Winding Stairs Trail

Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

Distance3.3mi
Elevation Gain1,649ft
Trailhead Elevation2,221ft
Top2,221ft
Elevation Min/Max1159/2221ft
Elevation Start/End2221/2221ft

Winding Stairs Trail

Winding Stairs Trail is a hiking trail in Oconee County, South Carolina. It is within Sumter National Forest. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 2,221 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,649 feet. This trail connects with the following: Cherokee Road.

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Five-Star Trails: South Carolina Upstate (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sherry Jackson
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"The South Carolina Trails Program calls this trail “one of the finest beginner trails in northwest South Carolina.” Of course, the person who wrote that description must have only hiked the trail downhill. When hiking both out and back, this trail provides a pretty decent workout with more than 1,000 feet in elevation change. Aptly named Winding Stairs for the numerous switchbacks or natural staircases, the trail also offers great views of two waterfalls and surrounding mountains." Read more

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5/18/2003
An easy well marked trail. Except for the trail head. Some one had taken the sign and tossed it in the woods. But the trailhead is just south of the cherry hill campground entrance. The trailhead is off the highway, just inside a large grassy area. With your back to the road,look to your right up a small hill, don't take the large trail to the left, that goes back to the campground. The trail will take you past an old cemetary on your right. Take time to check out some of the old headstones from the 1800s. Follow the red blazes 1.2 miles to miuka falls. To get a good view, you'll have to go down a steep trail to the bottom of the falls. It's worth it but, I wouldnt advise going down without hiking boots and trekking poles especially if its wet.
After that the trail winds down past secret falls. The secret is, that it's not very impressive. lots of small creeks along the way if you need water. Trail ends at Tomassee road. Trail may be better in the late fall when the trees are bare and miuka and the vistas of mountains and lake are more visable.

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Trail Information

Sumter National Forest
Nearby City
Sumter National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Andrew Pickens Ranger District, Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664, (864) 638-9568.
Local Contacts
Trail Guide, Andrew Pickens Ranger District, Sumter National Forest, Forest Service; Tamassee USGS quads.
Local Maps