Yellow Branch Falls Trail

Whetstone, South Carolina

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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.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Georgia & South Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Georgia & South Carolina

by Steve Goodrich & Ashley Goodrich (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Whetstone
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 370 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1–2 hours
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,510 feet
Top Elevation: 1,540 feet
Local Contacts: Sumter National Forest, Andrew Pickens Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Whetstone
Driving Directions: Directions to Yellow Branch Falls Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/9/2009
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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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