Lower Whitewater Falls

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Lower Whitewater Falls is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, South Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1000 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 day ago

6 days ago

Gorgeous view of falls! Well marked beautiful trail. No crowds.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice day hike... viewing deck is small but luckily there were few people on the trail. Note that as you walk from the parking area to the top of the 1st rise the trail continues to the left. The trail that goes to the right leads down the steep incline to the lake and is very over grown.

hiking
2 months ago

off road driving
2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

4 months ago

Awesome trail, I would do it again, the falls are beautiful.

4 months ago

5 months ago

5 months ago

A nice moderate trail to a gorgeous view of the falls. Well worth the hike. An exceptional viewing deck overlooking the falls. This is definitely a falls not to miss.

hiking
6 months ago

Great Trail but distance is longer than what is recorded by about 1/2 mile. Waterfalls were awesome, but from a distance. I thought it as a moderate trail, however, there are some spots that are more strenuous. Well marked trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike-well marked trails. If I had not read other reviews about the end of the hike being at such a distance it would have been disappointing- but beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Nice afternoon hike!

hiking
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Beautiful day. A very enjoyable hike, the falls were full. Everything great.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Very beautiful in fall

hiking
Friday, October 16, 2015

agree that the trail distances are inaccurate. Liked it more than Upper bc it was less busy and not paved. Rainy day, only encountered 3 people on the hike (including someone hiking with an umbrella! )

The platform was slippery - view nice. Would love to scramble down and explore falls more.

hiking
Friday, September 25, 2015

If you are wanting a view of a very nice falls from a good distance away you might like this trail. If you are looking to dip your toes in the falls, forget about it. There are a few nice stream crossings that you are able to cool off and let the dogs catch a drink.
I also agree with Matt Masem and the other with the distance and signs. It's all off on distance.

For me the end result of the view platform of the falls was just a let down.