Riley Moore Falls – Westminster, South Carolina


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Though Riley Moore Falls reaches only between ten and fifteen feet tall, the fall is nonetheless magnificent. It spans the entire width of the Chauga River – a full 100 feet! At its base is a large plunge pool, complete with a sandy beach much beloved by local otters, who find it a perfect place to play.

Carolyn Smith of Westminster, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

To visit the falls, just follow the moderate one-mile hiking trail through Sumter National Forest. The falls were once the home of an old SC grist mill operated by the waterfall’s namesake, Riley Moore, but the only remnants are anchor bolts at the top. Be careful if you decide to take a closer look at the bolts – the falls are classified as a Class VI rapid! When the water is high, some kayakers will actually paddle over the falls.

There are primitive camping sites along the hiking trail if you are interested in an overnight stay. If camping isn’t your cup of tea, the town of Westminister in Oconee County is situated nearby and offers several accommodations.

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One Comment about Riley Moore Falls

Cindy SheriffNo Gravatar says:
August 1st, 2014 at 12:27 pm

The falls were named for Riley Moore (c.1861-1925), who used the waterfall to operate a grist mill.





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