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.

6 days ago

Beautiful fall! We hiked this trail during a heavy storm. The water was high at all crossings, 4 in total, in some places up to our knees. Trail is well marked and easy to follow. Several trees down to climb over and some light mud slides in places. Some ups and downs but nothing unmanageable. Parking was excellent- we were able to drive and park our 25’ motor home with no problem. Several places around this paved parking area for picnics but I recommend carrying your food and eating at the fall. We hiked this trail with two kids and several places we had to walk closer together to keep them safely on the trail. This was an exciting hike and the falls were full force and spectacular when we arrived. The temperature is cool and the rocks are big and inviting- a nice place to relax and take in the power of Mother Nature. Due to the storms and conditions we saw only a handful of people on the trail- making it quiet and easy to meld into that place we long for when we hike...peace! ✌

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike. Some hills but not too difficult. A walking stick helps. There are 4 places where you have to cross the creek but there are rocks to step on. A couple of bridges. Nice, well marked trail, many areas with roots. The falls are pretty with rocks to sit on and enjoy lunch. Lots of dogs. We even saw 2 snakes.

hiking
14 days ago

Fairly easy hike the falls were beautiful!

19 days ago

Beautiful hike. Easy with easy incline in a few parts. Falls we're gorgeous. Clean clear trail.

28 days ago

This was a beautiful and diverse hike. My GPS said it was 3 miles, and it wasn't too difficult. This was a wonderful hike for dogs since a stream ran alongside the trail for a bit. There were a couple of spots where the trail crossed these streams, so just be aware of that.

hiking
29 days ago

well marked and great for kids. ups and downs but nothing too bad. waterfall was wonderful! we brought a blanket and sat and had lunch.

1 month ago

Great hike with family

1 month ago

Beautiful day for a hike yesterday. gorgeous trail, well marked and mostly clear. The is up and down a little but not too strenuous. Watch for

1 month ago

So close to home! Always enjoy the trail and the beautiful falls!

1 month ago

Great hike...great falls. Perfect for a relaxing hike for the family!

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall! There are a few places that you have to cross the creek on rocks. Not a huge deal but something that would be better in warm weather. The falls were absolutely beautiful. The trail was clean and marked. We will definitely be headed to see them in the summer!

2 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls

3 months ago

Beautiful waterfall! Fun trail to run.

hiking
3 months ago

Really enjoyed the trail. Couple of really narrow spots made it a little more challenging with our dogs. Only downside was people walking with their dogs without a leash or collar at times and would run up on our dogs which made our dogs a little nervous.

hiking
3 months ago

very crowded,NARROW trails no passing room,trees down across trail needs maintenance. the destination was nice but the jouney was bad.

hiking
4 months ago

Fairly used trail. I went during the week and saw more people than expected. The falls are really nice and provide a nice area to hang out and get away from the summer heat.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike and really well marked/groomed. It's not an easy hike, but I wouldn't call it moderate either. It has a few steeper sections, but nothing that is overly challenging. The hike to the falls is approximately 35 mins or so. We did this hike on Thanksgiving Day morning and were pleasantly surprised to see the amount of activity on the trails that morning.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy to moderate hike depending on the level of experience. We spent about an hour and a half getting out to the falls, as we moved quickly because we were running short on daylight. The falls are very photogenic, and the trail was well maintained.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful falls!

hiking
4 months ago

A moderate hike on Christmas day. 4 miles in 3 hours at a leisurely pace and lunch at the waterfall. The trail is well maintained and clearly marked. There are small streams to cross by leap, rock, log or bridge which break up the long walk. Diverse views and an amazing waterfall make it a favorite.

hiking
5 months ago

In late fall, this hike wasn't that visually stunning, but the waterfall makes up for it. So many ledges and drops! It's beautiful and you could take a million pictures from every angle if you are so inclined. I'd call the hike easy, heading to moderate, depending on how quickly you take it.

5 months ago

Awesome waterfall. Good distance hike to it but it’s very easy.

6 months 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
6 months 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.

hiking
6 months 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.

6 months 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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months 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!!

hiking
7 months 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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