South Carolina Map

Big Bend Trail

Contact Info
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest
112 Andrew Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, SC 29664

Phone:
864-638-9568
Basics
Length:
2.7 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Time:
1 to 1-1/2 hrs

Description

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.

Details

Length:
2.7 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Time:
1 to 1-1/2 hrs
Additional Details:

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.

Map + Directions


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