Wildcat Nature Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 179' 54 m
Descent: -186' -57 m
High: 1,215' 370 m
Low: 1,056' 322 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A short, easy mile-long loop with three waterfalls, kid friendly and a nice cool-off during the summer.”— Mark P...
Family Friendly Waterfalls and shallow pools for wading make a nice cool down in the summer.
- There aren't any facilities or trash cans, practice the Leave No Trace principles. Limited cell coverage in area. There are copper head snakes in the area so be alert.
This trail is roughly a mile long, depending on if you're starting from parking lot or the information board. From the parking lot, it was recorded as 1.1 miles using the Hiking Project mobile app and took about 50 minutes which included stopping at the waterfalls.
Park along the side of Geer Hwy 11 / 276 and the first set of falls is right near the road. Rock steps will take you up past the chimney of an old picnic shelter and to the second level of Wildcat Falls which are about 20-30 feet high. Here the trail will fork (this description follows the clockwise direction), and hikers should head left for a slower climb up and back down the stairs on the right. Cross the creek to the other side with the information board.
About 0.5 miles into the hike, you'll reach the base of Upper Wildcat Falls; you'll have to cross a few rocks to get to the other side where you'll find a little trail going up the right side a little higher to some flat rocks which make a nice seat for admiring the high falls. Be careful climbing as well for your own safety as it is risky with signs posted and past fatal injuries apparently.
Over the next 0.3 miles, there are a few dry stream crossing and a small granite side waterfall. Near the highest point of the loop, the sound of the creek fades. Here, hikers can see a leaf shrouded view of the little valley below. From there, it's basically all downhill with over a few log stairs to connect back to the fork and the reaming short distance back to the parking area.
Land Manager: SC State Parks - Caesars Head