Do a search on “South Carolina Waterfalls” and you’ll end up with a lengthy list of resources proporting to provide information on our local cascades; however, the number of truly helpful sites is limited. You’ll find sites that talk about available properties, provide general information, or document a small number of waterfalls. Even our state tourism site waterfall page is woefully lacking given it is to be used by out-of-staters unfamiliar with the area.
There are 3 “strong” SC waterfall sites that are worth bookmarking. You will consistently refer back to these resources as you select waterfalls and plan your hikes:
- SCwaterfalls. This site is maintained by Allen Easler and documents well over 50 South Carolina waterfalls. There are also another 40 or so North Carolina and Georgia waterfalls listed. What makes Allen’s information so helpful is that it reads like a blog – several excellent photographs of the falls along with personal details of his experience on the trail and around the waterfalls. There are frequent tips and landmarks shared which will assist you in locating a waterfall.
- North Carolina Waterfalls. Don’t let the name deceive you, there is an entire section of this site devoted to more than 40 South Carolina waterfalls. Rich Stevenson is the author and the site configuration is reminiscent of Allen Easler in both quality of the photography and in his level of detail.
- South Carolina State Trails Program. While the Trails Program covers all types of trails in the state, it has a section dedicated to trails to waterfalls. Listing trails to 27 of our major waterfalls with what are considered to be the “official” trail guides, each waterfall page displays descriptive information about the waterfall, directions to the trail head and information about the trail itself. In addition, there is a photo of the waterfall along with an element you’ll find on no other site – a trail map.
Key to locating and to successfully hiking waterfalls is using all your resources in conjunction with one another. Being able to cross reference details from several sources will put you in control of your hike.
There are several excellent print media resources on South Carolina waterfalls available which, when used alongside the sites shown above, will give you a comprehensive understanding of hiking our local waterfalls. Reviews of these publications are shown in the “Suggested by the Author” section immediately below.