Raven Cliff Falls Caesars Head State Park, SC
miles
LENGTH 3.8 MILES
DIFFICULTY 4.3 Easy
DURATION 2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
700
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Raven Cliff Falls

Hike to a long distance view of Raven Cliff Falls on this popular trail in Caesars Head State Park in South Carolina. One of the easiest trails in the park, this is a great option for kids and dogs.

The trail begins on the other side of the highway from the parking lot. This hike follows the red-blazed #11 Raven Cliff Falls Trail. Head downhill along a wide gravel path that turns into a more traditional trail after passing a park building.

The trail is well blazed and easy to follow. Along the way you'll pass two trail intersections that have posted maps and blazes. Just keep following the red blazes.

At just over two miles the trail ends at a pavilion and observation platform. From here you'll be able to see Raven Cliff Falls dropping 420 feet down the other side of the gorge. The waterfall is best viewed in late fall, winter or early spring when there's less leaves on the trees, but it's still a worthy hike in summer.

If you want more, you can take one of the connecting trails to hike the difficult Raven Cliff Falls Loop or less difficult Raven Cliff Falls Suspension Bridge routes.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.7 mi
74 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.7 mi
272 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.4 mi
245 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0.1 mi
96 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
109 ft
27 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
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Navigation
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Trailhead The trail begins on the opposite side of the highway between the entrance and exit of the parking lot.
1.4 mi
1.4 mi - Turn Left Turn left to continue following the red-blazed Raven Cliff Falls Trail. Right will take you along the blue-blazed Gum Gap Trail.
1.8 mi
1.8 mi - Turn Right Stay right to continue following the red-blazed Raven Cliff Falls Trail. Left will take you down the steep purple-blazed Dismal Trail.
1.9 mi
1.9 mi - Raven Cliff Falls View Observation platform and pavilion.
Details
length3.8 miles
difficulty4.3 Easy
duration2 hours
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeRed
elevation gain700 ft.
park/forestCaesars Head State Park
visitor infoVisitor Center
8155 Geer Hwy
Cleveland, SC 29635
864-836-6115
hours9am - 9pm (daylight savings time), 9am - 6pm (rest of year)
Trails close 1hr before dark
parking fee$2/adult, $1.25/SC senior, kids 15 and below free
trailhead coordinates 35.11559, -82.638329 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°6.94, W 82°38.3 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°6'56'', N 35°6'56'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
35.11559, -82.638329 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°6.94, W 82°38.3 most GPS units use this one
N 35°6'56'', N 35°6'56'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
The trail begins on the opposite side of the highway between the entrance and exit of the parking lot. When crossing, listen for cars as they can come around the corners fast.
Parking Capacity
18 parking spots with overflow along the highway.
Notes
Better views in late fall/winter/early spring.
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Average Review Rating
4 (1)
hikethesouth-2 weeks ago
Nice Simple Hike
While I didn't feel this hike really wowed me, it's still a nice easy hike for those that don't want to take on the more challenging trails in the area. When there's less leaves on the trees you'll have a better view of the falls.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2019
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