Oil Camp Falls
2-6-16 - Oil Camp Falls is a very easy 1.5 mile out and back hike, but you better go after some decent rain if you want to see any water flow. I imagine that it's no more than a big wet rock in drier times. In the picture above, it's the waterfall on the other side of Oil Camp Creek, but that photo is a little deceiving. The waterfall is actually about 70-80' high. I plan to go back when the leaves are out and I'm expecting the view of the waterfall to be blocked.
Directions from Brevard: Take US276 south from the center of town for about 12 miles into South Carolina. Pass Caesars Head State Park, the parking for Raven Cliff Falls trail, and continue down the curvy road for several more miles to a stop sign where 276 meets Hwy 11. Turn left - Hwys 276 and 11 share this stretch of road for about 6 miles. At about 1/2 mile you'll notice Wildcat Branch Falls on the left. Continue on 276/11 for about 4.5 miles and turn left at the F-Mart on to River Falls Road. Drive 2.9 miles and turn left on Oil Camp Rd. Drive 1.7 miles on this narrow road and bear right where the pavement ends on to a one lane rutted out mostly red dirt road. Drive about 0.1 miles to the end and attempt to park without blocking the gate. At the only time I have visited this waterfall, there was barely enough room for 2-3 vehicles to park and you could bottom out trying to get turned around.
If you are coming from the Asheville area, you can get on I-26 east and head towards South Carolina. Pass the Hendersonville exits and continue to Exit 54 (US25 south). Take this exit, follow US25 for 10.3 miles and turn right on Gap Creek Rd. Follow Gap Creek Rd for 5-6 miles until it ends at River Falls Rd. Turn left, drive 0.7 miles and turn right on Oil Camp Rd. Follow the directions above to the puny parking area.
Begin the hike on the old road on the other side of the gate. Hike about 1/2 mile and cross an old concrete bridge over Oil Camp Creek. Continue about another tenth of a mile and cross another bridge at a red gate. Go a short distance and look for the Pinnacle Pass Trail coming in from the right. Just past this on the left - and if the water is flowing good - look for a small waterfall coming in to Oil Camp Creek from the opposite side. There was an old rusty 55 gallon drum just below the main drop on my visit. Just about immediately after that, cross a 3rd bridge and continue a hundred yards or so to Oil Camp Falls on the right. If the leaves are on the trees, the view may be obscured and with low water flow, you could easily pass by it without noticing it. Scramble down to the creek for a better view. Be sure to click the video below to see both Oil Camp and Eastern Stream Falls.
smaller waterfall before Oil Camp Falls
Oil Camp Falls
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