Yellow Branch Falls Trail—Sumter National Forest

Walhalla, South Carolina 29691

Yellow Branch Falls Trail—Sumter National Forest

Yellow Branch Falls Trail—Sumter National Forest Professional Guide

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"Whether you have four legs or two, you’re sure to enjoy this one! You’ll find several creek crossings early in the hike, and when you reach Yellow Branch Falls, you’ll simply stand in awe of the jaw-dropping beauty before you.

A three-dimensional waterfall juts out of its own little cove unlike any other. It’s unique and simply stunning. As you take it all in, you’ll watch as the water dances over one rock ledge to the next, before finally falling to the base forming catch pools that are perfect for the dogs to splash around in."

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Five-Star Trails: South Carolina Upstate (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sherry Jackson
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"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." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in Georgia and South Carolina (Falcon Guides)
Melissa Watson
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"Three-dimensional! Absolutely surreal, Yellow Branch Falls is like a Mayan village up on a hillside, with its many facets seeming to come to life. The depth of this waterfall is unlike anything Ive ever seen before. Definitely one of the most unusual waterfalls Ive ever experienced, Yellow Branch Falls is my new favorite waterfall." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Georgia & South Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Steve Goodrich & Ashley Goodrich
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"Located in the northwest corner of South Carolina, Sumter National Forest is comprised of three ranger districts, including the 79,000-acre Andrew Pickens Ranger District, which forms the western boundary of the Chattooga River. This in-and-out hike to Yellow Branch Falls is located within the Andrew Pickens Ranger District and travels over moderate terrain to end at a beautiful, cascading waterfall with numerous rivulets that drop roughly 50 feet. The National Forest Service recommends that you wear sturdy shoes and use extra caution during wet conditions on this hike, since the trail skirts the edges of deep ravines." Read more

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7/12/2018
Amazing falls! This is a great trail for any age or skill level. In the summer heat and humidity it offers such a cool spray. The falls are especially spectacular right now because of the recent rains. It is a lovely place to bring the family, and great for dogs, too.
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8/9/2009
Ate lunch at CCC woodbeam/poled shelter with fireplace and set off on our journey (19, 16, 12, 7 & 45 yrs young). The Waterfalls in the Upstate book we had said Moderate 1.3 miles to Falls (which are gorgeous!). brought the two dogs. Much longer than 1.3 miles; possible rerouting of the trail (not sure).... Enjoyed the different forest climates, sound of stream, 3 footbridges and 4 crossings.... Not suited for younger than 7 years of age.... No trail blazes/markings... BRING WATER! After the hike and return, take a left back on Rte 28 and head past Stumphouse Tunnel to a small roadside stand (on your left) for great boiled peanuts and a RC cola
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Trail Information

Walhalla
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.2 miles
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
1 hour 40 minutes
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,550 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,558 feet
Top Elevation
Hiking
Additional Use
DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 22, A2
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