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Raven Cliff Falls Loop

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 4.5 (26) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This hike has everything from scenic waterfall views to extreme changes in elevation and a massive cliff wall.


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7.8

Miles

12.5

KM

Loop

3,094' 943 m

High

1,782' 543 m

Low

1,681' 512 m

Up

1,683' 513 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

52%

Max Grade (27°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This hike offers a scenic view of Raven Cliff Falls. There are great places to enjoy water from the mountain river, as well. This loop combines the Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11, the Gum Gap/Foothills Trail, the Naturaland Trust Trail #14, and the Dismal Trail #12 for a great adventure!

Description

This is a great workout with a tremendous payoff. You start hiking on Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11 (easy) to Dismal Trail #12. Follow the Dismal Trail to its end, hiking down over 2,000 feet in elevation. Then take a right onto the Naturaland Trust Trail #14 (strenuous) crossing over Matthews Creek at the bottom then beginning your ascent of over 2,000 feet in elevation.

Along the way, there is a great break spot on a ledge (see photo) and the Cathedral formation (also see photo). This section is very steep. We crossed Matthews Creek above the falls on a suspension bridge then took a right on the Gum Gap/Foothills Trail all the way back to Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11 and eventually the parking lot.

This hike is outstanding; you should definitely experience it for yourself. Be prepared, as with either direction this is a hard hike with a well-earned payoff.

Flora & Fauna

Rhododendrons, mountain laurels, oaks, maples and poplars, Several species of birds,

Contacts

Shared By:

Gary Roberson with improvements by Timothy Parrish and 1 other

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  4.5 from 26 votes

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Photos

The Cathedral's colossal cliffs are truly a sight to see.
Feb 15, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
Check out this cool rock-and-tree-root formation right beside Matthew's Creek.
Feb 17, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
Upper section of Raven Cliff Falls.
Dec 25, 2018 near Slater-…, SC
Raven Cliff Falls cascades onto the rocks below.
Feb 15, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
An ice formation provides some wintertime beauty at the bottom of The Cathedral.
Feb 15, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
Looking up river from the suspension bridge crossing above Raven Cliff Falls. This water is what creates the 400 foot falls below.
Dec 1, 2018 near Slater-…, SC

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May 10, 2020
Dana Ochs
Mar 1, 2020
Lee Scott
8.5mi — 4h 00m
Feb 28, 2020
Bryon Jones
Dec 15, 2019
Taylor Y
Dec 8, 2019
Angie Boone
Need to check in at the start of the trail or office. — 11h 48m
Nov 29, 2019
Ryne Hughey
Had a good hike met Mark Rodgers and hiked with him. Made a friend and he was great to hike with 11.1mi — 3h 50m
Sep 21, 2019
Bill McCracken
Sep 7, 2019
Ryne Hughey