Explore the most popular Bird Watching 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 is a beautiful hike. The trail is well-kept and wide, and the payoff at the end of one of the prettiest waterfalls that I’ve seen. Beware of a poorly marked or at least ambiguously marked Trail head. The trail head is not directly across from the parking area. It is just a little down the street as other reviews have said.

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blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

Short, non strenuous with great views of the narrows. Trail is a bot confusing at times but nothing that can't be negotiated. Last part of trail is tricky with lots of rocks.

hiking
17 days ago

The falls itself is amazing! But don’t expect to be the only person/people there! We went in June and there must have been over a hundred people there, trash literally everywhere! At the end of the trail right before descending to the beach it looks like a dumpster overturned there. To see such a beautiful place turned into a party spot for disrespectful people is disheartening. Do not attempt to drive the first part of the trial unless you have high ground clearance

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scramble
17 days ago

Very short hike but right around the second falls in the series it gets tricky, a lot of root scrambling and very narrow, one wrong step and it’s quite a tumble. Beautiful falls and great little swimming hole at the bottom of the last waterfall

One of my favorite trails! The beach area is awesome, we went up the Chatooga via swimming the edge about 200ish yards to a jumping rock, it’s great but you better be comfortable in the water to try this. The hike to the falls from the Chatooga is very moderate and the pay off is spectacular, breath taking falls! The hike back is much harder as it’s mostly up hill but a great hike! *the trail head is back down the road from the parking area*

hiking
18 days ago

lots of walking along the road if you don't have a truck. loved the waterfall and swimming hole! will definitely come back

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scramble
27 days ago

Great trail! So much fun with the narrows being the reward. The narrows are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Great waterfall!

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate difficulty in my book but the waterfall was worth it. Drive into the forest to the trailhead. Go past the first sign suggesting you have reached Riley Moore Falls Trail because the actual trailhead is well into the forest. There’s a parking area there and you will have a relatively easier hike. Pay attention to the other reviews advice to have 4-wheel drive if you decide to do that.

hiking
1 month ago

Great spot to hang out and relax with a cool waterfall and swimming hole. Definitely need high clearance vehicle to make it to trailhead but the hike along the road isn’t bad and the dirt road that gets you close is well graded for the 4 miles you need to drive on it

Hiked deep step. Nice and shady. Well marked. A good time.

Reaching the end of the trail at the Chatooga River and swimming was the highlight.

Amazing views and a fun hike. More a climb while holding on to roots but fun!

beautiful hike! what goes down must go up though so the out was easy and the back was all uphill

Easier in than out. Well Maintained trail. The falls and beach are super nice.! Despite the warnings we still ended up on the wrong swampy trail. The trail is on the left about 75 yards before the parking lot. The trail entrance is between 2 boulders. If you get on the wrong trail it does meet up with the right trail. Some bugs so bug spray would have been helpful. Very nice trail. I would do it again.

This hike leaves me torn. I really loved the falls. I found the trail to be overgrown, confusing most of the time, and occasionally treacherous. Lots of over trees, ducking branches and practically swinging from the branches in areas.

Absolutely amazing! Pictures don't do it justice. Short hike with several areas to camp and places to swim near the different falls. Only came across two other people, which we love the more secluded hikes so this was perfect! Lots of ups and downs, using rocks and roots as steps, might be difficult for kids or after a rain. Will def be going back!

hiking
2 months ago

Neat falls with a lot of people. Not really much of a hike but looks like a fun place to take kids to swim.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! If you can leave from trail head (need a high clearance vehicle or 4x4), it’s an easy walk. If you have to park on main road and walk to trail head, I’d bump it to moderate for the little kids. The falls are beautiful!

Great hike. A lot of up and downs. My phone counted 52 floors, 11,000 steps, 4.4 miles round trip. The trail ends at a wide river with nice sand. There were a few campers set up near the river.

Great and challenging short hike to three amazing waterfalls. The bottom one looks like it would be safe to swim in. The hike is challenging with lots of steep cliffs sides to climb across. We took our dog and she made it but I would not trust little children on this one. The site has lots of campgrounds. For a first time camper this would be a great place to start.

Nice trail! Cooler than the temps in town. Found an iWatch on the trail. If you think it’s yours check the google reviews of the trail for a photo of the watch.

Great trail, loved swimming at the sandbar except for the whitewater rafters, they like to pull up to the sandbar and have lunch, so you have to share. It’s not a 4.5 out and back, it’s a 2.0 out and back.

hiking
3 months ago

awesome hike, a little tough at the Narrows, have to be careful around the rocks. need bug spray for the gnats ugghh! gorgeous though..well worth it

hiking
3 months ago

The ride to the trail was fun! We had a small size truck and made it in fine! The hike past that trail was 1 mile. Some places say park at road but if you have any small suv/truck or larger drive in. The fall was beautiful and we really enjoyed the swimming area to swim in. Very open space, come and plan to stay a while! Pack snacks and drinks so you don’t need to rush away!

We did deep step trail and it was a rough one. Lots of big ups and downs, and rocky. Was a lot of fun though.

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