358 – Slickum Falls

Accessibility – Easy

Height: Approx 75′

Distance – 0.6 of a mile (out and back)

Beauty – 3

Photo rating – 2

Solitude – 3

GPS Info: LAT 35.08279 LONG –82.60568

Last Updated: 11/03/2018


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Slickum Falls is a 75 foot high waterfall on SLickum Creek about half a mile from Persimmon Ridge Road. The hike is along easily followed trails but the view you get from the upper trail leaves much to be desired. There is no good way to capture the falls since the trail leaves you on the top of the exposed rock that comprises the falls. Short on time I wasn’t able to fully explore or seek a better vantage.

To get to the trailhead from Greenville, take US276 North past where SC11 merges in. Persimmon Ridge Road will be in the right about 2.0 miles past the F-Mart which is at River Falls Road (Jones Gap State Park). The turn onto Persimmon Ridge Road is almost 180 degrees. Once on Persimmon Ridge follow it for 3.0 miles to a pullout on the left. There is a sign for Eva Russell Chandler Heritage Trust. If you’re coming from Caesars Head or you simply would rather drive only 0.7 of a mile on the gravel road, you can also reach Persimmon Ridge Road from US276 North between Bald Rock Preserve and Caesars Head State Park. Persimmon Ridge Road is on the right 0.8 of a mile north of the parking area for Bald Rock or on the left 3.8 miles South of the visitor’s center at Caesars Head. The trailhead is 0.7 of a mile from US276.

The hike begins past the gate and follows the logging road for about a tenth of a mile to where the trail intersects. You can go either way but to get to the upper section, take the trail to the left. Not long after entering the woods you will see an old chimney that looks like an in progress game of Jenga. It is taped off, likely because the next time someone removes a brick its going to topple. The trail heads down moderately before emerging onto the exposed rock at the top of the falls. The view from the top lacks and even if you get a little further down, it’s not a great vantage.

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