114 – Middle Wildcat Branch Falls

Accessibility – Easy

Height: Approx 10′

Distance – Roadside

Beauty – 6

Photo rating – 8

Solitude – 5

GPS Info: LAT 35.074233 LONG -82.596846

Last Updated: 04/01/2017

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The Middle Falls on Wildcat Branch are the second of three waterfalls along this section of Wildcat Branch in the Mountain Bridge The lower waterfall is visible from the side of SC11. A set of rough stone steps ascend the left side of the falls and lead to a creek crossing in front of the Middle Falls. You can also take a steep scramble path up the right side of the falls to avoid having to cross the creek. Venturing further upstream there is a 100 foot high Upper Falls. From my research it appears that access to this waterfall has been restricted by State Park Service. Several websites have said they have closed the trail to the upper falls because of numerous accidents, where bravado overwhelmed commonsense. An excellent view of the upper falls is possible without crossing the dangerous boulders.

The Middle Falls on Wildcat Branch is is along a stretch where US 276 / SC 11 merge. Coming from Greenville, follow US 276 past the merger with SC 11 for five miles. A parking area for the falls is on the right. From Brevard, follow US 276 to a point 0.5 miles past the merger with SC 11. The pull off and falls are on the left. From the parking area take the stone steps to the top of the falls to the rock hop across the creek. You can get a great shot of the falls from this point. You can continue across the creek and ascend past the kiosk to a point above Middle Falls on Wildcat Branch. As always, use caution around the top of waterfalls. The rock can be slippery and it only takes one misstep to ruin the day.

The hike to the middle section of the falls is kid friendly and the steps are easy to follow. The Middle Falls are under a thick canopy so the lighting is usually good. When you’re done here, you can continue to Fourth Falls (my name).

Middle Falls on Wildcat Branch
The stairs to Middle Wildcat Branch Falls