275 – Sweet Thing on Slickum

Accessibility – Easy

Height – 20′ (two drops)

Distance – 0.4 (out and back)

Beauty – 9

Photo rating – 9

Solitude – 9

GPS Info: LAT 35.0737 LONG -82.6027

Last Updated – 08-17-2018

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To get to Sweet Thing on Slickum, head up the trail on river right that leads to the top of Last Falls. It will ascend from the top of the falls and follow the creek upstream all the way to Sweet Thing. For the most part the trail hugs the creekside, varying between 5 and 10 feet above the waterline. In a few places the trail is narrow and while a fall is not likely fatal, it will leave a mark. As you near Sweet Thing on Slickum the trail will climb steeply before leveling off above the falls on river right. A short but steep scramble leads down to an open rock area at the edge of the collection pool.

I didn’t know what to expect when I wandered into the woods from SC11 but damn, I didn’t expect this. Sweet Thing on Slickum is a 15 foot freefall in a grotto setting, hemmed in my black rock. There is a shallow pool in front of the falls and a shelf behind the falls where you wan get behind the water. Just below the rock where you climb down is a four foot split drop that makes an excellent foreground element in a pictures. Getting below the drop isn’t too hard but will require getting your feet wet.

For a waterfall less than a quarter of a mile from a major road the feel is total isolation and the setting is pristine. On my visit the waterflow was perfect and a thick cloud cover provided excellent lighting conditions. I don’t know that I could have asked for better photographic conditions. The fact I was there for an hour and didn’t see a soul made it even better. It was surprising since when I walked back to my Xterra at WIldcat Wayside there were still people everywhere.

The hike to both falls is kid friendly although the narrow path and steep scramble may test some who are not familiar with these kind of elements. As far as taking pictures, I don’t think there’s a bad vantage.

My new favorite in SC – August 2018
With the lower section as well – August 2018