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.
dogs on leash
Awesome trail, I would do it again, the falls are beautiful.
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.
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.
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.
Nice afternoon hike!
Beautiful day. A very enjoyable hike, the falls were full. Everything great.
Very beautiful in fall
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.
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.
I think we took the wrong entrance, we parked past the power company in a small gravel lot with very small signs (right before Natahala Forest sign)
Dirt trail that about halfway had a wasp nest so use caution! After about 2 1/2 miles we gave up on lower view and took a very steep trail up to the overlook with a nice view.
Hiked this trail with a friend during fall peak week here. Beautiful colors all along the trail and great view from the overlook toward the falls which was about a quarter mile away. Trail was almost deserted as we passed only a few more hikers on the way in. This trail is moderate and is kept in it's natural condition which gives you a better presentation than a "maintained" trail. once we left the overlook we hiked back down a dirt and gravel road and did some off the trail hiking down to the falls. It was magnificent. Plan to go back when the leaves are gone for a better long distance view of the falls and Lake Jocassee.