Yellow Branch Falls Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Walhalla, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
465 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

The hike to Yellow Branch Falls is a backtrack hike over moderate terrain that ends at a beautiful 50-foot vertical waterfall with many individual cascades. The hike begins at the picnic area off of SC 28 and follows a connector trail for 0.2 miles and then joins the Yellow Branch Falls Trail for 1.3 miles to the waterfall. On the route you pass through groves of dignified hardwood and meander across a number of streams. In the winter you can see the Town of Walhalla in the distance when the trees are bare. The National Forest Service recommends that you wear sturdy shoes and use extra caution during wet conditions on this hike as the trail skirts the edges of deep ravines.

2 days ago

Great hike with well marked trail. Waterfall is beautiful.

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13 days ago

Fantastic hike to a beautiful waterfall! Not too difficult 1.5 mile one way. Creek crossings, wild flowers. Will be gorgeous in peak fall color season with all the hardwoods!

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24 days ago

The waterfall is worth it!!

25 days ago

Great hike a couple weeks ago, not too crowded due to the potential hurricane, trail was well maintained. One group of hikers on the trail did report seeing a mother bear and two cubs though, bring your bear spray with you.

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1 month ago

Trail well maintained. Pup loved it, a few streams to cross and the falls are gorgeous. Bring the bug spray.

1 month ago

BREATHTAKING ! this hike is more like 4 miles I would say and it really should be categorized as moderate. Alot of tree routes and some uphill on the way back. We definitely worked up a sweat! Now one thing that really disappointed us was the restrooms. We wanted to use the restrooms before starting our hike but as soon as we opened the door, we literally ran out! There was poop everywhere! On the floor,walls and toilet. That was shocking. But you know, we forgot about it once we saw the awesome falls.

1 month ago

it's a beautiful hike. the waterfall is georgous. the trail is well maintained and is marked well with orange blazes. It has 4 creek crossings on it. with all that being said I think the trail should be marked as a moderate hike. the hike out is uphill most of the way.

2 months ago

Nice fairly easy hike to an amazing waterfall!

2 months ago

Nice hike to a beautiful waterfall. Enjoyed the scenery on the way also. This is not an easy hike, though. It should be rated as moderate.

2 months ago

Wonderful! The trail has it's ups and downs, but it's really beautiful all along the way. God's handiwork all around you. And then you get to the waterfall. Breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL. Stunning. Words do not do it justice. Do yourself a favor and seek out this lovely trail!

2 months ago

Great trail. The waterfall is beautiful. I'll be hiking it again soon.

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2 months ago

Great trail, awesome hike, amazing waterfall.

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2 months ago

Easy, well marked trail to hike.
This waterfall is my absolute favorite. To say that it’s stunningly beautiful is a complete understatement! It’s truly magical!
100% worth the drive and the hike to get to it!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with great reward payoff at the end. Falls were awesome and definitely highly recommended! I prefer this set of falls over Station Cove honestly. I was there all by myself in the AM! Dog did great too!

2 months ago

Fav trail!

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2 months ago

Loved this one! It’s well marked, multiple easy creek crossings, beautiful falls! I recommend dipping your feet in the water & enjoying the refreshing cold water!

2 months ago

Enjoyed the distance and views with bridges. Narrow at certain areas but the waterfall was well worth it!

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3 months ago

This was a great trail! Very well maintained, muddy in some spots but easy to get around. Love love love crossing the creeks! The waterfall is spectacular and a great place to take a break and cool off before hiking out. Can’t wait to visit this one again!

3 months ago

This is a well maintained and well marked trail. We have had some bad storms this summer, so there are a couple downed trees that you will need to maneuver. Also, it is muddy and slick in places. Young children will need to be watched carefully. There are some moderate drop offs. The stream crossings are fun and easy and add to the variety on this trail. Lots of roots, so hiking shoes are advised. Because we’ve had a lot of rain, the falls were amazing!!! All in all a really enjoyable hike.

3 months ago

Very convenient to Highlands or Clemson.
Nice walk through mixed hardwood forest to beautiful wide falls. Several stream crossings but trail is reasonably well-maintained.
Hiked with wife and teenage kids. Reasonably fit but not in a hurry, took approximately 50 minutes each way. We hiked in a drizzle- barely felt the rain.
Best view of the falls is across the creek so you’ll want to wade. Walking stick recommended.
Pit toilet in parking lot.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike & fabulous falls. Really enjoyed this trail. The dog loved it too! Pass over 4-5 creeks. Well marked & well maintained.

3 months ago

Stunning falls and nice trail!

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Really great hike. The falls are absolutely amazing! Well worth the hike. May not be great for little kids. A lot of tree roots on the trail. Older kids should be just fine.

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3 months ago

Easy to moderate hike. It’s July 7th, cloud cover, and temp was a very abnormal 74°, but humidity rose pretty high about half way in. Very nice and temperate at base of falls.
The rain has been good lately, so the falls were fantastic. Well worth the hike and the sweat.
We will return in the fall.

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3 months ago

Beautiful! The trail is easy to moderate in some areas with a few steep areas. There were people of ages from small children to seniors. The waterfall at the end is absolutely worth it! My husband and I also climbed the rocks and sat under the waterfall. The water is cold but so refreshing! If you’re going to climb, you have to be very careful on the rocks and make sure you have your footing and someone there to help guide you down just to be safe.

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3 months ago

This was a great hike with a beautiful waterfall providing a scenic and refreshing shower! We had our small dog Ava with us and she loved it.

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4 months ago

Well worth the hike!

4 months ago

great

4 months ago

great hike. had the little one with us, the falls were beautiful

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