Sloan Bridge Falls

4-8-06 - These 2 waterfalls are next to the Foothills Trail in Oconee County. Parking is at the Sloan Bridge access for the trail, very near the NC state line. If you are in Cashiers, drive down Hwy 107 into South Carolina. The Sloan Bridge parking is on the right a short distance from the border. I didn't go that way so I don't have a mileage. If you get to the left turn that connects to SC130/NC281 to Whitewater Falls, you've gone too far. I came from Lake Toxaway, so I drove down 281 south past Whitewater Falls and took a right towards Hwy 107. This road is Wiggington Rd (SR413), but I don't think it's marked. At Hwy 107, turn right and drive a short distance to the parking area on the left.

The trail begins at the south end of the parking lot. It's fairly easy and follows the east fork of the Chattooga River. After about 1/4 mile, you'll glimpse and hear the small falls. There's a steep scramble path down towards the base. Here's a view of the upper section.

A short distance from this falls is another 10' drop. I didn't bother with pictures this time. At a little over 1/2 mile from the parking area, the trail crosses a small creek below a waterfall known as Hiker's Peril. At one time, the trail crossed part ways up the falls. It's a fairly tall cascade, but needs recent rain to be worth going to.

 

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