8-30-03

Station Cove is a beautiful 60' falls and one we should have visited sooner. If you can, plan to visit after some decent rainfall. I've seen photos of it in drier weather where it's more of a trickle. Coming from the Lake Toxaway area in NC, take Hwy 64 west to Sapphire and turn left down 281 south. Drive about 10 miles into South Carolina, passing Gorges State Park, Thompson River Parking and Whitewater Falls. From the border, the road becomes SC130 and ends after 10.3 miles at Hwy 11. Take a right on 11, drive 6.7 miles and turn right on to Oconee Station Rd (SR 95). The trailhead is 2.4 miles down Oconee Station Rd on the left. Parking here is limited to 4 or 5 vehicles, but additional parking is available at the Oconee Station State Historic Site, 0.3 miles back up the road.

From the info board, the trail is about 0.5 miles and a fairly easy 10-15 minute hike. Cross 2 footbridges along the way before arriving at Station Creek below the falls. Cross the creek on the stepping stones to approach the falls. If you go on a nice week end day, expect others to be enjoying the falls also. There are no deep pools to swim in, but you can wade right up to the base for closer views of the moss and algae growing on the rocks.

 

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