Wildcat Wayside Nature Trail

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Wildcat Wayside Nature Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cleveland, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles
137 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running






Located off the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC 11/US276), Wildcat Wayside Nature Trail is an easy loop of around 0.9 miles with an upper and lower falls. The trail is primarily used for hiking and accessible year-round. The lower falls can be viewed from the parking area. The upper falls can be viewed by hiking the trail loop. The loop takes you through a beautiful forest and along a stream. Signs at the upper falls encourage hikers to stay on the trail and not attempt to navigate the area at the base of the falls as there have been fatal accidents in the past.

1 month ago

Easy hike only 15-20 minutes form Travelers Rest with roadside parking.

1 month ago

Awesome! Quick a and dirty for good waterfall views.

2 months ago

nice loop, we walked it counterclockwise. upper falls are quite tall.

3 months ago

Good stop for nice pictures, picnic and stretch your legs. Great for kids to have fun in the water. Easy enough for all ages

4 months ago

This is a fun, short, free adventure a 20 minute drive fromTraveler's Rest. The most beautiful part is visible from the roadside. The upper Cascades are not very picturesque - basically a huge slab of rock with a few trickles of water. The trail at the upper falls crosses the creek. This part can be dangerous, especiallly without good shoes. Other than that tricky crossing, it is an easy, interesting, short hike. Bring the family. Unfortunately, uncaring adventurers have scattered a little litter and trash recently which cheapens the view in places.

4 months ago

very nice and easy - about 1-1.5 mile total loop. right off the road there is a small pond and waterfall, then a little walk up is a stone foundation of an old building with a cool info board. about a half a mile up from there and you get to the "waterfall" cascading down a huge slab of rock. cool place to adventure around - wouldn't recommend hiking higher than there. it loops back around a half a mile.

5 months ago

I loved this trail! It was nicely shaded and had so many beautiful views. We went on a Friday and only saw a few people there. I hope to get back to this little hidden gem soon.

7 months ago

Pretty waterfalls and a nice loop. Some trash on the trail though.

7 months ago

Well maintained trail dog and kid friendly... good luck keeping your feet dry!

7 months ago

This trail was a great road side find. You can see a small double layer waterfall from the road, however if you walk further you will come to a fork in the path if you go to the right it seems to be easier then if you go to the left. This trail does make a big loop took me a little over and hour to complete with 3 small kids plus I had knee surgery a 2 months ago. The trail is well marked even where you cross the rocks over the waterfall.

8 months ago

Easy, scenic one mile loop with three waterfalls and streams. The lower falls have a nice wading pool. Great hike for kids and dogs.

9 months ago

easy trail. beautiful waterfalls

10 months ago

Lots of water crossings. We went after a big rain so the water level was higher. Wet hiking shoes but it was an amazing falls! So so beautiful. We will return!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

easy trail. great for kids.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Nice easy walk, good hike for dogs and kids. Watch your steps on the rocks by the falls. Was dry so just a trickle at the falls. Still enjoyable.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Our good friends took us here for our first hike ever. Fairly easy to do even for a 61 yo recovering from health issues. Unfortunately the drought has robbed the various waterfalls of all but a trickle. Will definitely come back when the water returns. Still a great Sunday hike with friends.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The trail was a decent hike. Unfortunately, we have had such a dry summer that when we reached the waterfall there was no water :(

Monday, July 11, 2016

Really good for a beginner or someone who is recovering from health issue like me and starting hiking all over again! e
Vasy hike for children

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Good 5 year old and up early age hike. Solid loop with easy access to parking. Got my girls interested in hiking!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Nice hike with two year old gson. Not much water coming over the falls.

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