Big Bend Falls Trail

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Big Bend Falls Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Rest, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.0 miles
1,056 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly





nature trips






wild flowers


This trail is a nice relaxing walk through a quite forest to one of the most powerful waterfalls in South Carolina.

4 months ago

If you have trouble finding the start of the trail based on this apps directions like I did than drive past the cherry hill recreation center and about a mile or two up the road is a side road to the left named F708. Turn down that road and drive about 3 miles down the dirt road until you see the sign for a campground. Park in the campgrounds parking lot and walk down past the gate towards the campground and go to the very last campsite along the river. There will be a sign for the Chattooga River trail which is the trail you should follow. There will be an area where the trail splits into three directions, just keep following the green and white blazes along the trail until you see the small side trail that leads to the falls. It's not an official path so it is slightly dangerous to trek down but it will take you out right beside the falls which are breathtaking.

7 months 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.

11 months ago

To clear up the confusion about the area near the "end" of the trail:
You'll reach an area with a creek to your right and several signs and diverging trails. In order to continue on to the bend and awesome view of the rapids, don't cross the footbridge on the right, continue forward taking the trail marked with white and green blazing. You'll follow the trail for a bit above the river and eventually start switching back to descend.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

easy but narrow trail... on the way there you follow the blue marks on trees.....till the end where there are signs and pathways that split to other trails. one of the signs you could not we turned around.....we did the total 6 miles though but we never found the water/big bend falls....

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Somewhat narrow but well-blazed trail. Trail maintenance was not a serious issue. Fairly easy with no real steep areas. Very secluded: I did not meet another person on my hike. Big Bend Falls is easier to hear than it is to see.

Friday, April 14, 2017


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hit the trail again today. One I got to the intersection with the fishing trail, I headed downhill then came up the foothills Trail. Very good walk and didn't see a soul.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Very nice trail. Some maintenance has been completed in the trail in the last couple of months.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Trail is not well marked. We didn't find the falls but we did find a super cool campsite on the other side of the river. There was a copperhead snake sunning near the site.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Cute little trail, the river was amazing though it was a bit low at the time.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Nice trail, could use a little maintenance though considering many fallen trees were blocking the path. The water was wonderful, so clear and cool! We had a great time, even though we couldn't find the falls.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Did a loop missed a trail that was not marked. Walked about two miles passed it.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Great trail! Falls are not well marked and a little tricky to find. Dog friendly. Cooler temps since the trail follows the river. Worth repeating.

Friday, October 09, 2015

A nice trail with a decent falls and nice area for photos for sure.
Sadly for us there was a few trees down right at the start of Big Bend Rd so instead of being able to drive down the road to start the hike we ended up having to add 1.5 miles one way to even get to the start of the trail.

If you have the ability to have 2 vehicles. Park one at Big Bend rd or over at Cherry Hill Rec area and park the other at Burells Ford Rd. You can get in a pretty good hike that will head to Big Bend falls then back track where you can take the other trail to Burells Ford. Beautiful scenery and most of the trail follows the Chattoga river. Hearing the water rushing is just so peaceful and soothing.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

My friend and I took our kids (7 total!) ages from 5-11 and had a blast. It's just tough enough for the kids that they can make it but feel really good about themselves in completing. Found a campground that was really well cleared out and some very useful things had been left behind for people to use. Took us a couple of hours in and a couple of hours out with the kids. Great fishing holes and places for the kids to play in the river. We did come across a couple of rattle snakes sunning themselves in the trail on our way out which added excitement to the day!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

We only made it about a mile before we had to turn around because of rain..we had our 3 year old with us and 9 month old on my back. So we couldn't get stuck in the rain. Mason (the 3yo) had a hard time but he did make it back up the steep climb! (I have awesome kids)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Our group came across Big Bend Trail by a bit of luck. We had just returned from a morning on Winding Stairs Trail and were eating lunch by the north entrance near Cherry Hill Campground. One of our members noticed another trailhead sign across the road and we decided to spend the afternoon on the trail since we enjoyed our first hike so much.

We were slightly let down at the start as there wasn't much scenery during the hike. We had about 2 hours before we had to be back at our lodge site for dinner and we were determined to find out what was at the end of trail. We could see on google maps that it came to a point along the Chattooga River, so we powered through the trail. A couple of neat wooden bridges along the walk, but otherwise it was a fairly average trail. Not a lot of sun came through the trees which gave it a dingy feel.

We were stoked when we realized we were close to the end and nearly ran to find out what lie ahead of us. The area that it opens up to was such a great reward that it made the average scenery during the hike completely worth it. There were plenty of rocks to traipse on and a great photo spot. We spent about 20 minutes hanging around there before rushing back. We wished we could have spent more time there, it was very secluded and peaceful that it would have been awesome to hang out there longer. Seemed like an awesome fishing spot as well. Overall it was well worth the trip and we were so glad to have stumbled upon this trail.

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