Falls Creek Falls (1-9-16)
Falls Creek Falls is an impressive 150-foot cascade located near Jones Gap State Park in South Carolina's upstate. A relatively short but very steep trail climbs to the falls. One way is only around 1.2 miles with 800'+ of vertical to climb (most of which is gained in the last half of the hike). Aside from the falls being one of the highest in the upstate I hadn't heard much about this one. Desperate to finally get my first hike of the year in I decided this quick trip would work perfectly. Come along and see what I discovered...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.132547, -82.532399
Route Type: Out-and-back Difficulty: HARD
Hike Length: 2.7 miles Hike Duration: 1:30
Trailhead Temp: 55'F Trail Traffic: 10-25 people
Min. Elevation: 1,200' Max. Elevation: 1,800'
Total Vertical Gain: 800' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 593' (one way)
Trails Used (blaze color): Falls Creek Trail (purple)