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
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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.
Reviewed by Mike on 2/27/2010
Very nice hike. Easy to find the side trail to the falls. Approx 140 yards after you cross the creek, the Palmetto Trail makes a left turn. There is a Palmetto Trail sign pointing to the left. Take the trail that heads off to the right. It is not marked but easy to follow all the way to the falls.
Reviewed by Viewer on 7/31/2009
Great hike! I also could not find the falls, but the hike was great and I plan to go back and find them with me children who also enjoy a good hike in the woods of SC.
Reviewed by Christina on 6/6/2009
This is a great hike! The beginning of the trail is moderate, but the hike up to the falls is a challenge! The impressive waterfall is worth the trip, though. To find the path to the falls, stay on the Palmetto trail for about a half hour or so. Shortly after you cross the creek, there is a path that veers off the trail. It runs right alongside the creek and directly up to the falls - about another half hour walk.
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