 400 feet of the falls, at this point you have to pick your way thru the rocks and boulders to get closer to the falls. Be sure that you are on the left side of Tamassee Creek to get to the falls.

Directions from Travelers Rest, SC -- from SunRift Adventure parking lot, travel on 276 to Hwy 11
Go 44.7 miles from Sunrift until you turn right onto Cheohee Valley Road

from Cleveland SC US Post office you will travel another 34.9 miles
from the Moorefield Memorial Hwy/Hwy 11 intersection you will travel another 19 mile
At Cheohee Valley Road there is a brown sign on the left side of Hwy 11 that says Piedmont Forestry Center, SC Forestry Commission.

Turn right onto Cheohee Valley Road.
Go 2.1 miles and turn left on Tamassee Knob Road
Drive another 0.50 miles and turn right on Jumping Branch Road
Then another 1.5 mile to the second dirt/gravel road, it is not marked but you want FS715A
Go approximately 0.7 miles to a dirt parking area on the right just before a concrete bridge. You will see the gate and fields.
The path immediately goes into the field past the gate.

Have fun!

Beautiful waterfalls

have done it end past 2 years. Going again in April

Beautiful waterfall! Fun trail to run.

Really enjoyed the trail. Couple of really narrow spots made it a little more challenging with our dogs. Only downside was people walking with their dogs without a leash or collar at times and would run up on our dogs which made our dogs a little nervous.

1 month ago

very crowded,NARROW trails no passing room,trees down across trail needs maintenance. the destination was nice but the jouney was bad.

1 month ago

I parked at the cherry hill parking site and this trail starts down and across the road. I had trouble finding it at first. Once on the trail there were many fallen trees. I had my dog with and we had to stop about 2 miles in. We could have kept going but after hiking 3 miles on a previous trail and it being in the afternoon we turned back. There are also a few spots that are quite narrow and would be hard to navigate with small children or a rambunctious dog. I'm hoping they clear up the trees and I can go back in late spring/early summer.

2 months ago

Fairly used trail. I went during the week and saw more people than expected. The falls are really nice and provide a nice area to hang out and get away from the summer heat.

The waterfall is fantastic and a fairly easy hike. Not much parking if more than 3-4 vehicles.

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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months 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.

4 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.

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