For our anniversary this year we wanted to visit Greenville, SC (more to come on Greenville in a future post) on our quest for more waterfall hikes. On this particular day we decided on Bees Cove Falls as our waterfall destination. Bees Cove is off a forest service road, which we have found are often challenging to find. It took us quite a few times of turning around to find this particular hike entrance but it was worth it.
The majority of the hike is on the forest service road which is a dirt road that slowly declines until you get to a point where you turn off onto a “trail”. This “trail” isn’t marked like actual trails in national and state parks. Keep in mind that at one point in the directions to the falls it says “the trail will end and you have to listen for the falls, walk in the direction of the sound”. There were a few plastic colored ribbons attempting to lead you down the steep forest wall, however for the most part we were “listening” for the falls. In true South Carolina fashion there was an afternoon thunder storm complete with torrential down pours. At the time all we had with us for rain gear was Todd’s old “faithful” surplus rain poncho and a large garbage bag. But it worked!
Check out our cool “rain gear”!
The trail down was so steep and with the rain it was incredibly slippery, to add to it our “rain gear” kept tripping us up. It made for quite the adventure. We were almost to the bottom of the falls when I felt like I was shot in the back of my thigh. I don’t actually know what it feels like to be shot (thankfully), but I would imagine that that was what it feels like. I instantly screamed that something got me and yanked my pants down for Todd to check it out. Turns out it was most likely just a hornet sting (we are guessing since there was no evidence of any critter) which i still carry the scar from. Now we know why its called “Bee’s Cove Falls”. Thankfully the pain subsided after a few minutes of not being able to breathe it hurt so bad and we carried on.
Once we saw the falls we knew it was all worth the effort. Bees Cove is beautiful, very mossy and gorgeously green. The nice thing about it’s crazy location is that it doesn’t see a lot of traffic leaving it undisturbed and very natural. I’ll let the pictures and video do the rest of the talking. Enjoy!
Bees Cove Falls was gorgeous and definitely worth the extra effort to get there.We look forward to many more waterfall adventures but are excited to check one more off our list. And now we know to watch out for bees there. The sting was worse than any I remember as a child!
Do you prefer “off the beaten trail” locations or clear cut trails? Anyone know any good bee sting remedies?