The Narrows of Eastatoe Creek

The Narrows of Eastatoe Creek is one of the waterfalls on the Carolina Mountain Club’s Waterfall Challenge 100 that I have been working, off and on to achieve the last several years.  This particular hike was a longer one at 5 miles round trip.  The majority of the hike is on a relatively (a few ups and downs)  flat forest road with just the  last section descending into the gorge and creek way, way below.  It cuts down the very steep mountainside through a series of switchbacks and well placed stairs.  It was nowhere close to being as strenuous as I had imagined it being.  At the end is a beautiful, elevated viewing deck with an unobstructed, although distant view of the very unique waterfall formation known as “The Narrows”.   Continue reading “The Narrows of Eastatoe Creek”

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Sweet Thing and Last Falls on Slickum Creek

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As I planned my last waterfall hike of 2016, I first chose the big one.  It came down between Pinnacle Falls and The Narrows on Eastatoe Creek, both in upstate SC along US 178.  I usually like to make a  full day so picked a few smaller, easy ones as well.  I planned to find and visit a small, delicate beauty known as Sweet Thing.  This one is a small 20 footer on Slickum Creek located just upstream from its crossing of  SC Highway 11.  Anyone that has visited the very popular Wildcat Wayside waterfall that is right along side the highway should also visit Sweet Thing.  I was quite surprised at how close the two were. Continue reading “Sweet Thing and Last Falls on Slickum Creek”