A couple of miles downstream from Table Rock State Park’s Pinnacle Lake, Carrick Creek flows over a nice waterfall alongside the aptly named Carrick Creek Road. Leaving Table Rock State Park, you’ll turn left on SC 11 and go about a mile, Carrick Creek Road will be on your right. After about 1.8 miles down Carrick Creek Road, a concrete bridge will take you over the creek. Another 100 yards further along, you’ll see where traffic has pulled off to the left side of the road. Careful doing this, it is a steep drop off. Should you get too close, you’re going to need a tow truck to get you out.
The falls will be well below you at this point. Views of the 15-foot falls are dependent upon the time of the year and the foliage. You’ll notice what appears to be a park in the bottom after the creek comes over the falls. This is private property.
Carrick Creek Road Falls is a tiered cascade that flows down the rock face in two stages. The first drop is the largest and stretches across the entire stream. Almost immediately, there is a second, much smaller stage the dumps the creek into a tranquil setting as it flows past the little private “park.”
While you could scramble down the steep hill side, there is a locked gate 200 yards down the road. You can walk back to the falls using this road, but as noted, this is private property and posted. Unless you have permission from the property owners, view this waterfall from the roadside.
Because of the terraine, lighting, foilage and distance, it is almost impossible to get a reasonable photo of the falls from the roadway. Allan Easler has several good shots of this waterfall on his website.