814 – Louie Falls (SC)

Accessibility – Hard (steep scramble)

Height – 40′

Distance – 0.4 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 7

Photo rating – 6

Solitude – 7

GPS Info: LAT 35.05625 LONG -82.84754

Last Updated – 01-18-2023

Last Visited – 03-26-2021

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Louie Falls is one of five waterfalls clustered along Canebrake Road approximately 1.6 miles from Horsepasture Road. Canebrake Road meets Horsepasture Road at the trailhead for Virgina Hawkins Falls. Aff five of these waterfalls are off trail bushwhacks. The terrian is steep and unforgiving. The best I can do it give you the point where I left the road: 35.05593 -82.84873. I would never expect anyone to take my choice for starting the bushwhack as anything more than my preference. This is one of those cases where everyone is going to see things differently. To give it some perspective, from the road to the base of Louie Falls is 0.2 miles and the elevation change is close to 250 feet. If you decide to visit any of these waterfalls, use caution.

Another few things to consider. Canebrake Road is often gated, which turns a 0.4 out and back to Louie Falls into a 3.6 mile day. The other is also important. This is a low-flow creek that does not normally look like this. I went the day after we got more than an inch of rain.