Upper Wildcat Branch Falls, South Carolina

I mentioned in the last post that some waterfall pictures end up looking better than you remember in person. On the other hand, some pictures just can’t convey the view. And with Upper Wildcat Branch Falls, the view is very odd. The picture just doesn’t really show it.

I don’t even know how to describe Upper Wildcat Branch Falls. It’s taller than you would think. It’s not hard to get to at all, but once you get there, you’ll be surprised there’s even a waterfall there. I guess just and check it out for yourself.

A note: Please observe any signs that indicate the end of the trail. The trail to Upper Wildcat Branch Falls ends further away from the falls. You can still see the falls from afar.


  1. There are multiple ways to reach the two falls. The easiest way is to find where US-276 and SC-11 split in northern South Carolina. The parking area for the falls will be about 1/2 a mile east of that split.
  2. You should be able to see Lower Wildcat Branch Falls from the road. The parking area for the falls is right there.
  3. On the left of Lower Wildcat Branch Falls, you’ll notice a trail that leads to Upper Wildcat Branch Falls.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 100′
Length of Hike: 0.8 miles round-trip

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Upper Wildcat Branch Falls in March 2009

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