King Creek Falls

Location: South Carolina
Trip Starts: Burrell’s Ford Campground
Trip Ends: Burrell’s Ford Campground
Total Distance: 2.6 miles
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: Chattooga River Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate
Trip Type: Overnight Hike
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Sumter National Forest
Andrew Pickens Ranger District
112 Andrew Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, South Carolina 29664
(864) 638-9568

Kings Creek Falls Hike - July 2023

The Chattooga River begins in the mountains of North Carolina as small rivulets, nourished by springs and abundant rainfall, high on the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. The water drops a half mile in elevation over fifty miles as it winds its way to Lake Tugaloo where the river ends between South Carolina and Georgia. The Chattooga is one of the few remaining free-flowing streams in the Southeast, and the setting is primitive with dense forests and undeveloped shorelines on most of its route. On May 10, 1974, Congress designated the Chattooga a Wild and Scenic River – a honor reserved for rivers with outstanding scenery, recreation, wildlife, geologic, and cultural values.

This is a short loop hike that starts at the Burrell’s Ford Campground and follows the Foothills/Chattooga River Trails for 0.4 miles before connecting with a short side trail that leads to Kings Creek Falls. The falls drop 60-70 feet into a U-shaped cove that has a small beach and a nice swimming hole at the base. It is well worth the trip if you are camping nearby. On our trip, we circled back to the campground via the parking area at Burrell’s Ford for ~2.6 mile loop hike.  

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