From Charleston to Beaufort, South Carolina is known for its Southern hospitality, signature cuisine. But for the outdoorsman, the Palmetto State is home to rolling hills of the Piedmont and the impressive features of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. South Carolina is a great place to get outdoors and explore!
Fall Creek Falls – Jones Gap State Park & Mountain Bridge Wilderness Preserve
Standing at over 100 feet, the Fall Creek Falls is deep in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Preserve heart. With a 1.5 mile uphill hike, the elevation is challenging but rewarding. At the top, hikers are rewarded with an up-close encounter of the enormous waterfall. Hikers who reach the top are also treated to sweeping views of Greenville of Paris Mountain and surrounding Piedmont.
Big Rock Mountain – Nine Times Forest
With no established trails that require hikers to climb over boulders, a little route finding, and some brush clearing, the top of Big Rock Mountain give hikers a unique look at the South Carolina mountains. As a relatively new protected area, the trail system is mainly unestablished and can be dangerous if not traversed safely.
Pinnacle Mountain – Table Rock State Park
Pinnacle Mountain is the tallest mountain within South Carolina, standing at an elevation of 3,415 feet above sea level. The view from the top of the peak makes this hike fairly popular amongst adventurers. The balds at the top of the peak offer fantastic views of Table Rock Mountain. Hikers looking to reach the top must start at the Foothills Trail’s eastern terminus at Table Rock State Park. Once hikers reach the balds, they can soak in the views and continue on the Foothills Trails beyond Table Rock State Park’s boundary.
Jumping Off Rock – Lake Jocassee
Named one of National Geographic Magazine’s ’50 of the World’s Last Great Places,’ Jocassee Gorges, home of Jumping Off Rock, offers panoramic views of Lake Jocassee. The pristine lake is a human-made hydro project formed by the flooding of the Horsepasture, Thompson, Toxaway, and Whitewater Rivers. But the mountains surrounding the lake are mainly untouched and offer one-of-a-kind lookout points!