Hike to Lee Falls

South Carolina Lee Falls Trailhead

Added by Seth Berry

One of the most scenic waterfalls in the Upstate of South Carolina is also one of the most hidden and challenging to find. If you're up for the challenge and okay with getting a little wet, then this adventure is well worth the effort.

The Hike:
Head out through the middle of the first of three fields, crossing creeks two times as you come to them. At the end of the last field, the trail enters the woods. Hike through the woods for 0.3 mile and take the left fork, crossing a creek , and head toward the larger branch of Tamassee Creek. Hike another 0.2 mile and follow Tamassee creek upstream to a point where the trail gets very rocky and obstructed. You are less than 0.2 mile from the falls. You may have to cross the creek several times depending on conditions. Once you can see the falls, you should be on the south side, which is the best place to be to view the falls.

Waterfall Coordinates: 34.8948027,-83.1017767

The Drive:
  • From the intersection of SC 11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway) and SC 28 at Walhalla, drive north on SC 11 for 8.3 miles and turn left (west) onto Cheohee Valley Road (just before Becca's Kitchen).
  • Drive 2.3 miles and turn left onto Tamassee Knob Road (S-37-95).
  • Drive 0.5 mile and turn right (northwest) onto Jumping Branch Road.
  • Drive 1.5 miles and turn left (northwest) onto FS 715A, which is gravel (pass FS 715 on the left and continue 0.2 miles to FS 715A).
  • Drive 0.5 mile to parking area on the right, just before small bridge over Tamassee Creek.
  • Park at the north end of the parking area where the barricade is.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Bug spray
  • Compass
  • GPS
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Advanced

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1.6 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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2 months ago

Great hike!

Hiked this trail for the first time today! Easy hike until you reach the falls... I climbed up to the very base of the falls... I can't imagine the trip in the summer though with all the vegetation! Beautiful waterfall.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Can be tough, but rewarding

I visited this falls site earlier this summer and it was very over grown. Some of the grass in the fields was up over my head and the forestry around the creek where you have to climb some boulders was also very over grown. However, I went back recently and it was much more comfortable and a beautiful hike. One of the best in the Upstate South Carolina area by far.

3 months ago

7 months ago

Lee Falls

Attempted to hike to these falls yesterday but was unable to make it. The first field had tire tracks that you could follow but by the second field it was very overgrown. Easily up to my waist and over head at some points. There is also a large cage trap set up in second field. If anyone goes out and the fields are cut please update would love to go back and try again!

7 months ago

about 1 year ago

Lee Falls

It's a dang nice waterfall! Just hiked there yesterday for the first time, and now it's one of my new favorite waterfalls to hike to!

about 1 year ago

Added by Seth Berry

A nature and travel photographer from South Carolina. Exploring the great outdoors, capturing stunning and breathtaking photos, and inspiring people through photography is my passion. View my work at www.SethBerryPhotography.com

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