I hate to say it, but these 2 falls weren't very pretty. I wouldn't have even bothered with photos except to have something to show you here. The hike was nice and it took us to a section of the Chattooga River, so all wasn't lost. Again, we were coming from the Lake Toxaway, NC area, so directions are from there. Take 64 west to Sapphire and turn left on 281 south. Follow that for 10 miles into SC and take the 1st right at the sign pointing to SC107. Turn left on 107, drive 10.4 miles and take a right on Village Creek Rd. If you get to the entrance of Oconee State Park on the left you've gone too far. Drive another 1.7 miles and turn right on Nicholson Ford Rd (FS775). Drive another 2.2 miles to the parking area, passing Pribyl Rd and at about 2 miles, a private drive that veers to the left at a fork. The right fork is narrow and the parking is just ahead about another 0.2 mile.
The Foothills Trail connects from both ends of the parking area - take the path at the info board and fisherman's register. The hike is fairly easy. At about 1/2 mile, the trail passes Pigpen Falls on the left and down the hill. There was a fire ring here on our late August '03 visit and my reaction was 'this is it???' It's not what the books described. The falls is maybe 6-10' with a shallow sandy pool kids can play in pictured below.
There is a second 6-10' tier to the falls, but it's mostly obscured by overgrown foliage and a huge log that has fallen across the top of the first section. You can kind of see it in the photo above. If you go back up the trail, there's a faint path that leads down to it. We crawled out on the log and I used the wide angle lens to get this shot -
One book I have calls these falls Upper Licklog, so you can pick which ever name you prefer. To get to Licklog Falls, cross the wooden footbridge on what is now the Chattooga Trail. At about 1/4 mile, the trail passes by the upper section of the falls. There's a steep trail leading down to it, but conditions were wet and the rock looked very slippery, so we passed. The trail continues next to the falls, but they are obscured by the trees. At the point where the trail makes a sharp turn to the left to follow the Chattooga River, a faint path leads down to the river and the base of the lower falls. This section is about 25' and I had to wade out in the river to get this angle. Snapped off a couple of shots before it started raining again.
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