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

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.

hiking
11 days ago

There is a road if you have a truck.... that goes to the trial head... makes it a little hard till you get to the trial head.. after that it is really nice!! We really enjoyed it!! Water is nice and falls are beautiful! Must see at least once!

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

hiking
15 days ago

Desperately needs TLC from Park Service. Trail clogged and trees fallen over. Just needs a revamp. Falls are decent, but again they are clogged with trees too. Could be really nice with a little attention by Park Service.

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.

the waterfall was absolutely breathtaking

Awesome

We did the Brown wave loop. Beautiful hiking!

hiking
23 days ago

A well-marked moderate trail. Will cross 2 small streams on the way to the falls. Beach area provides a place for those who want to take a dip. Recommend bug spray. Beautiful views with roaring falls.

Similar to the previous review, trail was heavily overgrown with a couple down trees. Manageable, but there a few big spider webs across the trail that eventually turned me around... after 0.8 miles. Save yourself the trouble and take the trailhead off Nicholson Ford Road instead.

off road driving
27 days ago

not a walking trail at all you. you drive

Amazing trail! wonderful sandy beach! Can't wait to hike it in all 4 seasons! Next time I will definitely take my Jeep on down the dirt road to make the trip shorter. The road is not too bad could probably been done without 4WD.

walking
29 days ago

The falls were very picturesque! Would be a fun swimming hole in the summer. The dirt road leading up to the trail head had to be walked if you didn't have a very rugged 4×4 vehicle. Makes a great afternoon trip for families. Don't forget to pack a picnic!

off road driving
1 month ago

It’s just a dirt road. 4 wheel drive not required.

hiking
1 month ago

Extremely easy hike with a great payoff at the end. A nice little beach area to camp or relax during a hot summer day. Highly recommended.

Make sure to visit all three levels of the falls. My dog and I took a quick dip in the lowest level and it was amazing! Very easy hike although the trails to the falls can be precarious.

mountain biking
1 month ago

It's one of my favourites on FATS. Counter clockwise is where it's at!

hiking
1 month ago

well worth the short walk in to see such a beautiful water fall. The falls is located at the mouth of Whetstone Creek just before it enters into the Chattooga. The Trail is the river access that leads from the parking area at the end of Sandy ford road. Very easy hike for any age.

Great hike for the entire family. Note the trail head is 75 feet from sign where you park your car; trailhead is marked by large boulders on both sides of trail start. When you reach the river you have to take a hard left in order to reach the waterfall. It is another .3 passing two streams.

on Riley Moore Falls

walking
1 month ago

unfortunately I had to walk the extra mile getting to my destination because I don't drive a 4×4. heading to the falls is the best part. during summer us more busy but it's still a very beautiful place to visit. definitely kid friendly. coming back walking seems to never end but worth every minute.

hiking
1 month ago

one of the most beautiful spectacular views, if your able to go to the lowest level of the falls you won't regret it. I got chills just seeing the beauty that God created.

Easy hike out to beautiful falls! A hidden gem!

We loved this, but it was some work to get down to see falls. Worth the effort, but need to be in good shape.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Woooohoooo Did Deepstep today and there are places that the trail is not so beginner friendly. I would call it a moderate trail

One of my favorite waterfalls! The river was beautiful and the falls were roaring. I feel like the trail is varied and fairly easy for the first bit. On the way back up, it is quite steep for a ways. Very secluded and peaceful in late spring. For beginners who like a challenge!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, well marked trail. Beautiful waterfalls. Stop by the beach on your way out.

Took two dogs. Very narrow if your dogs haven’t been hiking then not a place for them. Wear hiking boots as it’s very narrow and muddy. Short but pretty once you get to the bottom. If you want to get wet it’s not too deep but cold.

Great workout with a beautiful view the entire hike.

Pretty falls, but extremely muddy. Very narrow and not well defined. Not safe for dogs

hiking
2 months ago

Not well kept. got to a point where we could no longer find the trail or where to go. Trail head is in a remote location.

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