SOUTH CAROLINA – SUMTER NATIONAL FOREST – Station Cove Falls
Photo Experience: This is a pleasant waterfall to photograph. The base of the falls is easily accessible, providing several alternatives for images. In addition, a zoom lens will allow sectional views of different parts of the falls. I was there on a sunny day, which allowed me to include blue sky, but overcast light would be better overall. Green leaves on the surrounding trees would also help the composition. (I was there just a little early for this.) Several species of blooming wildflowers along the trail (such as Little Sweet Betsy, below right; Hepatica; and Jack-in-the-pulpit) were a bonus.
Other Info: To get there: From the intersection of SC 28 and SC 11 in Walhalla, South Carolina, drive north on SC 11 for 6.3 miles. Turn left (northwest) onto Oconee Station Road. Drive 2.3-2.4 miles to the trailhead on the left. It is an easy half-mile trail to the 60-ft falls. There are restrooms and a nice picnic area at Oconee Station State Historic Site, about ¼-mile before the trailhead on the right side of the road. You can also park here.