A short, but powerful waterfall and swimming hole on a remote stretch of the Chattooga River.

Statistics

2 - 3

hrs

322

m

322

m

6

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Moderate

Description

Big Bend Falls on the Chattooga is a stunning waterfall on a sharp curve in the river with a drop ranging from 15' to 30' in places.

It's conveniently located along the [Foothills Trail](https://fatmap.com/routeid/189257/foothills-trail), and the sandy shoreline and deep swimming holes make it a perfect summer destination for anyone in the family.

According to [this source](https://www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/big-bend-falls), Big Bend is also notable as the "highest single drop" on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. Seen here, you'll begin your hike along Highway 107 across from the Cherry Hill Recreation Area.

There is plenty of parking for larger vehicles, RV's, or trailers along the road.

When the recreation area is open, water and restrooms are both available - otherwise, there are none immediately at the trailhead.

A piped spring is available on the side of 107, just north of Cherry Hill. As an alternative to hiking the entire Big Bend Trail, the adjacent logging road was improved in 2020, and can be driven in a 2wd vehicle with moderate ground clearance.

The road ends with a small turnaround large enough for a few vehicles and is just 1.5-miles round-trip to the waterfall. Sources: [White Dot Adventures](https://www.whitedotadventures.com/) [SC Trails](https://www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/big-bend-falls)