Greenville, SC: Raven Cliff Falls Loop

This 7.7-mile lollipop loop through the Mountain Bridge Wilderness leads to Raven Cliff Falls, arguably South Carolina's most famous waterfall.
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This 7.7-mile lollipop loop through the Mountain Bridge Wilderness leads to Raven Cliff Falls, arguably South Carolina's most famous waterfall.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.1

Waypoints

RFS001

Location: 35.1158561706543, -82.6386795043945

From parking area, cross US 276 to Raven Cliff Falls trailhead. Head S

RFS002

Location: 35.1123237609863, -82.6533737182617

L @ Y, continuing along red-blazed Raven Cliff Falls Trail through oak-hickory mix, common to surrounding uplands

RFS003

Location: 35.1097564697266, -82.6564254760742

R @ Y down short trail to falls overlook

RFS004

Location: 35.1091079711914, -82.6582412719726

Wide views across gorge to Raven Cliff Falls where Matthews Creek spills more than 400 ft. to valley floor. Return to WPT 3; R @ Y onto steeply descending Dismal Trail. Caution: Poison ivy

RFS005

Location: 35.104061126709, -82.6463623046875

R @ T onto pink-blazed Naturaland Trust Trail, following Matthews Creek. Evergreen hemlocks thrive

RFS006

Location: 35.1044578552246, -82.6502456665039

Cable bridge over creek; in .6 mi., see plants cling for dear life on flat expanse of The Cathedral, a towering 120-ft. rock wall

RFS007

Location: 35.1048698425293, -82.6613235473633

Planked suspension bridge offers top-down view of loud Raven Cliff Falls. Here, the creek slides, crashes, drops, and cascades on its surge over bare, broken cliffs

RFS008

Location: 35.1044158935547, -82.6640014648438

R @ T onto blue-blazed Gum Gap Trail, a wide dirt road closed to park traffic. In summer, buckberries and blackberries abound

RFS009

Location: 35.1151962280273, -82.6573257446289

Trail swings SSE; L @ WPT 2 back to trailhead

Raven Cliff Falls

Location: 35.1049842834473, -82.6615371704102

©Danielle Bernstein

The base of the falls

Location: 35.1048545837402, -82.6612014770508

©Danielle Bernstein