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Falls on Little Falls Creek

Falls on Little Falls Creek
Dan Goodwin

While everybody is trudging up Falls Creek Trail to see Falls Creek Falls, they step right across Little Falls Creek, oblivious to a nice waterfall that is only about 50 yards through the trees. Although the falls has no formal name, you may find it called Boone’s Falls by a waterfaller whose dog had an accident on the falls. The dog was not injured but did give the falls a name.

To get to the trailhead, take US 276 out of Travelers Rest toward Caesar’s Head. About a mile past the Cleveland, SC post office, turn right at the F-Mart (on your return, stop for a great hot dog) onto River Falls Road. Follow the road some 4 miles to Duckworth Road (just a short distance past the Gap Creek Road turn off). In about a mile, Fall Creek Road comes in on the right. Fall Creek Road will pass Palmetto Bible Camp then make a hard right after about a mile. At this hard right turn, you’ll see a small parking area on the left along with a kiosk marking the trailhead. You will be technically in Jones Gap State Park, although no fee is required at this location.

At about the halfway point on the Falls Creek Falls Trail, about a mile, you will begin to hear the sounds of Little Falls Creek to your left and front. You will then encounter a roadway on your left that is blocked by branches. This is actually an access onto private property.

At that point, look to your right directly across the trail and you will see the road is also present on the other side of the road, albeit, faint and overgrown. This is the “trail” to the waterfall. (If you get to the Little Falls Creek crossing, backtrack about 50 yards to the roadway.)

Follow this roadway until it ends at the creek bank. A path emerges to follow the creek upstream to the waterfall that will quickly make its presence known. You will see that the falls are about 100 feet in a waterslide/sluice configuration and that the streambed is below the trail. Once you’re about parallel with the base of the falls, look for a large rock to the left, partially hidden by small branch downfall. From this rock outcrop, you are placed in front of the waterfall and can get some good pictures from there.

You can continue up the right side of the creek to check out the top of the waterfall but the slope gets steeper and steeper. The top has a ledge which splits the flow in two and drops the water into a sluice, feeding the slide, which is what you see from the bottom.

Whether this has a formal name or not, it is worth the short side trip to see.

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