Todd Creek Falls is unusual in that it lies inside a Duke Energy right-of-way. This means there are no trees to contend with and the area is kept reasonably clean of brush. It also means the waterfall is exposed, out in the open, giving the cascade a whole different feel than if it were in the woods. Being in the open like this gives you a clear view from space of the entire trail and the waterfall.
In the accompanying slide show, there are 2 satellite shots from Google Earth. One zooms in close enough actually see the whitewater as Todd Creek tumbles into its base pool. The other is a wide shot showing the entire trail from parking to the waterfall. Even the trail itself is clearly visible.
To get there take SC 133 from the intersection of US 123 and SC 133 in Clemson (there’s a Sonic drive-in on the corner). Take SC 133 under the railroad trestle and proceed 3.3 miles to a red light. Turn left and continue on SC 133 for 5.2 miles to Brookbend Road coming in on your right. On your left will be Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. After turning right onto Brookbend, just follow the road 1.2 miles to the bridge over Todd Creek. You’ll be in the middle of a large power right of way carrying lines from the Oconee Nuclear Plant.
There is a small parking area across the bridge on the left side of the road. The trail is on the other side of the road from the parking area. While the trees have been cleared from the right of way, there can be a goodly amount of brush and briars along the trail. Follow the trail downstream for about 100 yards when it will turn sharply to the right with the creek. You’ll have to traverse about 50 feet of rock outcrop which can be slippery if wet. As soon as you come off the outcrop, the trail and creek turn back to the left and you’ll hear the waterfall and will soon begin to see the upper reaches.
A short spur trail will take you down to the base of the top section where you can get a nice view of both the upper section and the edge of the main drop. Back on the trail, you’ll have excellent views from above the entire waterfall but this also means you need to drop down another spur trail about 30 feet to get to the base pool.
This is a very pretty waterfall from the upper section which is more of a waterslide to the final tiers as it plunges into one of the prettiest base pools you’ll see. It takes more than 200 feet to drop its 30 vertical feet into a 50 foot wide base pool.
If the right of way puts it in your mind that maybe you ought to just skip this one. Don’t. It is rated excellent and may be underrated.