Lee Falls Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tamassee, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until October.
Beautiful falls at the end! Overgrown though:
I highly recommend this trail. Not clear directions on where the trail starts, but definitely a great trail once you find it.
My favorite falls! The hike to get to the falls is great, you will go through fields, over logs fallen in the path, navigate through several streams by balancing on rocks or fallen logs and then climb up the rocks to the high falls. It's great!!!
This was a great relaxing and fun trail! Most of the trail is really easy, though it is not marked super well and can be a little confusing at some points. I did have to stop and question if I was on the path at a few points. You do have to cross through some creek beds, and the first one doesn't really have any rocks to step on, so be prepared for wet feet. There are also several fallen trees to climb over, but nothing difficult.
Once you get to the first little water fall, be prepared to climb. To get to the large, main waterfall, you have to go to the left and follow the not very well maintained path over fallen trees and rocks. It is definitely manageable, but also a little bit of a fun challenge and totally worth it if you make it all the way up right by the waterfall. If it was warmer out, I would have probably attempted to get closer to the mist of the falls.
We hiked this trail last summer... and hated it. The stinging nettles were very overgrown and we were wearing shorts (not smart on our part). We just hiked it again in January and loved it! The nettles were practically nonexistent. The part through the grassy fields is a nice cool down on the way back, especially after climbing up and down the rocks and logs. Overall it is a pretty easy hike though. The waterfall was flowing nicely after a bit of rain and snow melt. Picturesque and peaceful.
Amazing, fun to drive to and find. The first part of the hike is a bit ho-hum, but nicely broken up by crossing the stream a few times. One you get into the woods it's a lot of fun climbing the logs. Then, one you get to the base of the waterfalls and climb up it's amazing. Being at the base and looking straight up into the falls is awesome. 10/10
My favorite hike and waterfall in SC! It's also said to be the "most scenic" on the state. Can be a bit confusing to find, I had to ask a forest worker myself, but the hassle was well worth it! Beautiful fields, you have to cross and leap some streams, and climb over some boulders, but the payoff makes it all worth it! Gorgeous waterfall, lots of places to sit, rest, eat lunch and take it all in. I was able to walk right under the falls and let it drench me. I love everything about this place.
This trail is absolutely gorgeous, but is somewhat difficult to follow. The pink flags described in some of these comments have been taken down. Wear long pants as there is walking across tall grassy fields, as well as a lot of poison ivy and stinging nettles. Don't let this discourage your trip, we were the only people on the trail and the view at the end was well worth it.
I had a great time figuring this trail out. You just need to read up on it before you go. Fields for days and you might have to take your shoes off and wade through the creeks, esp after it rains but it's worth it. You basically have to rock climb to get to the falls but that's kind of the best part. Def a fun adventure for me.
Well worth the effort. I loved the hike and the climb at the end to get to the falls. Yes it takes some effort but is so worth it!
The falls is well worth the climb. I thought it was an easy hike with a rocky climb at the end.
Well worth the effort.
The trail, itself, takes some attention to get there--shout out to previous posts! The meadows you pass through initially are gorgeous and easy, flat, as most of the trail is after you pass into the woods (thus, two stars instead of just one). However, I couldn't even get to where I could see (or hear) the falls due to steep inclines with loose stone and soil I didn't feel safe on even hands and knees almost rock climbing, and had to turn back. Unless there is SERIOUS trail maintenance and reconstruction, I would NOT recommend this trail to even adventurous hikers. Poorly marked and hard to follow in the underbrush and fallen trees even with the red/pink ribbons, which were sparse.