Waldrop Stone Falls

 
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And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul
— John Muir

The good news? You don’t have to go too deep into the forest to reach this magical spot featuring a beautiful waterfall. So on those days when a long, strenuous hike isn’t in the cards, Waldrop Stone Waterfall Trail is an excellent option for a quick little jaunt. Located in the North Forest of the Clemson Experimental Forest, this trail was built by Boy Scout Troop 235. Discover for yourself the fantastic job they did from providing a detailed map to building a series of benches for relaxing and enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

Park along the gravel pull off on Waldrop Stone Road - you will see a gated entrance that leads to the trailhead. Be sure not to block the gate, which sounds easy enough but parking is quite limited.

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Views of rolling hills greet you as you begin your hike along the road bed in this quiet, peaceful setting. For approximately .25 miles continue along the road bed until signs direct you to go left. The path will lead you deeper into the woods until you reach the waterfall side trail. The side trail is steep and narrow, but broken up by several sets of staircases as it winds down to the waterfall, making it easier to navigate.

Waldrop Stone Falls may not be as tall and grand as others, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. The sounds of rushing water, leaves rustling in the wind, and birds chirping give the sense of being miles and miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, yet you are less than half a mile away from your car.

After taking a moment (or longer) to explore the falls, have a picnic, or just relax, head back up the side trail and continue straight to hike the full loop. The trail follows the creek, taking you slowly and easily back up, looping around to the road bed where it all started.

With the loop totaling less than a mile overall, you’re on the trail for only a short time. Walk the loop until you get all your steps in if you are in the mood for more of a workout. Switch it up and go the other way to make it even more interesting. No matter what you decide on, this trail will not disappoint.

 
 

Next time you’re in the area and want to explore the great outdoors, but don’t have a lot of time, Waldrop Stone Falls is the perfect option.

Happy Trails!

Jen Charles