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Palmetto Trail to Falls

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Gorgeous river and boulder field, excellent water fall
Near:Pickens, SC
Distance:2.18 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:316 ft
Hike Time:1.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: I only travelled a small portion of the total length of this trail for this hike, turning off to view an awesome waterfall and hike alongside a beautiful boulder field w/ the river runnung through it and in some cases under huge boulders. My four year old son went for this trip and it was the perfect length and difficulty for him, rest assured us adults will love this one as well. The trail is mostly level except for the approach to the falls which runs uphill fairly steeply. I loved the steep terrain on both sides, it gives that isolated feel as you go. The right turn to the falls is not clearly marked but you can see a well worn path that parallels the small river. Hope you enjoy. See you on the trail!!!
Trailhead: From Greenville S.C. travel north on Hwy 276 until it joins Hwy 11. Stay on highway 11 and turn right at the second enterance to Table Rock State Park. Enter the park and take the first left, follow the road to the barn and the trailhead parking/sign is at the back of the lot. (Lat:35.01 Lon:-82.42)
Trail Guides for Palmetto Trail to Falls:
Pallmetto trail map
by Palmetto trail ()

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Table Rock State Park 864-878-9813
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Shaun Mitchell, who has posted  17 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 2   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Chip on 1/10/2016
Very nice hike. Easy except for the last 1/2 mile to the falls. Beautiful wildflowers in the Spring on this last 1/2 mile.

Reviewed by Viewer on 2/22/2014
Go in the Spring. Great wildflowers near the falls!

Reviewed by CC on 9/6/2013
seriously tough hike. went in 3.5 miles...saw nothing...and had to do 3.5 miles back. waste of time.

Reviewed by Ashley on 11/12/2011
Great hike. The name of the waterfall is Pinnacle Mountain Falls. Start Palmetto Trail as mentioned above. Cross an old road about .5 miles into hike and continue on PT on the other side. It will descend and you will see the church camp buildings. The PT reaches another road at this point. Turn right and go up road a short way to continue on PT. Shortly after crossing the creek on a loose rock bridge you will come to another PT post at a faint fork. Turn right at this fork and follow .6 miles to falls. Last section is steep.

Reviewed by R&H on 6/18/2011
Followed Christinas directions (below). The turnoff from the Palmetto trail looks well travelled. The slope at the end is steep. One hour in, one hour out with 8 year old dragging! 3.5 miles total per pedometer EG 700 ft.

Reviewed by BW on 2/14/2011
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Reviewed by mom and noel on 9/30/2010
we must have missed the trail to the falls.walked 3.5 miles 1 way on the palmetto trail and saw nothing..

Reviewed by Chris on 9/5/2010
It is 185 paces after the creek and a right turn to the trail. The last 600 yards of hiking is pretty steep. Be prepared! My daughters were about to give up when they saw the falls! Worth it.

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