Long Creek Falls is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Long Creek, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 610 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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nature trips

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running

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river

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waterfall

scramble

Trail is good until the end when it drops steeply into area of the falls which is near the river. Do NOT take the first descent on the left as it leads to a cliff overlooking the Chatooga River and NOT the falls. It is a BEASTLY climb out. Fabulous falls that flows into the river. Beautiful place!!!

hiking
15 days ago

What an incredible waterfall! Right on the Chattooga River! Breathtaking! Challenging hike down to the falls and river but most definitely worth it!!!!

hiking
bugs
over grown
15 days ago

22 days ago

Good flat trail until you head down to the actual river. Very steep, rocky, rooty. You will need good shoes with grip on the bottom to help. Good balance is helpful. The river is beautiful and so are the falls but that hike in and out is brutal.

hiking
over grown
scramble
26 days ago

Wonderful hike through the woods to this waterfall. Very peaceful and not high in traffic either. Will say the slope down to the waterfall is quite slippery and you’ll have to walk through some somewhat deep water in some areas to get closer to it. But it’s absolutely beautiful and I’m sure a great swimming spot during summer too. The river bordering to the SC/GA line was choppy and wouldn’t recommend swimming in it. Tubing, boating and fishing for sure if you wanted at other entry points. It’s a great spot tho. There is a perfect little sandy beach spot for camping too.

hiking
29 days ago

This is a great shorter hike with a good payoff. Beware that the final 100yds or so is very vertical and some people may have issues on the final stretch. The falls are beautiful and sit almost directly on the Chattooga River. Quick Video of our hike: https://youtu.be/_Ro6hGJW6i4

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful. Hike was nice and relaxed, only one section of incline/decline. waterfall was amazing

hiking
1 month ago

Rocky road leading up to trailhead followed by nice trail with a few muddy spots (but hiked just after a rainy night). Steep downhill to falls, but absolutely beautiful and rushing after recent rain.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Awesome trail. Really loved it. Make sure to not bring small kids on this though. Once you see the waterfall it’s a straight down with nothing but roots and trees and stones to go down. It’s pretty steep too. It’s hell getting back up. But totally worth it all. The waterfall is gorgeous and if it was warmer, I would have spent more time in the water. But it was pretty frigid. The River was pretty intense so depending on the day you can probly swim there but I’d advise against it as it’s fairly deep. More for tubing or kayaking and even fishing. Really enjoyed this hike though.

nature trips
muddy
1 month ago

The ground was a little muddy, but the paths where fine. The last bit was very steep...worth the climb.

Very nice trail. Not very busy. Waterfall is amazing as is the river. If you cross the creek you can climb up to the base of the waterfall. Would recommend for a 1-2 hour walk and maybe 1 hour at the falls. Like others said steep at the end but not that bad. The first maybe .5 mile is a dirt road and the rest (about a mile) is a narrow trail with the last .1-2 mile being steep. Will come back soon to this and opossum which is right next to it. As of April 18, 2020 it is open.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate hike until the last section that drops steeply down to the river. Saw lots of pretty wildflowers along the way and it should be really pretty in May when all the rhododendrons will be blooming. I recommend taking hiking poles mainly for the last steep descent to the river, which is really the only way to see the full waterfall. Poles were also very handy coming back up! You can go to the base of the falls but to do so, you must cross a short section of the river. River was really high due to the rain, so we just enjoyed the view from the rocks along the river. Nice lunch spot on the big rocks by the river. A great hike and we only saw 2 other families during the 3 hour hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful falls that flows right into the Chattooga. Only a handful of people there all day and it was a Saturday.

hiking
scramble
2 months ago

Great trail. Gets sort of steep at the and towards the waterfall. Do you feel like you go down into a hole of roots and dirt and Rhododendron at the end. Could be hard for older people. It’s only like that at the end though.

hiking
2 months ago

Today the trail was in good shape. Any past blow downs have detours or are cut through. It's still winter, so not overgrown and no bugs, but it's winter in the South, so the temperature was in the 50s, which is great for hiking. We crossed the water to get a closer look at the falls. The water was cold, and the current was stronger than usual because of the wet winter we've had, but it was worth it. The falls are gorgeous!

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail. Normal for the most part, fairly flat until the end at the falls. Then it was a scramble downhill to waterfall and Chatooga River and then back out to normal trail. Hiked on January 1st so no overgrown trail issues, but you can see where it would be when brush is grown. Waterfall is beautiful and trail is enjoyable.

blowdown
muddy
over grown
scramble
7 months ago

I could not access the falls. It was covered with downed trees. Very steep and dangerous descent to it. I left the kids at the top while I tried to find a safe way to access the falls, and unfortunately I couldn't find one. I got a small glimpse of it from the side, and it really did look beautiful.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
washed out
9 months ago

hiking
blowdown
over grown
scramble
10 months ago

If I could give this trail zero stars I would. We hiked the entire trail (running into spider webs the entire way) and when we got to the waterfall access the trail was completely covered with fallen trees, so we were unable to view the falls. However, if they would clear the trail I am sure it would be a beautiful hike.

hiking
over grown
10 months ago

Steep climb down for the last few minutes but otherwise an easy trail. It’s a bit overgrown in places so I’d recommend long pants in the summer to avoid poison ivy, etc. Not anything special until the waterfall, but well worth it! As per any hike near water in the summer, be cautious about snakes and bring Tevas or something similar to wade. Really beautiful spot!

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