Fall Creek Falls
Photo credit: Paul Finke
Aptly named, Fall Creek is home to three waterfalls, each roughly 30 to 50 feet high in a mile-long stretch. The less intrepid can enjoy a fine view of the first level just below the west side of Forest Service Road 722. To explore the entire Fall Creek chain, including the third level, budget about two hours for the difficult, two-mile downstream hike. There is no marked trail, and dense rhododendron thickets blanket each side of the creek. There are several creek crossings along the way. This hike is NOT recommended unless you are in good shape and an experienced hiker in adverse conditions.
The Upper Falls, of which there are 4 drops about 100 feet over an approximate 0.4-mile stretch of a tributary to Long Creek. The first series of falls are just below road FS-722. They are accessed by an unmarked path that is steep and difficult to hike. The path gets better after the initial descent from the road.
The Middle Falls are about 1.2 miles from road FS-722. About 0.1 miles further is an old house site with stacked rocks.
The Lower Falls are about 2.5 miles from road FS-722 to the top, 2.8 miles to the base of the falls, and 3.0 miles to where the creek empties into the Chattooga River. The unmarked path from the top to the base of the falls is narrow and follows the edge of a cliff that might be noticeable at first. Be extremely cautious!
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Waterfalls can be very dangerous! Do not climb on the rocks surrounding the falls. Primitive camping is allowed, but campsites must be greater than 50 feet from streams and trails, and greater than 0.25 mile from roads.|
From Westminster, drive west 16.2 miles on US 76 and turn right (east) onto Chattooga Ridge Road (Oconee County S-196). Drive about 2.2 miles and turn left (north) onto Fall Creek Road (FS 722). Follow FS 722 until it forks, and take the left (west) fork. At approximately 0.7 mile, FS 722 crosses over Fall Creek. Park beyond the creek. The first level of Fall Creek Falls is visible from the roadside. Walk up the road to a faint path and follow it to an old logging road. Within approximately 25 yards, the falls can be seen on your left. Hike through the woods to the falls. Following the stream downstream will take you to the other levels of the falls, but it is an extremely arduous undertaking because of the mountain laurel and rhododendron thickets.
- Watch your step! This trail is unmarked, steep, and narrow. Vegetation encroaches the path and can hide tripping hazards and wildlife (i.e. snakes).
- Cellular service is available on road FS-722, but not along the user path.
- Parking surface: Dirt
- Parking number of vehicles: 10+/- at various wide spots along road FS-722.
- Parking overflow: NO
- RV/Trailer access: NO
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Day HikingMinimum of 2 hours travel time
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