While an article has previously been published on Sloan Bridge Falls, a recent hike along the East Fork of the Chattooga River deems the topic worth a re-visit.
There is a string of cascades within a quarter mile along the East Fork of the Chattooga River and what makes these waterfalls so nice is just that – they are on a river, not a branch, not a creek, but a full-blown river which gives the water flow necessary to make all the drops significant in sight and in sound.
To get to the trail head, take SC 28 north out of Walhalla until you encounter SC 107 which you will take 14.1 miles to just past SC 413 (Wigington Road) where you will find a parking area on your left. The Foothills Trail will be on the left side of the parking area.
After about 0.3 miles on the Foothills Trail, you’ll be able to see a nice tiered waterfall (unnamed) probably about 8 feet. Water flow is across the entire rock face and it makes a nice sound. Good photos can be taken from the trail which is high up off the river.
However, another 0.1 miles downstream, you’ll begin to hear some significant sound and you’ll recognize that this cascade is in another league. And, indeed it is. What you’re hearing is a run of 3 waterfalls ranging from 5 feet to 25 feet. You have found Sloan Bridge Falls. All 3 are tiered with water flow across the entire rock face like the unnamed falls upstream. The real difference here is that all 3 are hidden in the foliage. Photos are any of the 3 segments will require a reasonably tough scramble down to water lever for a clear shot. But they are impressive and worth the effort.
And you’re not through. Another 0.1 miles downstream is Lower Sloan Bridge Falls. About 10 feet high, it is similar in appearance to all the falls that have come before – tiered with water flow across the entire face. Here, again, you will have a clear shot of the waterfall from up on the trail. No need for a scramble here.
And now, you’re through – well, at least with falls on the river. Continue another 0.1 miles and you’ll step across the base of Hikers Peril, a 50+ foot waterfall on a small tributary as it approaches the river.
This is a heck of a hike, only 0.6 miles in length yet contains 6 significant water features. As noted, this is a re-visit. With nature at this level, one visit isn’t enough.