Sweet Thing on Slickum
Sweet Thing on Slickum

 5-2-16  Here are 2 waterfalls that are really close to the road, but have remained out of the lime light for the most part. My good friend and waterfall finder extraordinaire Bernie Boyer stumbled on these 2 waterfalls in 2006 while exploring Slickum Creek below Slickum Falls. Thomas King added them to his Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina book in 2009 and for some unknown reason, I'm just getting around to visiting them. The first waterfall - Last Falls on Slickum - is less than 100 feet from the road and can be done by anyone that can walk 100'. Sweet Thing on Slickum is less than 0.1 miles up the trail, but the trail is narrow in places so I wouldn't carry small children in here.

Directions:  There are several ways to get here. From Hendersonville, NC get on I-26 east and exit on to US25 at exit 54. After about 9 miles or so, cross into South Carolina, drive another 7 miles and exit on to SC11. Turn left (south), drive just over 4 miles and merge right on the US276/SC11. From here it's 4.7 miles to Wildcat Wayside Falls on the right which is the waterfall next to the road. You can either park here or drive another 1/4 mile and pull off on the right shoulder. You'll be looking on the right for where Slickum Creek goes under SC11 in a culvert. It's very easy to miss, especially if the leaves are on. If you go too far, you'll come to where US276 turns to the right and splits from SC11.

Once you find the creek, look for the narrow, but obvious trail on the left side of the creek. Head up there for less than 100' to Last Falls on Slickum. A very short side trail leads to the creek to what's left of a huge tree that has fallen parallel to the creek. I shot from the other side of the log, then crossed the creek for another perspective. The waterfall is less than 15' high in 2 levels. You can see the smaller upper level better in the 2nd photo below.

Last Falls on Slickum

Last Falls on Slickum
 Last Falls on Slickum

To get to Sweet Thing on Slickum, go back to the main trail, and look for the trail to head up, then continue up the creek. On my visit, the trail was obvious but I could tell not too many people have come this way. There were a couple of downed logs to climb over and the trail was slippery in places from the recent rain. It's a little narrow in places and if you slip you might be sliding down the bank towards the creek. The trail ends at Sweet Thing in less than 0.1 miles (450' from the road by my GPS) and you'll see a short scramble trail that heads down to the base. The waterfall is just shy of 20' high in a beautiful little grotto area. If you waded out into the pool, you could probably stand behind the waterfall but you would not be able to stay dry during normal water flow. These spray areas are delicate ecosystems, so it's not a good idea to be trampling them anyway. Below are 2 more shots of Sweet Thing, then a video of both waterfalls.

Sweet Thing on Slickum

Sweet Thing on Slickum
Sweet Thing on Slickum

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