Homer’s Falls

GPS for waterfall:  34.77947, -83.32080

Water source:  Pinckney Branch

Height:  Approximately 20-30 feet in total

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This waterfall on Pinckney Branch was given the name Homer’s Falls in Maxie Duke, Sid Ballenger, and John Danner’s book, Some Waterfalls, Shoals, and Cascades in Oconee County, South Carolina. To date, I’ve not been able to learn if there is a story behind the name.

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Park:  Going west on Highway 76, turn left onto Damascus Church Road.  Continue on Damascus Church Road (keeping right at Chattooga Belle Farms) for approximately 1.8 miles to Turkey Ridge Road on the right.  Drive down Turkey Ridge Road for approximately 2.9 miles.  Park in the semi-circle at the end of the road, GPS 34.77755, -83.31220.  This is also the parking area and trailhead for Long Creek Falls.

Hike:  The hike is approximately 2.4 miles round trip.  Follow the Long Creek trail for approximately 1 mile, where there is a split in the trail.  As of June, 2017, there was an arrow made of rocks on the trail pointing you to the right towards Long Creek Falls:

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Beyond this split the very infrequently traveled trail descends steeply for a tenth of a mile to the falls.  Please be mindful that this trail does leave you exposed to some steep drops in a few places, and there is a rock outcropping that you will need to maneuver down to get to the waterfall.  It would be very easy to fall at any point in the descent down, so please use extreme caution.