Blue Hole Falls Trail Offers Lofty Perspective of 75-Foot Waterfall

By:Marie McAden

Date:11/10/2016

Sometimes the journey is as rewarding as the destination. Blue Hole Falls would fit into that category.


A half-mile trail takes you far above the waterfall where you can soak in the spectacle of Cedar Creek spilling over a granite ledge, shooting through a rocky sluice, then thundering 75 feet into the aptly named “blue hole.”


You don’t have to make the treacherous descent to the pool at the bottom of the falls to get your money’s worth on this hike. All the action—and some of the prettiest scenery—is at the top.


Located in a remote and thickly wooded section of Sumter National Forest, the trail begins on a forest service road closed to vehicular traffic. A little more than a quarter mile down the gravel road, you’ll find the beginning of a footpath that follows the creek.


It will take you another 15 minutes to reach the end of the trail. Just before you hit the stopping point is a spur trail on the left leading down a steep bank to the creek. From the rocks at water’s edge you get a great view of the slow-moving Cedar Creek as it emerges from the woods and plummets over the first ledge, a wide 15-foot slanted rock face that disappears into a quiet pool.


You might be satisfied taking in the pristine wilderness that surrounds you, but there’s an even better perch below.


A short way back along the main trail is another footpath leading to the water. This one puts you below the ledge on an area of flat rock that stretches halfway across the creek.


From here, you can walk downstream, following the journey of the creek as it finds its way through a maze of rocks. To continue the descent through the gorge, you’ll need to scramble up heaps of boulders making your way from one large rock to another.


A word of warning: The rocks can be slippery when wet, so choose your steps carefully. If you continue, you’ll reach an outcropping at the very top of Blue Hole Falls.


The view of the water surging through a narrow gap and making its dramatic 75-foot plunge is breathtaking—and more than enough reward for the moderate hike.


Getting to the bottom of the falls requires fording Cedar Creek above the cascade at the top. More than likely, you’ll have to get your feet wet to get across.


The faint path downstream to the waterfall is steep and takes you over narrow ledges, a trek even the most experienced hikers may choose to skip, especially if it has rained.


Blue Hole Falls is located between Mountain Rest and Walhalla in Oconee County. Find directions here.

Related Content

12 Easy-Access Waterfalls
If you think it takes hiking all day to get a peek at a stunning waterfall, think again. South Carolina mountains are blessed with showy falls that are easily accessed with paved paths and short hiking trails. You can even see one from your car window.
South Carolina Waterfalls: Your Guide to the 10 Most Spectacular Shows Around
South Carolina boasts beautiful waterfalls throughout the state. Whether you are looking for roaring cascades or a quiet falls, South Carolina is sure to please. Here is a list of the Upstate's top ten waterfalls.
Just up the Road: Greenville's Hidden Gem Is Travelers Rest
Assorted eateries, shops, plus a brewery and a distillery are part of the small-town ambiance of this foothills community of 4,500.
Weekend Getaway in Oconee County
Get away for the weekend in Oconee County exploring the beauty of outdoor South Carolina and the fun of hiking and camping in the Palmetto State's parks.

Featured Products

City of Walhalla
Mountains

Walhalla

Mountains

Mountains

The
Mountains Region

Learn More
Known as a gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Walhalla is situated in the northwestern section of the state. Founded in 1850 by German immigrants, the name ...
Blue Hole Falls
Mountains

Walhalla

Mountains

Mountains

The
Mountains Region

Learn More
Blue Hole Falls is a 75-foot cascade on Cedar Creek that falls into the blue pool for which it is named. A moderate hike on a poorly defined path leads you the falls. Be ...
Sumter National Forest - Andrew Pickens Ranger District - Mountain Rest
Mountains

Mountain Rest

Mountains

Mountains

The
Mountains Region

Learn More
Named for a Revolutionary War General, the Andrew Pickens Ranger District boasts scenic views, hiking trails, campgrounds, hunting, fishing, whitewater floating, and a ho ...

Featured products and attractions in "Blue Hole Falls Trail Offers Lofty Perspective of 75-Foot Waterfall"

Nearby Attractions

  • {{item.name}}