Are you wondering where to go to find some beautiful waterfalls without traveling too far from Greenville, SC? You’re in luck because we have gathered all the information you need about finding waterfalls close to home, all in one handy place! Whether you want to take in a waterfall while enjoying a long hike or a waterfall that you can view with very little effort, local mom Kristina has all the details right here!
Waterfalls can be quite magical. I got to see Niagara Falls in person several years ago and it was amazing, even more so than any photo I had ever seen of it. While we don’t have anything quite as grand here, Greenville does boast lots of beautiful waterfalls in the area. Why not pick a few local waterfalls to visit this summer (and take your camera to capture the magic!)?
Please, for your own safety and for the safety of your family, EMTs, and rescuers, never play at the top or sides of a waterfall, even for a second or to get an Insta-worthy photo. Those rocks are slippery and many people have unfortunately lost their lives at waterfalls in our area.
Also, if you happen to just love waterfalls like we do and are looking for opportunities to keep them clean and pristine, look into volunteering with Waterfall Keepers of North Carolina. For important tips on recreating responsibly, please see this story on the seven Leave No Trace principles.
Below are some of our favorite waterfalls near Greenville, SC. But, if you love waterfalls you’ll want to take a look at this list of Waterfalls of the Southeast, loaded with waterfall hikes in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
Waterfalls in & near Greenville, SC
You don’t have to go far to see the first waterfalls on this list. Pack a picnic, relax on the nearby swings, or take a walk through Falls Park on the Reedy River in downtown Greenville and see the beautiful waterfalls that run right through our beautiful city.
South Main Street and Camperdown Way
Distance from Greenville: 0 minutes – it is located downtown
Raven Cliff Falls
Take the two-mile long Raven Cliff Falls trail to view the gorgeous 420-ft Raven Cliff Falls from an overlook at Caesar’s Head State Park. There are also a variety of hiking trails within that park and the surrounding Mountain Bridge Wilderness.
Or if you’re a more experienced hiker, take the Dismal Trail to get to the suspension bridge that goes over the falls. It’s a tough 8+ mile loop but worth it.
8155 Geer Hwy
Distance from Greenville: ~hour
Jones Gap State Park
Known for its natural scenery, this 300 acre park is perfect for a relaxing day of exploration – and waterfall viewing of course. One of the more popular trails leads uphill to the stunning Rainbow Falls. It’s a strenuous trail but there are other waterfalls that are along the main trail.
This is a hugely popular park that now requires reserved parking ($5) on weekends in addition to the entrance fee.
303 Jones Gap Road
Distance from Greenville: ~an hour
Station Cove Falls
This waterfall in Oconee County near Hwy 11 is so, so stunning. It’s a big waterfall towering high dripping water from hundreds of small ledges. It’s also a very easy hike, about 1.5 miles round trip.
State Rd S-37-95
Distance from Greenville: an hour and 10 minutes
Chau Ram County Park
A little over an hour from Greenville, Chau Ram Park is called South Carolina’s “Best Kept Secret” by the Oconee County Recreation and Tourism Department. There is a 40 foot waterfall at Ramsey Creek plus the county’s longest suspension bridge here. You can also swim, hike and camp, all for only $2 per car load.
1220 Chau Ram Park Road
Distance from Greenville: an hour + 5 minutes
Table Rock State Park
Table Rock contains lots of awesome waterfalls easily accessible from the many trails that wind through this beautiful park. Trails are not stroller-friendly so be sure to either bring a baby carrier if you’ve got a little one or sturdy shoes for the younger kids. There is a fee to enter the park if you don’t have a park pass.
158 Ellison Lane
Distance from Greenville: ~45 minutes
Yellow Branch Falls
Located in Walhalla near Isaqueena Falls, Yellow Branch Falls are amazing. The falls are huge and picturesque and just a beautiful place to visit. This is a popular waterfall and trail so again, get there early if you want to experience it with less people.
2911-3023 Highlands Hwy
Distance from Greenville: ~an hour + 10 minutes
This one is perfect for smaller kids to splash around in a waterfall without any of the hiking. The waterfall is literally on the side of the road on SC 11 in Cleveland, SC as you drive towards Table Rock from Greenville. There is an easy mile loop trail if you’d like to hike.
Heading north on Route 11, the trail and pull-off parking are on the right side of the road.
Distance from Greenville: ~38 minutes
Beech Bottom Falls
The trail to Beech Bottom Falls will take your family across a footbridge straight out of a fairytale, to a viewing platform overlooking a beautiful waterfall. The trail is located in Sunset, SC near Sassafras Mountain.
Located in Oconee County, Issaqueena Falls is located at the end of a short walk through what is known as Stumphouse Tunnel, which was originally constructed in 1852 to connect Charleston to Knoxville but was halted because of a lack of money.
As for the waterfalls, “legend has it that the falls is named for an Indian maiden, Issaqueena, who warning the white settlers of an Indian attack, was then chased by Indians and she appeared to jump over the falls. By actually hiding behind the falls (or some legend-tellers say she hid behind a stump, hence Stumphouse Tunnel), she tricked her pursuers and survived.”
And be sure to read KAG contributor Deidre Smith’s review of Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaqeena Falls.
Distance from Greenville: an hour + 10 minutes
Wright Creek Falls
This is an extra special waterfall since you can only get there by boat. It’s on Lake Jocassee and you can access the lake through Devils Fork State Park. Here’s a map of the waterfalls at this stunning lake. There is a fee to enter the park.
161 Holcombe Circle
Distance from Greenville: Devils Fork Park is an hour + 20 minutes plus another hour to 90 minutes of paddling (or take a boat through Jocassee Lake Rentals)
This family-friendly hike is located near Mountain Rest, SC, close to the Georgia border. The hike to the falls is an easy 0.3-mile hike, so it is perfect for families with small children. Once there, you can check out salamanders and small fish in the pools and discover the falls towering above!
Near Mountain Rest, SC
Ellicott Rock Wilderness
Distance from Greenville: 1 hour 55 minutes from Downtown Greenville.
If you’re looking for even more waterfalls, because really, who isn’t, then head over to our article on the North Carolina no-hike waterfall tour.
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Wilcat wayside is so much fun and a great wading area for small children
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Cedar falls!! ❤️
Water Falls Rd, Sunset, SC 29685
We have enjoyed your recommendations and wanted to say thank you! My husband and I moved here with our two teenagers a year and a half ago and never would’ve known about all of these places to visit. Since then, we have explored so much of the area and taken family around as well when they come to visit. We really appreciate you doing the legwork here! So many treasures to be found! I actually save many of the emails to refer back to time and again as I did with this one today.
Thank you so much!
It would be nice to know how far these waterfalls are from the city for those of us who don’t know the area. Thanks.
Great idea – we’ll add that information.
We took your advice today on
Raven Cliff Falls today, and I wish it was a little more clear as we took our 3 year old along. It’s 4 miles round trip to an overlook, not the suspension bridge. Still a beautiful overlook, and I love all of your ideas.
Many apologies! It was supposed to read “overlook”, not “suspension bridge”. You’re correct. The suspension bridge is part of the more difficult Dismal/Naturaland Trust trail at the same area. There is a great suspension bridge not too far from there on the Palmetto Trail if you park at the Dug Mountain anglers access lot. It’s only about .75 miles to the bridge on an easy trail.