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Old 05-29-2014, 10:01 AM
 
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I'll be driving from Columbia. Looking for a nice place to hike near water or waterfalls. Recommendations? Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:06 AM
 
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Jones Gap State park - a quiet meandering trail along the stream which eventually comes to a waterfall and continues on without water.

Raven Cliff Falls - a shorter hike starting past Casesar's Head - about 2 hrs out but with a spectacular view of the 400+ foot Raven Cliff Falls from across the valley. Continue on another hour to hike over the falls on a swinging bridge. Times approximate.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:25 AM
 
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Chattooga River Trail follows the Chattooga River for miles in Oconee County

Trails in Chau-Ram park follow the Chauga for a shorter distance with rapids along the river

Riley Moore falls trail along the Chauga further upstream comes in at a nice waterfall

Eastatoee Gorge trail in the Jocassee area

Laurel Fork Falls trail follows a small stream to two gorgeous waterfalls and also follows a long distance upstream eventually to another waterfall also in the Jocassee area

Short trail to Whitewater Falls

Trail to Silver Dinner Falls in NW Oconee County

Short trail to twin falls in the Eastatoee valley

Short trail to Pig pen and Lick log falls just before the creek falls into the Chattooga

Short Trail along the Little Eastatoee roadside along Hwy 11

Short Trail to the Eastatoee just upstream of the Little Eastatoee pull off (Hemlock Fisherman's access), another short trail off Roy F Jones Rd near there to the Eastatoee at Peach Orchard access, and yet another trail off the same road just after you cross a bridge over the Eastatoee

Really, too many to mention.

Some are here: South Carolina Waterfalls

Some are also here: Map Page (mainly look in Oconee, Pickens, and Greenville County)
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:54 AM
 
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I'll be driving from Columbia. Looking for a nice place to hike near water or waterfalls. Recommendations? Thanks in advance.
My favorites for the area:

I enjoy hiking around Reservoir 3 at Paris Mountain, although the easier Lake Placid trail is nice as well. (There is a nice dam on the Eastern Side of the lake, as well.)

I'll endorse Raven Cliff Falls, too. That's an excellent one.

Rainbow Falls at Jones Gap is my favorite waterfall so far, but it's a more challenging climb (IMO).

Oconee State Park near Walhalla has a lovely lake, and a fairly easy trail.

Lake Conastee Park near Mauldin is an easy, mostly paved trail around the lake, but is free and lovely.

Lansford Canal State Park near Catawba is nice.

Have fun!
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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Thanks to you all for the recommendations!!!
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:06 AM
 
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Definitely Ravel Cliff Falls. There are at least two routes. One trail goes out to an overlook platform with a view of the falls from across the valley. The other goes up to and over the top of the falls via a bridge, but it is a longer hike and may better be explored as part of an overnight backpack.

There also are many options in DuPont State Forest, just over the state line in North Carolina (and only slightly beyond the trail head for Raven Cliff Falls). As the Web site says, "Most first time visitors want to see falling water, and DuPont State Forest probably has as much per square mile as any public land in the Southeast." Six major waterfalls, along with the streams that feed them. DuPont State Forest
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