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Yellow Branch Falls Trail is a 3 mile heavily 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 bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 465 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Muddy

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Getting There

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 and then joins the Yellow Branch Falls Trail 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.

Sumter National Forest - (864) 638-9568

PARKING: (Yellow Branch Picnic Area): From From Walhalla drive west on SC 28 for 6.8 miles and left turn into Yellow Branch Picnic Ground (open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round).

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Jared Bryson
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HikingWashed out

Walked the trail 08/09/2020. The trail conditions were fairly decent. Many spots were washed out by the numerous amounts of rain storms the area has encountered since the end of November ‘19. There were hazardous bolts sticking up from the ground in some areas in the creek crossings, so beware. The waterfall has experienced a few changes as a large rock the size of a large home, as well as multiple large trees are blocking a rather beautiful view of the waterfall and creek below. During the summer months (June-August), I would highly advise visitors to stay hydrated and carry small snacks as the weather tends to be very humid and quite hot. Other than that, it’s a low to moderate, yet fun-filled adventure in and out.

Connie Stephens
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Nature tripsScramble

misread the distance on this trail. Thought it was a shorter hike. It was 90° and humid. Didn't prepare and had my 72 year old friend with me. She fell out on me and we had to have rescue get us out. Please carry water and trail mix bars. Stay hydrated.

Nicole Franaszek
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A personal favorite. You go through a variety of landscapes and end at a spectacular waterfall. Since this is a local favorite it can be a bit busier but nothing too bad.

Gina Bowyer
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Hiking
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Michelle Kačer
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Hiking

Mostly full shade trail but heavy foot traffic. The trail could use some maintenance, but otherwise good! You are near streams for most of the hike. When you reach you falls you can soak your feet or go a little deeper.

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Lacey M.
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HikingBlowdown

This was a great trail for me and my 8 year old son. It was very beautiful, with stream crossings and a waterfall and swimming hole waiting at the end. There were a bunch of trees down at the waterfall, but a little scrambling and you can make it past. Loved this hike!

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Christina Crosby
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Hiking

Great trail but expect about a 3 mile round trip if you have kiddos that tire like mine, haha. Very nice hike with lots of mini falls with scenic views, cool bridge crossings with rocks and stones and bridges. Wear some water shoes and wear a bathing suit if you want to play in the water at the falls. Will do again and highly recommend.

Warren Morley
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Hiking

Excellent trail, one of my favs! I would rate easy to moderate, but enough of a workout. The Falls are beautiful!

Ashlyn Silkiner
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Hiking

Lots of trees down right now hindering view

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Megan A
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Hiking

Great hike with the families with kids and pets. The hike has a lot of hills. There is a total of 8 bridges on this hike. Most of the bridges are not your typical bridge. some are stone crossings. The hike is well worth the waterfall view at the end.

Heather Webb
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Hiking

This is the perfect family trail. We went in May and there was a tree down on the far side of the falls. This is one of my favorite to do in the summer because you can work up a little sweat and cool down under the falls when you get there. I do this trail year round because the beauty is magnificent every season! Easy

Marsha Donnelly
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Hiking

Long but worth it in the end . Trail was a little rough for me and my husband but for others I’m sure it’s fine. Nothing to rocky or too bad just long. Narrow in places and not really anywhere to test. Tree down in front of waterfall so be prepared to get wet if you want the full view. No pictures could do this beauty justice. Absolutely breathtaking. We were lucky enough to have it to ourselves just make sure you go in plenty of time to get back before dark. And if you go to another hike or fall go to this one first!

Tonya B.
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HikingMuddy
Amber Tepedino
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Hiking

Great trail and hike. Bring water shoes in order to get close to the falls you have to go through the creek a little bit since the trees are down.

Doug Leugers
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Hiking

We loved this trail. Pretty easy hike. At the end you get the awesome Yellow Branch Falls. There are trees down blocking view of falls, so you will have to climb around to get the full view. There were quite a few people on the trail.

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Amy Hill
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Hiking

Great trail. Very entertaining for the kids ending in a magnificent waterfall. There were lots of people but everyone was great.

Carey H
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HikingBlowdown

My most fave hike in the upstate!!!! The trail is fun with a few small creek crossings and can get a little steep when you get close to the falls. There has been some trees down at the falls but a little climbing brings you right up to the rock face with little wading pools. This is a family fave.....even the pup loves it!

Jefferson Giles
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Hiking

Great easy hike. One of the few times I had the place to myself. One big blowdown at the falls but once you maneuver through it , it’s like you have the falls to yourself with a wall up

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Alina Ponomarenko
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Hiking

Trail was awesome! I would say this trail is hike/nature walk. Very easy for all ages. There was a huge tree that fell in front of the entire waterfall because of the storms...but you can still see the waterfall. If you hike through past the tree, you get better views of the waterfall. I hope someone gets the tree out of the way so the older folks get good views too. There was the sweetest older couple we met along the way and I wish they got to experience the full view like we did.

Lilliana Cole
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. One of the loop sides is unable to be hiked due to trees down. Trees being down also create a barrier to the falls view. You are able to wade through the water to perch on rocks below. I did see a red and black snake that about stopped my heart and found out later it wasn’t poisonous, nonetheless I will be researching snake safety in this area because I’m not from around here y’all ;) Happy Trails!

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Heather Bridges
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HikingMuddy

This trail is 2 miles to the falls so 4 miles total. We saw 3 different snakes on the trail coming back and they were quite close to the trail. The trail was quite fun and easy for the first part. Jumping and hopping on rocks to cross the creek at 3 different spots. The trail is very narrow for at least a mile. There are not very many places to actually sit down and rest. There is very little room for people to pass by on the trail. The branches and trees cover up a good view of the falls. This is definitely a hike that you should go down if you just love the walk and not as much the destination. It is hilly on the last leg of the trail & with muddy areas, my running shoes were sliding. 4 days after the hike & my calves are still screaming at me- so sore from the hike. At the falls, it’s muddy and you have to sit on the ground in the mud if you want to rest.

Katie D.
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

The mountain laurel was on full display. Gorgeous hike - one of the best in the Upstate. There were a few large trees down in from of the falls that obstructs some of the view. Also, to the kid who carved “Will You Go To Prom With Me?” in the big tree by the falls, I hope she said no and kicked your ass down the river.

Stephanie Pierce
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Walking

Great trail, unfortunately a lot of trash left behind from the holiday weekend so I spent a lot of time trying to pick up after other lazy humans. But it’s a beautiful waterfall and totally worth the hike! Please be mindful and don’t litter our gorgeous forests.

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Sara Summers
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HikingBlowdown
Wayne Piggford
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Hiking

There were many downed trees in front of the waterfall

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Skylar Purser
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

Beautiful trail, but a lot of storm damage.

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Rachel Sadens
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HikingMuddy

Great easy trail considering all the rain lately. Definitely muddy but the trail is well maintained. Waterfall was just beautiful and worth the hike. A few creek crossings but manageable. Saw all types of people hiking the trail but not too busy for a Friday afternoon. Probably more popular on the weekend.

Tyneshia Hayes
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Hiking

Great Trail. This was my families first trail, my children are 8 and 10. We all loved it

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