750 – Palmetto Trail Falls

Accessibility – Moderate

Height: Approx 20′

Distance – 6.8 miles RT

Beauty – 4

Photo rating – 4

Solitude – 5

GPS Info: LAT 35.03063 LONG -82.77601

Last Visit – 01-09-2021

Last updated – 02-27-2022

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Palmetto Trail Falls is located on the side of Poplar Hollow Road, the same rod hiked to reach Mountain Cat Falls. The waterfall is 3.4 miles from the TH at US178, making it close to 7.0 miles round trip.

Trailhead GPS: 35.02966 -82-79804

Trailhead Drive: From the intersection of SC11 and US178 head North on US178 for 5.5 miles. You will see a gravel road heading up the grade on the right. There is a pullout just past this road on the left side of the road. I park here and walk the short distance down US178. Coming from NC, the pullout is 10.7miles South on US178 from Rosman High School.

The hike: start up the gravel road walking past the gate. The road is going to be obvious the whole time, so you’re going to follow it as it snakes in and out of each drainage. You will pass over small creeks at 0.1, 0.5, and 1.3 miles from the TH. After the creek at 1.3 miles, the road will climb steeply for the next half mile before topping out. It will swing through a sharp righthand switchback and at 2.0 miles from the TH, you will come to the point where you would leave the trail to get to Mountain Cat Falls. Keep going. You will pass Poplar Hollow and at 3.4 miles the waterfall will be on your left. In the right light and with decent water it makes a nice addition to some other waterfalls in this area but otherwise, it’s nothing more than a place to turn around after walking a long logging grade.