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Sid's Falls: The Prettiest Waterfall You've Never Heard Of

Waterfalls sure are purdy.

Honestly, I could end the blog there, put up a few photos, and y'all would probably get the point. But, I'm long-winded and conversational, so naturally, I think there's more to be said about Sid's Falls in Oconee County, South Carolina.

There are so many waterfalls in Southern Appalachia that deserve a double-take. Crabtree, Fall Creek, Anna Ruby, and Mingus are just a few of the heavy hitters that draw crowds of nature lovers from all around. However, you don't need to fight droves of humanity to see a waterfall that leaves you feeling star-struck. Take a stroll down the road less traveled to Sid's Falls, and you'll see what I mean.

Length: 3 miles round-trip

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Why it's cool: Dreamy meadows and an even dreamier waterfall

Directions to the Sid's Falls Trailhead

Sid's Falls is hidden in the hollers of the Andrew Pickens Ranger District of the Sumter National Forest in Oconee County, South Carolina — not far from the border of north Georgia. To get to the trailhead, you'll turn off of SC Highway 76 onto Damascus Church Road in the community of Long Creek. You'll pass by Chattooga Belle Farm (which is worth the stop!), and follow the road until it turns into Battlecreek Rd. Follow this road for just under another mile, and when you see a red forest service gate, you'll know that you're in the right place.

Also, when I hiked this trail, I found this helpful little guide attached to the gate.

Helpful tips at the Sid's Falls trailhead
Sid's Falls Trailhead

Hiking to Sid's Falls

The trail leading to the falls is straightforward and easy to follow. The first bit of this trail is a roadbed that eventually weaves its way into a proper "hiking trail" in the forest. Along the way, you'll find probably one of the most gorgeous little meadows that I've ever seen while hiking. The friend I was with and I sat there for a while enjoying the sun. I was too caught up in the moment to take a photo of the meadow itself, but said friend did capture this shot of me basking in the beauty of this little spot. I was having the best time, y'all.

Me sitting in a meadow along the Sid's Falls trail
Meadow in Sid's Falls

After passing this meadow, you aren't far from the falls. You'll encounter a short (but steep) descent to the viewing area, which feels like more of a scramble. Once you're there, you'll be absolutely BLESSED with the visual of this tall, statuesque, cathedral-like waterfall.

I mean, just LOOK at this thing! I'm obsessed.

Sid's Falls waterfall in Oconee County
Sid's Falls

We hit this spot later in the morning than I usually do for a hike, and we only encountered one other duo on this trail. However, if you really want this spot all to yourself, I'd suggest getting here early. You won't have nearly the crowd that you might see at one of those really popular falls mentioned above, but it's still a special feeling to take in the glory of nature with no one else around.

For more photos and explorations, be sure to follow The Wandering Appalachian on Instagram and Pinterest! Be sure when you're discovering new places to practice Leave No Trace principles. Take only pictures, and leave only footprints. Happy wandering, y'all


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