Parking Direction: Gravel parking lot off of Chester Ave/US-21. MAP. From Great Falls, it will be right before the Rocky Creek bridge on the left. Just past address provided in MAP link (1030 Chester Ave, Great Falls, SC 29055).
Additional Information: Walking downhill from the trailhead, the canoe and kayak river access point will be visible along the shoreline.
This 1.6-mile, out-and-back trail is located along Rocky Creek, a tributary of the Catawba River. This natural surface trail is suitable for hiking and biking. At the river access, the trail "T"s. Taking a left will lead visitors on a 0.2-mile walk to a scenic waterfall. Following the trail to the right will lead visitors down a pleasant trail with scenic views of Rocky Creek.
*Special notes: Visitors are advised to use caution as the initial segment of the trail is fairly steep and made up of a patchwork of pavement. Please beware of the private property to the right down this section of the trail. However trail visitors are permitted to walk through the open gate and continue along the trail.
The path, as well as the land surrounding it on both sides of the creek, has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. The designation marks its significance as a diverse and healthy wildlife habitat. There are rock outcroppings throughout the creek that provide impressive viewpoints and ideal locations to observe birds.
Visit the Katawba Valley Land Trust's website for more information or contact:
Katawba Valley Land Trust
PO Box 1776
Lancaster, SC 29721-1776
(Physical Address)106 East Meeting Street
Phone: (803) 285-9455
Fax: (803) 283-9181