Whetstone Falls is an interesting place. During good water flow, this waterfall actually thunders even though it is only about 12 feet tall. At the base of the falls is a very good base pool, clear and deep. About 50 feet past the pool the creek joins with the impressive Chattooga River. The river flows wide (100 feet) and deep in a sweeping curve.
To get to the falls, take SC 28 out of Walhalla for 6.1 miles (you’ll pass Stumphouse Mountain about a half mile before). Turn left onto Whetstone Road and go 4.8 miles to a 4-way stop. This will be Chattooga Ridge Road. Cross over and the road changes to Earls Ford Road. In less than 2 miles, the road turns to gravel and about a mile later, you’ll find the Whetstone Horse Camp. 100 yards past there is Fire Service road 721A (it is marked). Turn left and follow 721A 1.6 miles to a large parking lot. The trail head is in the right back corner at the kiosk.
The trail is wide and well-maintained and descends for about a half mile down to the Chattooga River. You’ll find a couple of wooden bridges along the way. Just past the 2nd footbridge, you’ll hear water on your left. If you scramble down, you’ll find a 15 foot waterfall.
Once the trail reaches the river, you’ll be in a very nice camping site. Across the river, on the Georgia side, is a large sand beach. It is obvious that both sides of the river are well used.
A fisherman’s trail leads in both directions from this campsite. Head downstream on this trail. About 100 yards down river, you’ll find another camp site next to the mouth of Whetstone Creek. You’ll hear the falls before you see it. It literally is just around the corner from the camp site.
Whetstone Falls is worth a visit, and just being next to the Chattooga, our largest mountain river really makes this a special hike.