Palmetto Trail to Mill Creek Falls

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Palmetto Trail to Mill Creek Falls is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pickens, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
718 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Gorgeous river and boulder field, excellent waterfall. Awesome hike alongside a beautiful boulder field w/ the river running through it and in some cases under huge boulders. The trail is mostly level except for the approach to the falls which runs uphill fairly steeply. The steep terrain on both sides gives that isolated feel as you go. The right turn to the falls is not clearly marked but you can see a well worn path that parallels the small river.

18 days ago

Went there today, 7/22/18. Could not find the trail for the falls. Checked in at the little store in the campgrounds...they said the trail was closed due to fire damage.

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2 months ago

One of the only hikes in table rock state park that you won’t be surrounded by other hikers the entire time. Beginner - Intermediate level hike. Don’t miss the trail head to the falls, trail right, immediately after the creek crossing. The hike up is breath taking, steep creek with granite cliffs and boulder gardens surrounding. Don’t be a pack mule, be sure to get off trail and look around. Caves, swimming holes, and so much more to be had here .

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2 months ago

A decent trail until you get off onto the spur. Overgrown with nettles at your ankles (hiked in June) Fallen trees block your way on the spur and it’s hard to traverse in general. No views either.

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3 months ago

Great hike, not as easy for us older folks, but well worth it. There are a lot of trees fallen across the trail. In one spot the trail is totally obscured. We tried to follow the track on Alltrails and still ended up off trail. We eventually spotted the trail below us, the descent back down to it was steep. Following the trail back it was not hidden.

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3 months ago

Great easy hike to a pretty waterfall. The the connection spur to the waterfall is unmarked but well established. It ascends rapidly at the very end. Take your time and the view will be well worth your hard work.

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6 months ago

Rather non-eventful hike until you cross the creek and start hiking up to the falls. Still lots of trees across the trail. Trail gets steep through a nice boulder field. Beautiful waterfall but hard to get close to. Recommend hiking this one in the winter as it could be "snakey" in the warmer months.

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8 months ago

Really stunning boulder field and waterfall! The spur trail to the falls can be quite hard to follow after a certain point if there is a lot of leaf litter(ie, the second time I went here). Also, there is one point where you *think* that the trail is blocked but if you keep on walking, there is a path through the downed branches and trees. What I'm saying is, persevere! :) It's an amazing waterfall.

10 months ago

The Palmetto Trail to the Falls Connector Trail is well maintained and was a very nice hike. Once we got on the connector trail there was a lot of downed trees presumably from one of the recent tropical storms or hurricanes that past through or near the area. Very large trees were down across the trail and into the creek. We couldn’t make it all the way to the falls but got close. Overall a nice hike with beautiful scenery.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

The last part of the trail is over grown and it is impossible to get to the end.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

This trail is temporarily closed at the Table Rock State Park Amphitheater ......sign states "due to wildfire"

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Soooo, us there any camping on this trail- perhaps for a small backpacking tent?

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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Great Trail. We are getting back into hiking and it was not tough (just that last climb to the falls was rough but well worth it). Beautiful Falls. It shows another Falls at 3 miles into the Palmetto Trail. What Falls would that be? Anybody know? We found the instructions here on this site very helpful in finding the falls. We even met a family coming back down that seemed almost offended that we knew about it and that it was on a website. I think they wanted it for their little secret. It is a beautiful place - we stayed up at the Falls for at least 30 minutes just enjoying it.

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Monday, March 06, 2017

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saturday, November 28, 2015

recorded First Hike In Years

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Sunday, February 08, 2015