Yellow Branch Falls Trail

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Yellow Branch Falls Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Walhalla, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 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
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
541 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.

hiking
2 days ago

3 days ago

A good easy 2 hour hike there and back. Have to jump the stream in a few places but completely doable. Very beautiful and calming wanted to stay longer but getting close to sundown. Will revisit this one with the kids for sure.

hiking
7 days ago

This is by far my favorite hike so far. (I'm a newbee) It is a moderate hike and it does not loop around therefore you will hike back the same way. It could be a little wet and slippery but definitely worth it. You will come across about three small Bridges and maybe three small Rapids to hop over. we took a backpack and enjoyed lunch at the bottom of the rocks on the fall and appreciated the sound of the waterfall and nature. I really enjoyed this hike and recommended to everyone.

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7 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful hike in the fall. It was a bit wet and slippery in places but the trail is well marked and has lots of diversity. I would not call it easy but more moderate but a very nice hike. The waterfall at the end was beautiful and worth the effort. We would do this again.

15 days ago

Nice trail. A little narrow towards the falls end. Forest Service is sometimes a little slow at trail maintenance, bit overall they do a good job. Nice set of falls at the end, and a beautiful place to sit and eat a snack.

16 days ago

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19 days ago

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28 days ago

Beginner/intermediate level of hiking. Pretty Falls. Heavily trafficked.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Love this walk!! The waterfall is amazing, but maybe not quite as breathtaking as some others in the region. Definitely in the top 5 or 6 in terms of beauty. HOWEVER, the hike in is wonderful! Just did this for the second time in two weeks...because I wanted to go back with other friends.

What make the hike so nice? Variety, lots of variety!! The trail starts and follows a cute stream and goes through a very "rainforest" type of environment. Then you cross a creek a few times (easily), meander along some high slopes, cross some wooden bridges, little uphill, little downhill, some flat sections, pretty mountain views through the trees, some steps, some narrow areas, and at the end - a beautiful waterfall! And lots of rocks to climb on at the base if you're up for it!! And very, very dog-friendly.

Although there is plenty of up and downhill... we never found ourselves out of breath or needing any kind of break.

One of our favorite hikes in the area so far!!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Well kept trail several bridges and at least 4 creek crossings via utilizing rocks to cross. Be mindful of rain as these creeks swell quickly and at least one of these crossings is really fast moving. Speaking from experience. The trail appears moderately traveled and we didn’t come across anything strenuous just enough to get the blood pumping a bit. I would definitely hike it again.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Not super difficult but definitely not stroller accessible. Made it work over half way through then too much. would do this again without babies

hiking
1 month ago

Great waterfall and fun hike to get there.

hiking
1 month ago

Kid friendly. Beautiful trail. Decent waterfall.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I've been to lots of falls in the region; this is surprising for its height and size! Be prepared to have to take some big steps at spots and watch your feet for roots towards the end. I went with my folks who are 70 and 75 (my Mom with an artificial knee) and they made it just fine. So the trail's as easy as this app describes—the payoff is beautiful.