Big Bend Road

Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

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Big Bend Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Oconee County, South Carolina. It is within Sumter National Forest. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 2,272 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 607 feet. The Pells Cemetery (elevation 2,323 feet) grave yard is near the trailhead.
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Big Bend Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Oconee County, South Carolina. It is within Sumter National Forest. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 2,272 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 607 feet. The Pells Cemetery (elevation 2,323 feet) grave yard is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Old Burrells Ford Road.
Activity Type: Campgrounds, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Sumter National Forest
Distance: 1.7
Elevation Gain: 607 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,272 feet
Top Elevation: 2,493 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Bend Road
Parks: Sumter National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 2174/2493 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2272/2272 ft

Big Bend Road Professional Review and Guide

"An easy day hike through beautiful rhododendron and mountain laurel glens to the Chattooga River and powerful Big Bend Falls. This trail connects the Winding Stairs Trail and Cherry Hill Recreation Area with the Chattooga and Foothills trails, which run concurrently along this section of the Chattooga River.

Big Bend Trail can be hiked in a number of ways: a 6.4-mile round-trip visit to Big Bend Falls, a 6.3-mile hike to the Burrells Ford area, a 10.3-mile partial loop via the Foothills Trail, and several other variations through connections on the Chattooga and Foothills trails. Passing a gurgling spring, crossing Crane Creek on a sturdy footbridge, and circling the headwaters of Pigpen Branch, the trail traverses numerous brooks and ridges and dodges around a succession of ravines. The trail descends gently along a well-marked, well-shaded path crowded with mountain laurel. Footing is easy, and you begin to catch glimpses of Georgia’s mountains in the distance, on the other side of the Chattooga."

Recent Trail Reviews

8/5/2012
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Our trek crew connected with the Big Bend Trail from the Foothills Trail. It is a common misconception in even the trail book that we originally were using to get to location that the Falls are not easily accessible. Most people confuse the smaller falls which are way above the actual Falls.(our guide book even had the wrong picture) The actual falls are off a few unmarked side trails which descend the side of the gorge about 100-150 ft. the only tell tale signs is that you can hear the actual falls. The nearest campsite is about a quarter mile up the trail on the actual "Bend" of the mountain. The waterfall was well worth the hike down but plan on getting quite dirty and having one hell of a climb back up. The only landmark i can give yall is that the side trails are on the opposite side of a huge rock wall and at this point you can hear the roaring of the falls.



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May 2018