Bad Creek Trailhead to Upper Whitewater Falls

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Bad Creek Trailhead to Upper Whitewater Falls is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,151 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

The hike from the parking area at the Bad Creek Trailhead (which gives access to the Foothills Trail, as well as the hike to Lower Whitewater Falls overlook) follows the Whitewater River upsteam, ending at Upper Whitewater Falls.  These falls have a drop of over 400 feet, and are easily accessible by most folks ... you can drive to within a half a mile of them, and follow a paved walkway to the overlook. But if you're looking for a bit more of a challenge (AND make this beauty even more appreciated!!), park down at the Bad Creek Trailhead and follow this hike up. Most all the climbing occurs in the second half of the hike, making the first portion a very pleasant walk along a gorgeous river, complete with lots of rapids created by numerous large boulders and rocks throughout the river's pathway. There are numerous ladders and wooden staircases placed along the trail to assist the hiker in climbing some of the steeper, rockier areas.

hiking
15 days ago

This was a beautiful hike. You get to hear the water babbling as you hike for much of the trail. We were unsure if we were in the right path at first. You leave the parking lot and start hiking. At the first sign, follow the blue blazes to the left. After about a mile and crossing two bridges, go left following the white blazes. Much of the hike is easy but I would consider the last mile difficult. Many stairs and rock scrabbling. It took us 3:20 there and back. We had a dog with us but the last mile with ladders, boulders, and stairs are not dog friendly. We also were brushing ticks off us. DEET would be good to spray before heading out.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, we started at Bad Creek parking area on the Duke Engergy property. The initial hike to the Whitewater trail is 0.7 miles, then another 2.3 to the Falls over look. The The hike is easy until you cross the river at the second bridge over Whitewater RIver, then it is more challenging. Return is mostly downhill, it took us about 1.5 hour to the top and another 1 hour to return to the car. Well worth the hike to see this beautiful powerful waterfall!

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