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Pearson's Falls
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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When visiting Pearson's Falls Glen, nature lovers and hikers are attracted to the scenic waterfall that plunges 90 feet and the many scenic trails bordered by native plants.
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LindaA
south carolina60 contributions
Friends
The whole area is beautiful, and very well maintained. However, after having their restrooms closed during the entire pandemic, they still have a sign at the entrance saying “no restrooms “. This place is really off the beaten trail and people drive long distances to come here and maybe even picnic. There is no excuse for not having them open. I must say however, that when I asked about it at the gate the man was nice enough to tell me that I could use the one near the gate that is in a building and that was nice because I had a long drive back to Spartanburg.
Written April 25, 2022
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mariahbay
Heath, TX232 contributions
Serene trail with lots of spots to stop and enjoy the views. Fun to sit at the base of the falls and if lucky, get to watch a Little Blue Heron work the pond and rocks. On the trail, it can get tricky in spots with slippery and not-exactly level rocks to ruin your day. Know also that late in the day some areas are deeply shaded and visibility is thereby diminished. There are no toilet facilities at the head of the trail so plan ahead.
Written September 29, 2021
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12DrKB21
Dunedin, FL100 contributions
It was a bit off the main highway, but worth the drive and the $5 per person fee. We arrived soon after it opened and that turned out to be a wise decision. It was filling up shortly after and the hiking trail had a lot of folks going up as we went down. My hubs and I are in our 70s and not really hikers so we were a bit apprehensive about the trail. But the park proprietor reminded us that kindergarteners can manage it! LOL!! We accepted the challenge! It's a well maintained trail of flat rock and mulch that worked perfectly for us. Lots of places to stop along the way (and it's only about a quarter mile hike to the falls!). It's a peaceful and enjoyable experience. Before we left we enjoyed a picnic at one of the brand new tables near the parking lot. A very very nice side trip.
Written July 3, 2021
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turninghawk1
Saint Augustine Beach, FL103 contributions
Although the 'trail' is only 1/4 mile long, it is a bit strenuous in that very little of it is flat. Definitely not stroller-friendly! It is well-maintained, but involves a lot of rock-stepping and stair climbing (stairs made of rocks, not typical stairs), however WOW, the falls are magnificent, and the hike itself while a bit taxing, is lined with a beautiful flowing stream for most of its length. They don't open the gates until 10 am, and there is no website to let you know this. Fortunately we arrived about 9:45 am so the wait was relatively brief. Admission is $5 per person, but well worth it. Highly recommended (although if there was a website it would have helped).
Written July 13, 2020
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Stacy F
Eatonton, GA101 contributions
We stumbled across this place while Jeep riding. At first we were skeptical to pay the $10 to go in, but were glad we did. My husband is coming off knee surgery so we weren't sure about the 1/4 mile walk to the falls..but he did fine. It is an easy walk. The scenery is beyond beautiful. Trust me, pictures do not do it justice so I'm not even gonna try posting any. There are many places to stop and sit/rest on the way up. Go all the way up...there is NO way you will be disappointed! We plan to go back in the spring when everything is in bloom.
Written February 22, 2021
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Mark L
Wellington, FL20 contributions
Couples
We had a few hours to spare, so we took a trip to the falls.
It’s a small park but plenty of parking and
Lots of picnic tables if you want to take food or to rest.
They have also made room so you can keep your distance from other people due to Covid.
It’s around a 1/4 mile walk with built in walk ways to make it very easy.
Great views of the falls from different vantage points.
Really worth the time and effort.
Written September 9, 2020
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Carrieh82
Brunswick, GA116 contributions
Family
This was our 2nd or 3rd trip to Pearson's Falls and our first with small children. It's an easy hike. Our 4 year old did it while holding my hand. My husband carried our smaller child. We had a great time. I'd like to take a picnic next time when it is allowed. Currently, the bathrooms are closed and there is no picnic allowed due to Covid. You also have to be careful to social distance on the trails. Pearson's Falls is worth the visit anyway!
Written October 12, 2020
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Gloria L
Austin, TX2,310 contributions
Couples
This was a beautiful place to see a very attractive area. The trail is good. I am glad I had good walking shoes to go up to the falls on a rock and tree roots trail. Going on a hot day was good since it was cooler where the falls were.

The wooden fence helped people (older like me and my husband) use it to make it up and down the trail. I appreciate the beautiful state on North Carolina and these falls are a part of the great beauty.
Written July 9, 2019
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2Alaska09
United States155 contributions
Family
This hidden gem is well worth the $5/person entry fee. It is a bit off the beaten path, but it is a beautiful drive from Saluda to the park entrance. We were fortunate to visit on a lovely August morning after there had been two inches of rain the night before – as a result, the falls were spectacular. The shaded path from the parking lot to the falls is part of the attraction – beautiful views of the forest and stream. The picnic tables along the path offer a picture perfect place for lunch.

The waterfalls at Chimney Rock state park and DuPont Forest are better known, but Pearson’s Falls was much less crowded and was much more scenic.
Written September 1, 2012
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we4steeds
Spartanburg, SC94 contributions
Family
We were looking for a quick day trip to occupy the kids time. Landrum/Tryon/Saluda was just what the Dr. ordered...and this visit to Pearson's Falls was the highlight of the trip. Admission was $5 per adult; $1 for kids up to 13; kids 6 and under get in for free. So our carload was only $11...a steal for the fun we had. A very nice hike...paved much of way with smooth stones. All along the creek. The unique 'architecture' of the bridges and pathways was almost as interesting as the water fall itself. Our family of 4 highly recommends...
Written July 3, 2014
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