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Waterfalls: Upper Whitewater Falls to Lower Whitewater Falls

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Oconee State Park, SC   Hike: Waterfalls: Upper Whitewater Falls to Lower Whitewater Falls   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 14 2018  9:00 am >> Sat, Jul 14 2018 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jul 5 2018 9:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 12 2018 10:44 am
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Chad C
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



This waterfall hikes will take us to the Upper and Lower Whitewater falls in North Carolina. This is an intermediate 10 mile hike.

Starting at the Upper Whitewater Falls overlook, we'll begin a steep descent to the Whitewater River. This is around 500 feet in just over half a mile, mostly wooden steps, so be prepared.  After that we'll cross over the Whitewater River and follow it to the Lower falls in approx 5 miles.

We'll head back after snack lunch and a viewing of the falls.  The way  back is just the same except for the ascent at the end - remember the trail heading down will now be a vertical climb of 500+ feet in about a half mile.  The overall elevation is rather flat after the initial descent and ending ascent.




Required Items to Bring:

Bring plenty of fluids, snack lunch and appropriate clothes, & sturdy hiking boots/shoes

Don't forget dry socks as we will be around water.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Trekking poles if you use them.


First Aid

*Snickers Bar for the trip leader

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Carpool: 6:45 am at Indian Trail Park & Ride off I-85

Driving time approx 2.5 hrs each way.

Directions to the Trail Head From Atlanta: I-85 North to SC 11 North. After about 13 miles turn left onto SC 130. Drive 10.5 and enter North Carolina. Watch for a sign directing you to Whitewater Falls and turn right to the parking area.

Fees: There is a $2 per-car fee at the Upper Falls parking lot. Please remember to split gas costs with your driver.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $96.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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