112 Andrew Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
- 2.7 miles
- 1 to 1-1/2 hrs
Starting from the Cherry Hill Recreation Area, a moderate 2.7 mile trail affords views of the biggest drop on the Chattooga River, a rumbling 30-foot hydraulic known as Big Bend Falls. Even though this is a mountainous locale, you will find the hiking on this trail is fairly straightforward. Red blazes guide you through a predominantly hardwood forest of hemlocks, white oaks, mountain laurel, and galax. The Big Bend Trail runs parallel to Big Bend Road (FS 709) for some distance and eventually ends at a junction with the Foothills Trail. You need to hike approximately .6 mile south on the Foothills/Chattooga Trails (the Foothills and Chattooga Trails run concurrent in this area) for a nice view of Big Bend Falls from a ridge overlooking the river.
Safety: When you arrive at the waterfall, stay on dry areas with good footing. Waterfalls can be very dangerous.
Volunteers for trail maintenance are always needed and welcome. Contact the district office.