Eastatoe Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Half a day's hike through a mountain cove to a beautiful, secluded stream. This trail is essentially a big climb down, and then a big climb back up. However, the destination makes it worthwhile. Eastatoe (pronounced “EAST-a-toe-ee”) Creek is a beautiful stream untrammeled by development, whose waters are so pristine that rainbow trout reproduce naturally, making it an exceptional case in South Carolina.
Within the Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve‘s 373 acres (managed by the Heritage Trust Program of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources), the Eastatoe tumbles 600 feet, concluding between the walls of Eastatoe Gorge. Here, the 15-foot wide creek pours into a rock sluice 3 feet wide, creating both an impressive flume and sufficient humidity for some very rare plants. Three ferns generally associated with the tropics occur at Eastatoe Creek, including the Tunbridge fern, which is found nowhere else in North America. The park-like area at the end of the trail features a spectacular wildflower show in the spring."