Licklog Falls - Oconee County, SC
Licklog Falls

12-17-17  In my previous description of Licklog and Pigpen Falls, I didn't give either waterfall very high marks. That was from my only visit to the falls in August 2003. Cindy and I made a return trip to the area in December 2017 and I'll have to say that I was a little more impressed this time. Both waterfalls are very small, but even the small ones can have their own special charm. The hike to see both waterfalls is just under a mile. I wouldn't make a special trip just to see them, but you could combine this hike with the hike to Miuka Falls or maybe King Creek Falls and Spoonauger Falls and have a very nice day. The trail is fairly easy for the most part, but there's a steep descent at the end to see Licklog Falls.

Directions:  From the intersection of SC28 and SC107, drive north on 107 for 3.3 miles and turn left on Village Creek Rd. If you are coming from the North Carolina side, from the intersection of Wigington Rd (SC413) and SC107 near the SC/NC border, drive south on 107 for about 10.6 miles and turn right on Village Creek Rd. Drive 1.7 miles on Village Creek Rd and bear right (and down) on to the gravel Nicholson Ford Rd. Follow this sometimes very narrow road for 2.2 miles until it ends in the small parking area. Don't turn on any private drives. Along the way pass Pribyl Rd, then take the 1 lane right fork the final 0.2 miles to the parking area. If you meet someone along this section, somebody will have to back up. The trail begins at the far end of the parking area and is also access for the Foothills Trail.

The trail begins by heading slightly downhill and continues downhill most of the way. At 0.4 miles into the hike, cross a foot bridge over Pigpen Creek. Continue another 0.1 miles and cross another foot bridge over Licklog Creek. Pigpen Creek flows into Licklog Creek below the bridge. Continue following the trail for another 0.15 miles to where the trail splits. Take the left trail (green blazed Chattooga River Trail south) down the short distance to Pigpen Falls on the left. The waterfall is 2 tiered, but the upper section is mostly hidden with vegetation. The pool in front of the falls isn't very deep and this might be a good place for the kids to say they got to swim at a waterfall. The main section of the falls is maybe 8-10' high - and that might be a stretch. It is a pretty scene and would be a good place to hang out and listen to the water if no one else is around. The first picture below is from 2003 and the last 2 are from 2017.

Pigpen Falls - Oconee County, SC

Pigpen Falls - Oconee County, SC

Pigpen Falls - Oconee County, SC
Pigpen Falls

To get to Licklog Falls, cross the bridge over Licklog Creek below Pigpen Falls and continue down the trail. In 0.2 miles, arrive at the top of Upper Licklog Falls. I'm guessing that there was a lot of vegetation obscuring the view of the falls on my 2003 visit, because I don't have a picture of it and didn't mention it. Below is the view from the trail we had on this last trip, but it's a steep drop off from the trail down to the creek and no good way for the average person to get down for a closer view of the falls.

Upper Licklog Falls - Oconee County, SC
Upper Licklog Falls

Continue a very short distance down the trail to the very steep section of trail that goes down to the view of Licklog Falls. There are plenty of roots and shrubs to assist on the descent, so it's not that bad. Once you get down, you'll be at river level where Licklog Falls meets the Chattooga. Bring a wide angle lens if you hope to get the entire waterfall in your shot without getting wet!

Licklog Falls - Oconee County, SC

Licklog Falls - Oconee County, SC
Licklog Falls

 

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