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."
--John Clark & John Dantzler, Hiking South Carolina (Falcon Guides).
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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