Yellow Branch Falls

Oconee County, South Carolina

Yellow Branch Falls Professional Review and Guide

"This moderate hiking trail in the Sumter National Forest is beautiful any time of year, but the waterfall at the end of the hike is best after a good rain. Even when the trail and picnic area are crowded on a nice weekend, the tall pine and hardwood trees make it feel secluded.

There are actually two trails at Yellow Branch. The first is a short nature trail (0.4-mile loop trail); the second is the longer out-and-back Yellow Branch Falls Trail. Both begin at the same point, which can be tricky to find as it is poorly marked. Begin to the left of the lower picnic area, toward the road. The trail starts off partially paved with asphalt and rock, as the first section is the Yellow Branch Nature Trail. When you hear the murmur of the nearby creek, turn toward the right. The trail quickly turns to dirt and travels slightly downhill while following a small creek on the left. It feels secluded here with tall oak, gum, and pine trees on both sides. Rhododendron and mountain laurel dot the banks of the small streams you will encounter along the way."

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Trail Information

Oconee County
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
1,473 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,530 feet
Top Elevation
Oconee State Park
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Jun 2018