Summary: The hike to Yellow Branch Falls is a backtrack hike over moderate terrain that ends at a beautiful 50-foot vertical waterfall with many individual cascades. The hike begins at the picnic area off of SC 28 and follows a connector trail for 0.2 miles and then joins the Yellow Branch Falls Trail for 1.3 miles to the waterfall. On the route you pass through groves of dignified hardwood and meander across a number of streams. In the winter you can see the Town of Walhalla in the distance when the trees are bare. The National Forest Service recommends that you wear sturdy shoes and use extra caution during wet conditions on this hike as the trail skirts the edges of deep ravines.
Trailhead: PARKING: (Yellow Branch Picnic Area): From From Walhalla drive west on SC 28 for 6.8 miles and left turn into Yellow Branch Picnic Ground (open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round). (Lat:34.8055422215525 Lon:-83.1281439201434)
Trail Guides for Yellow Branch Falls:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Sumter National Forest - (864) 638-9568
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by BirdShooter, who has posted 10 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Suavo-12/22/10 on 12/24/2010
A nice easy/moderate 3.5 mile loop, leading to a lovely waterfalls. Our Tuesday/Thursday hiking group vist this site 2 or 3 seasons, each year. It is well-maintained, with much beauty to see along the way. Across Hwy. #28, is another waterfalls (Isaquenna Falls), hiking trail & Stumphouse Tunnel...another neat place to hike & picnic.
Reviewed by rg on 10/12/2010
hiked on 10/9/10 trail is well maintained.The falls are very nice would recommend to anyone,there are 3 nice foot bridges and a couple stone creek crossings.There are several nice picnic tables and picnic shelter at the trail head,nice for having lunch after the hike.
Reviewed by BirdShooter on 5/14/2004
For a five page trip report and trail map on this hike, follow this link: http://www.n2backpacking.com/destinations/south_carolina/yellow%20branch%205_04D.htm
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