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Excellent trail for all ages! Very easy walking that ends at a beautiful gorgeous waterfall !

start your hike at Chimney top gap for a decent uphill hike to get to the summit overlook. Most sites have the trailhead starting at the summit.

This trail unfortunately takes you to the top of the falls. We had to them go to the other falls trail which is only a quarter mile walk to see the falls from the bottom. They are incredible but would’ve preferred to know that this trail didn’t go with the falls pictures posted.

hiking
24 days ago

This is actually the foothills trail that goes to Table Rock via Hickory Nut. About a mile in there is a choice point between palmetto trail and foot hills trail. There is a map and information at that choice point. Foothills trail remains a trail the few miles I've walked on this section. Palmetto trail turns into a logging road, which can get a bit boring.

We hiked the 2.5 trail to the top of the falls. About 250 yards in, there is a big blowdown that obscures a wooden gate that keeps you on the blue blazed trail. Be careful, because for some reason there are a couple blue blazes headed up the hill in the wrong direction. Definitely turn right and go through the wooden gate where you will see the trail markers headed down the hill. I would rate the hike as moderate and the scenery from the top of the falls makes it worthwhile.

the 2.5 mile trail is not well marked, there are downed trees at key turns that make the trail hard to follow. the blue markers are very worn but the path is easy to follow most of the way. great hike with even better views at the end.

Great hike for the day! Wasn’t expecting such a beautiful waterfall!!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail, well maintained and blazed. Like many others have said, it’s more on the moderate side. The hike back has most of the elevation change. Anyways, wonderful hike in and out. The waterfall is very nice and the scenery while walking through the gorge is pretty awesome.

Short and easy hike. Nice waterfall at the top, but not worth a long drive for such a short trail. Unfortunately, lots of graffiti... appears to be a local spot for various forms of social recreation.

Easy hike! Beautiful scenery for a picnic or family pictures!

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 trail was very short and easy.

Great hike. Beautiful waterfall.

We really enjoyed this trail! However, I would say it is more moderate than hard. Beautiful view of the waterfall at the end. The side trail to the right gives a lovely view of the river.

A very pleasant hike
The waterfalls were lovely.
A few fallen trees but still pleasant. Good for ages 4 and up

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike on well-maintained trail. The Narrows are really amazing once you are down there. There's a viewing deck but also a trail before the deck (going the opposite way) that takes you down to the creek and another waterfall below. Really looking forward to coming back in the summer.

Easy trail to top of the falls for a beautiful view!

Moderate Difficulty with lots of downed trees. Nice view of the falls!

Tough hike but fun and challenging. Not much to see along the way but great to see the view at the top of Sassafras Mtn. Did this hike in mid September.

Amazing the falls being so narrow to see the beauty of large or narrow falls are all amazing.

Put “waterfall road Sumter, SC” into your GPS and it will take you right to the parking area for the easy hike.

Nice easy hike to two beautiful waterfalls.

Hard to find. When you think you've entered someone's back yard and pass a do not enter sign you know you're heading toward the trailhead. Beautiful in the spring when the water is rushing and the best when you hike (carefully) over to the waterfall and stand under it.

P.S. to the left of the main waterfall is a cool place to hike up and see the waterfalls at a difference vantage point. Also a cool/creepy cave up there.

We did this hike on a Sunday and saw only 2 people on the trail until we got to the top of Sassafras Mtn. Starting at Foothills Trail parking lot off Hwy 178 near Rocky Bottom, we went to Sassafras (via Chimney Top Gap) and back down in about 5 hours. The trailhead is just across the street near the bridge. A total of just over 9 miles. We had lunch at the top of the mountain and took some great photos. This is a challenging trail, but a fun hike. We had hoped to start at Sassafras and go to Table Rock, but Hurricane Irma got her way and messed up some of the trails so, which were closed and we did not get to hike over. Next time!

This was a great hike and not as difficult as rated. Anyone in reasonable shape can do this. The distance was exactly as stated according to our GPS. The Narrows are not to be missed! Beautiful! There is a spur to the left of the sign just as you get to the narrows that will take you down to the water for a perfect place to cool off and rest. The spur is about a 2 minute walk off the main trail. There is not much to see along the way, but the end is worth it. Walking out was not hard as the climb is short, then it levels off and you are back to the parking lot before you know it! I would go again for sure!! Maybe in winter to get a better view!

I didn't see where the trailhead was. My GPS lead me to an area where 3 cars were pulled to the side of the road. I seen a metal gate,that was it.

There's actually 2 separate trails here. One trail is moderate and can take you up to an hour to get to the top of the falls. It's a moderate hike, there are parts that are steep. Once at the top you don't get a good look at the falls. If you are wanting cardio then this trail is for you. If you are just wanting to see the falls, Go past the spot that the directions take you to. Drive down from there and take a right on Eastatoe rd. You will see a dead end sign, keep going.You will then follow that road maybe .8 miles and there will be a rd called water fall rd. Follow that road out, it's a gravel road. Once you pass the narrow part in the road follow the road around to the left and you will dead end into the parking area. The falls are only 1/4 mile up. Easy hike. Beautiful Falls! Happy hiking!

Fun and easy hike to a great waterfall. Definitely worth checking out

There are two ways to get to the falls. You can either drive to the parking lot and walk about a quarter mile to the base of the falls, or you can do a moderately difficult trail that brings you around the mountains to the top of the falls. My girlfriend and I did the trail through the mountains to the top of the falls and it was very enjoyable. It probably a little over a mile one way with some pretty decent changes in elevation along the entire route, with a long descent at the beginning and then back up the second mountain. Once you arrive at the top of the falls, you should enjoy the streams that lead to the falls and look down to the base. It is a straight drop off the falls but you can get close to the edge on the rocks. There is a very steep path that you can take to the base, but it's not too bad we managed to get down it with our dog as well.

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