South Carolina Picture Project

Riley Moore Falls – Westminster, South Carolina

South Carolina  |  SC Picture Project  |  Oconee County Photos  |  Riley Moore Falls

Edit This Page  |  Leave A Comment

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.

Riley Moore Falls

C. Todd Hughey of West Columbia, 2017 © 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.

Reflections on Riley Moore Falls

Photographer C. Todd Hughey, who contributed the photo above said: “Both my kids visited the falls while attending college in the Upstate and had informed me that I needed to make the trek.  My daughter Marissa was kind enough to serve as my tour guide.  The falls were flowing fast and very peaceful on this particular morning.  I will certainly be back. The image of Riley Moore Falls located in Westminster, SC was captured at sunrise on November 4, 2017.  I used a neutral density filter to allow for a longer shutter time to blur the water and a polarizer to reduce the reflections of the background leaves.“

Riley Moore Falls Info

Address: Riley Moore Falls Trail, Westminster, SC 29693
GPS Coordinates: 34.741346,-83.179485

Riley Moore Falls Map

Riley Moore Falls – Add Info and More Photos

The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Riley Moore Falls, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!

Please Share Your Thoughts!

The South Carolina Picture Project is a volunteer project which earns no profit. We work hard to ensure its accuracy, but if you see a mistake, please know that it is not intentional and that we are more than happy to update our information if it is incorrect. That said, our goal is to create something positive for our state, so please make your comments constructive if you would like them to be published. Thank you!

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.

Riley Moore Falls - Related Entries

Sid’s Falls
Sid’s Falls
Long Creek

Cedar Falls Park Greenvile
Cedar Falls Park
Fountain Inn

Falls Park
Falls Park

Chauga River
Chauga River
Mountain Rest

Station Cove Falls
Station Cove Falls
Mountain Rest

Wildcat Falls Waterfall
Wildcat Falls

Carrick Creek Falls Table Rock
Carrick Creek Falls
Pickens County

Musgrove Mill Horseshoe Falls Clinton

Pleasant Ridge Falls


Join Us on Facebook
Our 5 Goals
Our Contributors
Add Info
Add Pictures
Search for Pictures
Missing Landmarks


Abbeville ACE Basin Aiken Allendale Anderson Awendaw Bamberg Banks Barns & Farms Barnwell Batesburg-Leesville Beaches Beaufort Beech Island Belton Bennettsville Bishopville Blackville Bluffton Bridges Bygone Landmarks Camden Carnegie Libraries Cemeteries Charleston Charleston Navy Base Cheraw Chester Churches Clemson Clinton Clio Colleges Columbia Conway Cordesville Courthouses Darlington Denmark Dillon Donalds Easley Edgefield Edisto Elloree Fairfax Florence Folly Beach Forests and Nature Preserves Gaffney Garden City Beach Georgetown Glenn Springs Graniteville Greeleyville Greenville Greenwood Greer Hamburg Hampton Hartsville Hemingway Hilton Head Historical Photos Historic Houses Honea Path Hopkins Hunting Island Isle of Palms Jails James Island Johns Island Johnsonville Johnston Kiawah Island Kingstree Lake City Lake Marion Lakes Lancaster Landrum Latta Laurens Lexington Libraries Lighthouses Little River Manning Marion McClellanville McCormick Military Mills Moncks Corner Mountains Mount Carmel Mount Pleasant Mullins Murrells Inlet Myrtle Beach National Register Newberry Ninety Six North Augusta North Charleston North Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Pacolet Parks Pawleys Island Pendleton Pickens Piers Pinopolis Plantations Port Royal Post Offices Ravenel Restaurants Ridge Spring Ridgeway Rivers Roadside Oddities Robert Mills Rock Hill Rockville Rosenwald Schools Salters Saluda Savannah River Site SC Artists SC Heroes of the Alamo Schools Seneca Shrimp Boats Society Hill Spartanburg Sports Springs St. George St. Helena Island St. Matthews Stores Sullivan's Island Summerton Summerville Sumter Sunset Synagogues Town Clocks Trains & Depots Trees Trenton Turbeville Ulmer Union Wadmalaw Island Walhalla Walterboro Waterfalls Water Towers West Columbia Westminster Winnsboro Yemassee York

© 2017, LLC All rights reserved.