Sometimes it’s not where you find waterfalls, it’s where you don’t expect to find them. Adams Creek Falls is one of these. This 50-foot waterfall appears right alongside SC 8 outside of Pickens. Hundreds of cars pass it every day without knowing it is there.
From Easley, take SC 8 to Pickens where, at the McDonalds, SC 8, turns right. From this point, this is Pumpkintown Road. Follow the road for about 7 miles to Corn Mill Road on your left. Just past Corn Mill Road, you’ll see an old store building on your right. There are also some utility boxes there. Park next to the utility boxes and you can see the falls immediately below you.
Adams Creek Falls is in two major sections, both of about equal size. The upper section tiers down to a level transition that brings the water flow down to the second tiered section. It actually is so long, it is difficult to photograph in one shot.
At the base of the second section, you’ll see what appears to be concrete bridge supports making you think an old bridge once crossed here. But there are no matching supports on the other bank. Up the road level, a small stream comes under the road and drops down to meet Adams Creek at the base of the waterfall. At the road level, you’ll notice another concrete feature with a notch in it. This notch is at the same level as the creek coming under the road. That would then mean this was the water takeoff for a sluice box that would take the water from the road level down to a waterwheel held by the concrete supports down below. This must have been an old grist mill.
Pretty waterfall, easy access, interesting artifacts. Good reasons to go see Adams Creek Falls.