028 – Raven Cliff Falls

Accessibility – Moderate

Height: Approx 320′

Distance – 4.0 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 7

Photo rating – 7

Solitude – 7

GPS Info: LAT 35.1057 LONG -82.6610

Last updated – 04/01/2017

Home     Alphabetical Listing     Numerical Listing     Location Listing    Single Waterfalls

Raven Cliff Falls is a 320 foot high waterfall in South Carolina, only a few miles from the North Carolina Border. The waterfall is in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area very close to Caesar’s Head. Trailhead parking is a short distance form the visitor’s center on the right side of the road. The trail is about two miles one way to a viewing deck that gives a decent view of the falls.

Coming form Brevard NC, follow US276 South to the NC/SC border. Start your odometer here. The parking area is 1.5 miles away on the left. Like Whitewater Falls in Nantahala Forest there is a $2 parking fee. This is self-serve and covers daily use. If you’re approaching from Greenville, SC follow US276 North past Wildcat Wayside and bear right at the split. This will take you through a series of switchbacks up the mountain to Caesar’s head. The parking area is one mile past the visitor’s center. If need be, snap a pic of the map on the information kiosk in the parking area.

The red-blazed Raven Cliff Falls Trail starts across US276 from the parking lot. The trial is well-established and very easy to follow. Just beyond 1.4 miles after starting out the trail will intersect the blue-blazed Gum Gap Trail. Stay to the left, following the red-blazes. Three tenths of a mile after this split the trail intersects with another trail that branches to the left. This is the intersection with the Dismal Trail (purple blaze).  Stay on the red blazed trail for another 0.3 of a mile to the observation deck and the distant falls. There are other trails that will get you closer to the falls but on my visit in 2014, they were closed due to the trail conditions. A planned return visit didn’t happen in 2015 but maybe in 2016.

The lower drop at Raven Cliff Falls – June 2014
The upper drops at Raven Cliff Falls – June 2014