Tamassee, South Carolina

Hike to Lee Falls

1.6 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally 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.
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Tags

Photography
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Joe Carter

almost 4 years 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!

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