Outdoor

Marie McAden

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Brasstown Falls features three dramatic drops

Posted 11/13/2012 1:05:00 PM

It’s an easy, quarter-mile hike to Brasstown Falls in Oconee County. But that’s only if you want to see a portion of it. 

Billed as a 120-foot waterfall, it is made up of three consecutive and equally dramatic drops — each one visible from a different vantage point. Getting to the lower levels requires a steep descent through tough terrain.

The first section, known as Brasstown Cascades, tumbles 50 feet down a series of rock ledges into a calm swimming hole popular with families in the warmer months of the year.

From there, the hike gets a bit dicey. The trail to the second and third sections descends steeply with lots of rocks and roots along the way. And then there are the large boulders you have to cross. If you’re up to the hike, go for it. Each part of the falls is distinctively beautiful.

The middle section, known as Brasstown Veil, drops 35 feet from one, long flat ledge, thus earning its name.

Brasstown Sluice, the final section, takes the creek trough a narrow chute, dropping another 35 feet into a cove of calm water.

Located in the southern edge of Sumter National Forest in South Carolina's upcountry, Brasstown Falls is one of Oconee County’s most remote waterfalls. But the drive through the secluded and scenic Brasstown Valley is a treat in and of itself.

To get to Brasstown Falls, drive 12 miles on Highway 76 from Westminster and turn left on Brasstown Road. Continue 4 miles (the last 1.5 miles will be gravel), turning right on Forest Service Road 751 just before a small bridge. The parking area is half a mile up the road.