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Starting from the Cherry Hill Recreation Area, this moderate out and back, 2.7 mile trail affords views of the biggest drop on the Chattooga River, a rumbling, 30-foot hydraulic known as Big Bend Falls. Even though this is a mountainous locale, you will find the hiking on this trail is fairly straightforward. Red blazes guide you through a predominantly hardwood forest of hemlocks, white oaks, mountain laurel, and galax. The Big Bend Trail runs parallel to Big Bend Road (FS 709) for some distance, and eventually ends at a junction with the Foothills Trail. You need to hike approximately .6 mile south on the Foothills/Chattooga Trails (the Foothills and Chattooga Trails run concurrent in this area) for a nice view of Big Bend Falls from a ridge overlooking the river.

Directions: From Walhalla, Take 107 north to SC Highway 28 north of the ranger station. Taking a left on 28, Cherry Hill is located a few miles north on the right.

Distance: 2.7 miles

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Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

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