Today we went hiking with Kendra’s parents. Boris drove us all to Sumter National Forest in Walhalla, South Carolina to hike the Yellow Branch Falls Trail. One of two National Forests in the state, Sumter National Forest has over 370,000 acres of land. Though the headquarters are in Columbia, S.C., the forest itself is spread throughout 11 counties.
The Yellow Branch Falls Trail was a fairly easy hike through beautiful oak trees, rhododendrons, and mountain laurel. For the first half-mile or so, we walked alongside a stream, crossing over it several times. Though there were some wooden bridges over the deeper sections, we mostly had to hop along rocks across the rushing water.
As we ascended higher, the trail narrowed just wide enough to travel single file. After 1.5 miles, we arrived at our destination – the 50-foot high Yellow Branch Falls. They were quite beautiful, and we hiked right to the base of the falls to eat our lunch.
While the sun warmed us as we sat on the rocks, we enjoyed turkey and cheese sandwiches, apples, and crackers.
I took some time to cross the rocks to get photographs of the falls while Addie stretched her legs. She still loves riding in her backpack carrier, but today she was eager to get out and try hiking! We let her walk some of the way back, and she chased after Jane who hid behind the trees as a way to entice Addison to keep moving forward along the path. She eventually tired out, and we put her back in her pack for the rest of the hike.