Waterfalls of the Upstate: Bull Sluice Falls & King Creek Falls

The following is courtesy of “Seasons” publication by The Sentinel-Progress.


Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, or just looking for a pretty spot to spend an afternoon, Upstate South Carolina has some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country.  Located mainly in Pickens and Oconee Counties, these waterfalls are sure to impress.  Don’t forget your camera, the views won’t disappoint.


Bull Sluice Falls, Mountain Rest

While not a high falls, this 14′ drop shows whitewater at it’s finest.  When the river is full, it provides a level 5 whitewater rafting experience!

Directions: NW of Westminster on Hwy 76 go 17 miles to parking area prior to bridge over Chattooga River at SC/GA line.  Park and follow trail 1/4 mile upstream.


King Creek Falls, Mountain Rest

An easy .6-mile hike brings you to a 70′ falls that flows over a tiered rock face.  Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 38 min to complete.  This is a popular trail for hiking and walking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of a day.  The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.  Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas.

Directions: N of Walhalla on Hwy. 28 for 8 miles; right on Hwy. 107 for 10-miles; left on Burrells Ford Road for 2.3-miles.  Park on left.

King Creek Falls