Wildcat Falls – Cleveland, South Carolina


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Wildcat Falls, also called Wildcat Wayside Falls and Wildcat Branch Falls, can be seen right off of the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway in Greenville County. There is no hiking required to enjoy this waterfall, which means anyone can go and visit!

Upper Wildcat Falls

Upper Wildcat Falls by Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The falls are fed by Wildcat Branch Creek, one of the tributaries of the South Saluda River. The upper section provides a beautiful 10-foot free fall, while the lower section cascades 20 feet down an exposed slab of granite into a shallow pool. Wildcat Falls is located between two extremely popular state parks, Caesar’s Head and Jones Gap, which have many waterfalls and cascades within their boundaries as well.

Wildcat Falls

Lower Wildcat Falls by Esther Fogle of Easley, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Another site not to be missed when visiting Wildcat Falls is the unmarked scenic overlook, known as the Bald Rock Heritage Preserve and sometimes Shining Rock, pictured below.

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve by Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

SCIWAY contributor Barry Gooch says that the easiest way to find the Bald Rock Heritage Preserve is to “head south from Caesar’s Head on US 276 (Geer Highway). Drive about four miles and you will pass a road to the left called Persimmon Ridge Road. Drive another 0.5 miles, and Club Terrace Drive will be on the right. I don’t know if either of these roads are marked. The overlook will be another 0.1 miles on the left. It isn’t marked and the bald is obscured by trees. There is no parking lot, though enough people stop at the overlook that a makeshift parking area exists on the left side of the highway near the path to the bald. It’s an easy 50 yard walk from the highway and is well worth the time and effort. Be careful though, the rocks can be slippery!” (Please be aware that the slippery rocks can be dangerous and even fatal.)

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Address: Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC 29635

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4 Comments about Wildcat Falls

Brad SimsNo Gravatar says:
May 28th, 2014 at 2:12 pm

We happened upon this spot to take a couple of pics of the falls and wound up making the easy hike through the forest. It was a nice trek enjoyed even by our 7 year old. I would recommend this trail to anyone just starting out or wanting to take your kids somewhere. It’s shaded and the trail is wide, making it easy to follow.

Catherine SepkoNo Gravatar says:
October 11th, 2013 at 7:37 am

Wildcat Falls, where on another beautiful autumn afternoon another hiker spent his last moments. Brent Elrod, a student at NGU, avid hiker, and wonderful faithful and caring young man died on October 10-10-2013. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Mary ManchesterNo Gravatar says:
October 6th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

My husband, Billy Joe Gorham, Sr., is the man who fell 100 feet from Wildcat Branch Falls last September 2, 2012. His fall caused his heart to go into cardiac arrest, but the blunt force trauma is what took his life. We were common-law married but intended to get remarried at the end of 2012. He really loved these falls and wanted to preserve them and also educate the public on the beauty and danger of nature. I hope and pray that everyone cherishes every moment they have with their loved ones, for you never know when that moment may be your last with that person. He was 59 years old, military trained, and he still slipped, fell, and died. Please help me preserve and take care of this wonderful place he loved so much. You can send a donation to the Jones Gap State Park c/o Rob Achenberg, Mountain Regional Chief, rachenberg@scprt.com, 158 East Ellison Lane, Pickens, South Carolina, 29671. Please help me make Bill’s wish come true and also to make it safe for everyone. I would not want to have anyone to go through what I or the family who by God’s hand was there that day had to go through. Help me put a permanent memorial marker at the falls for Billy Joe Gorham, Sr. and the other gentleman, Mr. Mark N. Jones.

John PetersNo Gravatar says:
June 8th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I have been going to these falls since I was a kid. Never knew the name. Glad to see a sign put up. Awesome place. I now take my kids there. Good hiking too. Easy.






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