Monday, June 17, 2013

Reedy Branch Falls, SC

Head west on US 76 from Westminster for 16 miles and look for Chattooga Ridge Rd. on your right.  Drive past Chattooga Ridge Rd. for 0.2 miles to the small parking area on your left. You will see a stone wall and stone pillars when you pull in.  From here it is a very quick walk behind the gate  to the 30 foot tall Reedy Branch Falls.

We rolled into the Reedy Branch parking lot just before 8 pm.  After 10 exhausting hours of hiking we had finally reached our last waterfall of the day.  Being just of the highway and such a short walk, it is definitely worth a stop if you are nearby.

The trail begins on the gravel road just behind the gate.  A short easy walk leads you to a small bridge and a path on the left.  From here you can see the falls through the trees.  Follow the path a couple hundred feet to the base of Reedy Branch Falls.

The best thing about this waterfall is how photogenic it is.  I like how the pictures seem to show the water climbing down the mountain. It sort of looks like water going down a steep staircase.  In fact, the photos actually make it look more impressive than it really is.  While it is beautiful and well worth a visit I couldn't help but think if only it were higher.

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