Sunday, April 15, 2012

"Skout"ing Falls Creek Waterfall

I hit a new trail located close to Jones Gap State Park in South Carolina.  I had read about an awesome waterfall at Falls Creek, however the pictures didn't show much.  I needed to get out though for a good stress reliever, hit the trails, burn some calories and break a sweat.  So I packed up my gear and headed out, albeit, without The Misplaced Alaskan's dog Juneau.  Juneau was diagnosed with an ACL pull/tear months ago and was ordered to have pretty strict rest to allow his knee to heal.  He has improved greatly, but I don't want his first hike back on the trails to have a lot of incline, so I went solo.

The entire hike is 1.7 miles round trip, which isn't that long of a hike, but it does start off uphill right away.  It is listed as strenuous and I thought it only got challenging just at the last 10 or 15 minutes towards the falls.  The elevation gain is 1063 feet, and the trail was in really good condition.  I would avoid this trail if I was going to hike it shortly after rainfall.  You can tell the trail gets pretty washed out during a hard rain.

It was a perfect day for a hike.  The morning started off about 55 degrees when I left the truck and I couldn't have asked for better.  I brought my Camelbak for hydration, my hiking stick, misc. gear and snacks provided by Skout.

The waterfall was awesome.  The pictures I had seen did not do it justice.  When I hiked Pinnacle Mountain last year, I took a side trail to see a waterfall.  It was nothing in comparison to this waterfall.  In Alaska, there are some spectacular waterfalls.  In fact, I proposed to my wife in Alaska with a waterfall in the distance behind us in the summer Alaskan night.  The only thing I regretted was not packing a lunch and planning to stay longer.  There was no one else on the trail.  No one at the falls.  Just me and God.  It was so peaceful!
A representative for Skout contacted me a few months ago asking if I'd be willing to review their trailbar.  I agreed to review them during a hiking trek, and they sent me two sample packs!  One was for review, and the other will be part of a giveaway I will announce this week.
I ate the Skout Blueberry Almond Trailbar first, and it was great!  What's awesome about the Skout Trailbar is it is made out of all natural and organic ingredients.  Each bar contains a full serving of fruit!  The bars are dairy and soy free with no added sugar or fillers and they are also Kosher and Vegan!  I ate my second Skout bar while at the waterfall, and enjoyed it completely.  When opened my first Skout bar, I was surprised.  I had imagined it to be granola like, and dry.  The Skout bar was moist and delicious! The second I ate was the Skout Apple Cinnamon Trailbar and it was just as good as the first.  You can check out Skout's website and order here! You can also search for distributors in your area.  For your outdoor adventures, Skout provides the perfect snack to keep you going! 
I spent about an hour at the falls, taking pictures and video, sitting and listening to the sounds of the falls.  I can't get over how awesome it was.  If you are looking for a short day hike that has an amazing destination, this trail is perfect for you.


  1. Glad you got a chance between your busy school and work schedule to take a hike. The waterfall is beautiful! One thing you forgot to mention is where the Skout trailbars can be purchased. ;) I know we didn't see them at REI.

  2. Thanks for pointing that out! I put a link to their website in the post so people can order directly from them. Their website also has a search function so people can look up where they can buy in their area! I was bummed that they weren't being sold at our local REI, but I have seen online that they are available at some REI outlets around the country.