Spoonauger Falls 3-28-17
3-28-17 Spoonauger Falls is a beautiful 40-50 multi-tiered waterfall near the Chattooga River in northern Oconee County. The waterfall looks it's best when water levels are higher than normal, so keep that in mind before you go. Water flow can be barely more than a trickle during drier times. The hike to the waterfall is fairly easy and just over 1/4 mile. You could easily do this and King Creek Falls in less than a day and still have time to enjoy the river.
Directions: Heading west from Walhalla on SC28, drive about 8 miles and bear right on to SC107. Drive 10 miles on 107 and turn left on to Burrells Ford Rd. If you are heading south on 107 from the North Carolina side, from the intersection of Wigington Rd and SC107, drive south on 107 for 3.7 miles and turn right on to Burrells Ford Rd. (Wigington Rd is the road that cuts over to SC130 (NC281) where you would turn left to go up to Whitewater Falls.) Burrells Ford Rd is paved for about 1/4 mile, then turns to gravel. Drive 2.5 miles and park in the wide area of the road on the right before you get to the bridge. You will have passed the parking for King Creek Falls on the left at 2.3 miles. The hike begins at the kiosk.
Follow the Chattooga River Trail from the kiosk heading towards the river. At 0.2 miles, cross Spoonauger Creek and turn right at the sign pointing towards the waterfall. The trail comes to a very small waterfall on the creek, then switchbacks to the left and continues a short distance to Spoonauger Falls. There are 3 sections to the waterfall - the top main section, a smaller middle section, then a lower section that was covered in debris on my last visit. The first picture above shows the upper 2 sections, then the pictures below just show the upper section.
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