Explore the most popular river trails in South Carolina with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

spectacular. stunning. fearful. extremely difficult. 12 miles including the connectors. allow 7 hours. easy to get lost or take a tumble. i did both.loved it. quite a challenge.

This is a great trail that winds through some unfamiliar swampland. Extensive storm damage with fallen trees causes quite a few diversions from the "normal" route, but trail markers are frequent and updated making it difficult to get lost. It gets a little buggy near the river, so wear bug spray, but the views are beautiful. Dog friendly, and easy to run so long as you don't mind hopping a few downed trees.

My husband and I went to the walk for the first time, in hopes to find the waterfall, but not only did we not find it, no one even knew it had a waterfall! I would love it if someone who knows where it is would post! I want to come back to see if We can find it??

Super fun ! Super easy ! The walk down is a breeze, but the walk back up is kind of rough .

The reward at the end is definitely worth the hike! My children (ages 6-13) and I completed this in November. I would give this a "moderate" instead of difficult rating for anyone who hikes even as little as bi-monthly.

The road getting to the trail was a little rough. You drive over two creeks. The trail is beautiful. The waterfalls are clean and flowing strong.

Nice level trail with a couple of informational stops . Brought 2 kids and they enjoyed it.

Excellent place to see the beauty of the Lowcountry

12 days ago

Very nice hike. Beautiful falls.

Wonderful hike with an incredible reward at the end. Highly recommended!

a little hard to find the trailhead. unless you have a good 4x4 don't try to drive down the dirt road, just walk it to be safe. Really fun waterfall with great swimming hole in the summer! Lots of fun!

12 days ago

I fly fished the chatooga. started at burells ford. beautiful trail and so very easy. Great Day!

12 days ago

Nice little trail that's close to home. There is a neat swampy area with lots of diff bird species.

Great hike. Dogs and humans enjoyed it very much!

Trail is very well maintained! For being right outside of Charleston, it’s perfect to get away for the day and go hiking. The trail is fairly easy to walk - some roots and soft marsh spots. Also, love that it’s dog friendly!! We took our two dogs and had a blast. There were quite a bit of people out walking with their dogs and riding bikes, so it gets some traffic on the weekends. Definitely a hidden gem!

My favorite part of the Lake Conestee trail system. Great lake view at the end. Very easy hike.

Fun place to hike and get out in nature. Lots of birds, turtles, and other wildlife. The loop doesn’t exist though, wish it did! Connects to the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Variety of trail surfaces including pavement, wooden, and dirt (sometimes mud). Lots of little lookouts to enjoy the wildlife.

Roadside waterfalls, very nice. Be careful, many people have gotten hurt or lost their lives climbing on the falls. There is always a guy parked here selling boiled peanuts!! The trail continues beyond the roadside waterfalls to another upper falls, nice hike, very easy.

17 days ago

I did this hike on Sunday, March 4th, my second time doing this hike, the weather was great! TI really enjoyed this trail. It is an easy hike with a beautiful waterfall. Huge boulders all covered in moss. The waterfalls falls into a gorge. We had just had rain last week so there was plenty of water at the falls. I got some great photos which I have uploaded.
After passing thru the gate you will go hike thru 4 wildlife fields. There are several creek crossings. The first creek crossing there are no rocks so expect to get your shoes wet. All of the other crossings there are rocks or tree limbs for crossing. After the 4th field the trail is in the right corner of the field. The trail is not marked and there are several more tributary of Tamassee Creek along the way. At one tributary the tails goes left and less traveled trail to the right, "be sure to go left and cross the creek". Be sure to stay left of the creek, whenl you get within 300 - 400 feet of the falls, at this point you have to pick your way thru the rocks and boulders to get closer to the falls. Be sure that you are on the left side of Tamassee Creek to get to the falls.

Directions from Travelers Rest, SC -- from SunRift Adventure parking lot, travel on 276 to Hwy 11
Go 44.7 miles from Sunrift until you turn right onto Cheohee Valley Road

from Cleveland SC US Post office you will travel another 34.9 miles
from the Moorefield Memorial Hwy/Hwy 11 intersection you will travel another 19 mile
At Cheohee Valley Road there is a brown sign on the left side of Hwy 11 that says Piedmont Forestry Center, SC Forestry Commission.

Turn right onto Cheohee Valley Road.
Go 2.1 miles and turn left on Tamassee Knob Road
Drive another 0.50 miles and turn right on Jumping Branch Road
Then another 1.5 mile to the second dirt/gravel road, it is not marked but you want FS715A
Go approximately 0.7 miles to a dirt parking area on the right just before a concrete bridge. You will see the gate and fields.
The path immediately goes into the field past the gate.

Have fun!

The trail length is around 5 miles total. Pretty hike.

19 days ago

Great park for easy hiking and viewing waterfalls. We take our pig for a walk here and love visiting City Scape Winery and Happy Cow Creamery nearby!

19 days ago

Unable to find trail head. Directions went to a dirt road and there was no trail.

on Savannah River Bluffs

19 days ago

Very nice trail with a lovely view of the river. Well marked and easy to follow. Some decent hills which is nice for this area.

20 days ago

Our trip was on Oct 30th 2017. We backpacked in and camped at site 11, just before Jones Gap Falls. The portion of the trail we hiked to get to our camp site was gorgeous, fun and challenging at times with the rocky terrain. We LOVED site 11, it was roomy with the sounds of the river and nearby waterfall. I would have loved to stay longer and explore more of the trail, definitely plan to return to hike some more.

24 days ago

Excellent loop through a wide variety of habitats, about 2/3 shady forest and 1/3 sunny marshland. Also some interesting rice plantation history here. Trails are well-maintained and easy to follow, though this particular route is not well marked. Make sure you pick up a trail map at the gift shop and know how to read it. Good wildlife viewing; the fish were literally jumping out of the marsh pond on my visit. Winter is best for coming here due to the bugs and sun. Overall, best hike in Charleston County.

If your just looking for some exercise, it’s not bad.

The trail was very short and easy.

26 days ago

Nice small hike to waterfall

Great hiking! But it's very popular for off-road biking. if you prefer not seeing many people, a mid week hike is suggested.

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