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Great hike. Road in good condition. Chattooga River was super high, waterfall was raging. Uphill basically the entire way back to the car but totally worth it. Nice well-maintained trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Even in winter it’s a beautiful space with a variety of windy uphill to straight areas to rest. We loaded kids on our shoulders and explored until the paths got too muddy, destabilised in parts it seems by horse traffic.

5 days ago

My son is named after this place ... will always be my serenity ...

Very secluded and interesting site! Access road is interesting to say the least. Worth the time to visit.

We enjoyed the hike and were planning on doing the smaller loop. Some trails, like the gray, were really well marked but we ran into some bonus miles when we ended up on the white trail. Be aware at the gray, purple and white intersections!

01/07/19. The trail itself was easy to walk on; however there were quite a few areas that trees had fallen over the trail. Most were small pines that were easy to walk over; however, there some big trees that we had to climb over or crawl under in order to proceed on the trail. One switchback was completely blocked but we were able to cut through the forest to avoid the blockage and resume the trail.

Accessing Secret Falls (located on Crane Creek) is not easy. had it been a separate trail, I would rate it as HARD. The 50-60° incline was very difficult to transverse more so due to the mud and wet leaves. If you are prepared for a strenuous climb back to the trail, getting down and into the water is well worth the side trip.

We walked trail as an in-and-out so total hike was 7.1 miles and took about 5 hours, including breaks. Signage at the trailheads clearly state the trail is 3.5 miles one way.

Note: The campgrounds at the Cherry Hill Recreation Area are closed until 04/01/2019 and the gates closed/locked. Parking and the trailhead is accessible.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/scnfs/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=47163&actid=50

Great place to visit very flowey trails Pretty will maintain It is January 2019 right now and think its closed due to weather or the government shutdown not sure exactly We have had a lot of rain in the last month.

This might be one of my favorite hikes. The water is so pretty and the trail is well maintained and marked

hiking
13 days ago

01/07/19. The trail itself was easy to walk on; however there were quite a few areas that trees had fallen over the trail. Most were small pines that were easy to walk over; however, there some big trees that we had to climb over or crawl under in order to proceed on the trail. One switchback was completely blocked but we were able to cut through the forest to avoid the blockage and resume the trail.

Accessing Secret Falls (located on Crane Creek) is not easy. had it been a separate trail, I would rate it as HARD. The 50-60° incline was very difficult to transverse more so due to the mud and wet leaves. If you are prepared for a strenuous climb back to the trail, getting down and into the water is well worth the side trip.

We walked trail as an in-and-out so total hike was 7.1 miles and took about 5 hours, including breaks. Signage at the trailheads clearly state the trail is 3.5 miles one way.

Note: The campgrounds at the Cherry Hill Recreation Area are closed until 04/01/2019 and the gates closed/locked. Parking and the trailhead is accessible.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/scnfs/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=47163&actid=50

This is actually a pretty under-rated trail. Its easy to get to, has a wide and gradual path, the Miuka Falls are very easy to access and admire, the switch backs are very forgiving offer great views and the Secret Falls are off the path if you want to explore. I hike this using the Secret Falls guide, but honestly whoever recorded that trail looks lost. The record line goes all over the place. These were some spectacular falls and I plan on returning in the spring! However, I believe this title is currently mislabeled and its an understandable mistake. The falls are "Miuka Falls" (but also called Cheohee Falls, not Cherry Falls) & Secret Falls. I believe that its a simple mispronunciation that has this titled as Cherry not Cheohee, because the falls feed Lake Cheohee. I put in for a edit request.

Quick Video of the Falls: https://youtu.be/9xiyI2N1fcA

hiking
14 days ago

This is actually a pretty under-rated trail. Its easy to get to, has a wide and gradual path, the Miuka Falls are very easy to access and admire, the switch backs are very forgiving offer great views and the Secret Falls are off the path if you want to explore. I hike this using the Secret Falls guide, but honestly whoever recorded that trail looks lost. The record line goes all over the place. These were some spectacular falls and I plan on returning in the spring!

Quick Video of the Falls: https://youtu.be/9xiyI2N1fcA

Beautiful views! Very muddy after rain and the trail is not marked well, but as long as you follow the waterfall/stream, you'll be able to find your way back. A bit of climbing involved, so this trail would not be great for young children.

Easy trail! Only a 15 minute drive, should you elect too from King Creek Falls. The water is flowing from the recent rains.

Absolutely beautiful waterfalls! Only a few downed trees along the trail. With all of our recent rain the falls were magnificent!

Very nice trail and super easy. The falls are very close and the surrounding area is beautiful and fun to explore. Perfect place to picnic and play in the water in nice weather. Would definitely visit again. Look for the well marked area on the gravel road in as there are several trailheads that are close by and may be mistaken for Riley Moore.

hiking
16 days ago

easy trail

Beautiful! Tough trek after heavy rain, so beware!
Hiked with our Great Pyrenees and he did great! Not for untrained hiking dogs though- narrow trails, steep, and rooty! Great payoff, short distance, exciting/challenging trails, and sooo clean!!!

We are here on a new years mini vacation and we have been doing a trail or two a day. So far this is our favorite. We got a little lost in the beginning but eventually found the waterfall and it was amazing.

Great for beginners. Moderate elevation changes and a few narrow spots but the views are worth it!

This is a very easy to hike trail good from most anyone. The trail is wide and has a very slight decline, the last 25 yards has some pretty vertical sections if you want to get all the way down to the Chattooga River, Lower Lick Log or Upper Lick Log sights. However, they can also be viewed from the trail. This is part of the Foothills Trail system, so once you hit these two falls, it's time to turn around or you'll end up somewhere you didn't expect. I would like to revisit these falls when the foliage is in full bloom again.

Trail Review Video: https://youtu.be/58O1fQtFBsw

hiking
22 days ago

First off, this is moderate at best. There is a steep stretch at the end to get down to the water, but it isn't Hard. I would reserve Hard for extremely vertical peaks with precarious footing. Most of this hike is a quiet stroll. When the wide path ends, it's a bit tricky to find the narrow footpath (to the right), so be aware.

As previously stated, the last 100 yards or so is pretty vertical. Probably all 610 feet, so be ready and wear proper shoes. The view of the falls and river are awesome! The falls are a lot larger than I expected. It was a pleasant surprise. It also looks like a great floating river!

Video Review of Falls: https://youtu.be/axsM8QhN5CY

First by saying this view/fall is amazing and so peaceful. I was there Christmas Day and came in from Sandy Ford Rd.

To get there the road is dirt and full of no trespassing signs. Keep going and you come to a creek. You must go thru the creek to get to the Trailhead. It is about 4-7 inches deep (would not recommend in a car), but I did get thru with no problems in my Dodge Journey. There is very few spots to park on the side of the road and you can already hear the waterfall.

The hike itself is very easy. There was a spot to camp beside a creek if ever interested. You will cross 1 footbridge and then the trail markers turn green and cross another. Just a little further you are there. Part way down you can get out on a rock for such an amazing view of it all. I went in the morning and saw the sun rising and glistening over the water. Just breathtaking.

I would probably do this one again, a few times

Great hike into the falls this afternoon. There are a few trees down near the beginning of the hike after you get off the road to the campground but easy to navigate around. The falls were amazing! Looking forward to going back and exploring the area more!

on Blue Hole Falls

25 days ago

Easy walk with the kids, but quite a drive to see the top falls. We didn't have enough time to make it to the bottom.

Well maintain, Big Rock Loop is a little less than moderate, 3.9 miles fun little hike.

Seems this area is not accessible to the public anymore. Lots of recent road widening before you get within .25 mile of parking and the road ford area which may explain why this area is now heavily posted with Private Property No Tresspassing signs on all sides of the road and even forbidding the crossing of the road Ford.:( seems this should be posted on the brown informational sign pointing to the falls if this is forbidden.

After rain and snow, lots of falling trees needed to be careful and find ways to hike. But, falls itself is awesome and more than I expected.

This walk is user friendly. It is paved all the way from the parking lot to the overlook. From the overlook, you can go down the stairs (155 steps) for a better view of the falls (I definitely suggest going down the stairs). From the lower viewing deck you can go even further but there is no view of the falls, as it is just a continuation of the Cherokee Foothills Trail that happens to run through this fall.

gorgeous. beautiful territory.

Loved this hike, with beautiful waterfalls. There is a lot of climbing down tree roots and rocks so I would not recommend bringing small children, or doing this hike if you have any physical disability. But it is well worth the climb and there are great spots to have a picnic next to the falls!

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