The Long Shoals Wayside Park is a nice place to stop and take a break while driving through northern South Carolina. The “waterfall” isn’t extremely exciting, but the scenery is beautiful. Exploring Little Estatoe Creek is fun to do, as the shoals are more photogenic than expected. When I visited in early March, there were pools of water with some amphibian eggs that looked very cool. I also saw people fishing in the creek.
After visiting again in March 2017, I realized that getting down to the Long Shoals requires slightly bit more effort than I remember. It’s not a long hike, but you do have to follow a downhill trail to get to the falls. (There might be another trail that leads down to the shoals that is a bit easier to use.)
- The wayside park is found in northwestern South Carolina on SC-11 between Keowee-Toxaway State Park and Table Rocks State Park.
- If you’re driving east, the park will be on your right.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.1 mi RT
Long Shoals in March 2009
Long Shoals in March 2017
Where in the World is Long Shoals?
When I took my trip to see waterfalls in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, Twin Falls ended up being one of my favorite waterfalls, and it was one of the last falls that I visited. I wasn’t even sure I was going to visit it, as there are many other waterfalls in the area, but I was extremely glad that I did. Twin Falls is a visually spectacular waterfall.
Twin Falls (aka Reedy Cove Falls or Eastatoe Falls) is has two waterfalls that are separated by a distance of 15 or more feet. This is not two subsequent drops, but instead a river that has separated somewhere beyond what we can see. It just makes for a great view! Another benefit to Twin Falls is that it is not that busy, mostly because it involves a rather complicated drive to a place that I was surprised to find people inhabiting in the first place! Still, any waterfall lover should definitely check out Twin Falls.
- From Pickens, SC, head north on US-178 for 12 miles.
- About 3 miles after the intersection of US-178 and SC-11, you’ll turn left on Cleo Chapman Road (aka Pickens County Rd. S-100). It is very easy to miss this road, so pay very close attention! If you miss this turn, it is a while before you can turn around, and that can be complex because of all the curving and winding road.
- Carefully drive for 2 miles to Eastatoe Community Rd. Turn right.
- Drive for 1 mile on Eastatoe Community Rd. and then turn right onto Waterfalls Drive, which is a one-lane road.
- Veer left at the first fork in the road to the end of the road, which is indicated by a sign for a nature preserve.
- From here, follow the trail to the falls.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.5 mi RT
Twin Falls in March 2009
Where in the World is Twin Falls?