Twin Falls (Pickens County)

Twin Falls (not to be confused with Twin Falls in Pisgah National Forest), also known as Reedy Cove Falls, is a great little waterfall attraction that is accessible to just about anyone. There are two ways to access the falls—the easy/safe way and hard/dangerous way. I’ll address the easy way first and I recommend that you do it the easy way before attempting the hard way.

The easy way

Twin Falls is easy to access from the road. You don’t need hiking gear or any physical aptitude to complete this very short hike. Use your GPS to navigate to the point on the map below. Get your device going well before you get close to the destination because there is no cell service in the area.

Park in the gravel lot, but be careful not to block the gate. Follow the creek on the level pathway until you get to the waterfall viewing platform. Reedy Cove Creek splits into two (and sometimes three) streams before cascading over the cliff face. It’s quite impressive.

If that’s all you want to do, then this ends the easy/safe way. You can walk back to your car. If you want to hike above the falls, then carefully navigate the slick stone creek bed and make your way to the left corner of the cliff face. From there, scramble up the hill and you’ll find a trail that takes you to the top.

There are steel rails from an abandoned train line in the creek.

There’s also another small waterfall and a swimming hole at the top. It’s pretty fun to explore the area. My guide book said there was a triple-breaking waterfall 1½ miles upstream, but I couldn’t find it.

I must point out that the rocks are very slick. A fall from the top of the falls would likely be fatal. Exercise caution every step of the way.

The hard way

Pay attention on the drive back out of the area. Before the road out intersects with Hwy 178, you’ll see a red gate on your left. There is room for a couple of cars to park. This is the trail head for a pathway that will take you to the top of the falls. The trail is 1½ miles long and is not strenuous.

Once again, don’t block the gate. You’ll walk around the gate and towards a wooden fence. Pass through that fence and then you are on the trail. It mostly follows an old roadway (or railroad?), so the grade is subtle. After a while, it switches to single track the rest of the way. Even this area largely follows the contour of the mountain.

The problem with going this way is that the trail spits you out at the top of the falls right at the edge. If you’re not paying attention, you could step right into the cascade. In order to get a good look at twin falls, you have to cross the creek and then scramble down to the base of the falls.

I can promise you that it’s much easier scrambling up the hillside by the falls than scrambling down. If you’re confident in your climbing skills, then go this way. If you have pets or small children with you, then you’re much better off going the easy way.

I learned about this waterfall from the book, Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina.

I’m the C.C. in C.C. Hikes. I’m a strategic marketer by day, a bad guitarist by night, and an avid weekend explorer. I built this site to log my travels to nearby parks, trails, and attractions. You’re welcome to follow along. Use my travelog to discover fun places to visit and then use my interactive map to navigate there.

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