Waterfalls near Clemson, SC

October 8, 2015 | Austin Canfield
Last updated on July 20, 2016

What are waterfalls?

Waterfalls are created when bodies of water drop suddenly from a higher elevation. These landforms can be found throughout Pickens and Oconee Counties of South Carolina’s Western Upstate. In this region, the state’s Piedmont terrain transitions into the Blue Ridge Mountains. This creates waterfalls of all sizes that are located within minutes of Clemson, increasing in size toward the mountains.

Many waterfalls in the Clemson area must be accessed by hiking easy to strenuous trails. Trailheads are not always marked and there may be multiple trail junctions along the way. It is recommended that readers plan their waterfall adventures ahead of time using tools such as Google MapsAllTrails and Geocaching. Parking availability at any waterfall or trail is never guaranteed and roadway shoulders may need to be used. Please keep the safety of your parked vehicle and other travelers in mind.

Always Watch for WIld Animals

While exploring South Carolina’s natural wonders, you may encounter a variety of wildlife species including deer, bears, squirrels, raccoons, turkey, and reptiles. It is unlawful to feed, approach, handle or otherwise harass any wild animal. Report any animal incidents to SCDNR at 864-654-1671.


Relax and enjoy the sounds of rushing water surrounded by undisturbed wilderness
Bring a backpack with supplies including a water bottle, compass, snacks and sunscreen
Bring an extra battery for your camera or phone for picture taking and sharing
Use a breadcrumbing app such as Map My Hike to avoid getting lost

Do Nots:

Leave any garbage behind
Establish or use shortcuts
Remove any artifacts, vegetation or soil near trails or waterfalls