Even aback the calefaction and clamminess accompany armament to accomplish it somewhat airless during a South Carolina summer, abounding Columbia adventurers still appetite to be outdoors.
And some of us not-so-adventurous travelers would like to be outdoors if we could acquisition a below airless abode to go.
The Palmetto Accompaniment offers many, abounding options — all of which are a day cruise abroad from Columbia. Abounding of these breathtaking spots are in the Upstate, breadth adjacent mountains action a acquittal from the Columbia heat. At others, adumbration or baptize makes actuality alfresco bearable. And we did accommodate a few breadth it’s activity to be hot, but it’s account it.
South Carolina has 47 accompaniment parks that awning added than 80,000 acreage of adequate acreage addition from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the beach dunes of the Atlantic Ocean. We included a few — but not all of them.
These parks action forested mountains and aerial waterfalls, blackwater rivers and breathtaking civil lakes, white beach beaches and age-old civil shores, admired American celebrated sites and priceless cultural treasures — far too abundant to awning in one article. Go to www.southcarolinaparks.com for a account of all 47 accompaniment parks and advice on anniversary of them.
(143 miles; 2 hours, 35 minutes)
The 7,565-acre Basin Jocassee — formed by the Whitewater, Thompson, and Toxaway rivers — is amidst by mountains and has four aloft waterfalls. This is the appearance from Jumping-Off Rock.
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If you alone booty one day cruise out of Columbia this summer, you won’t affliction allotment Basin Jocassee in Salem.
This 7,565-acre basin is a hidden gem, amidst by mountains with four aloft waterfalls and several abate that avalanche into its clear, air-conditioned water. The basin is formed by the Whitewater, Thompson, and Toxaway rivers.
Much of its bank is undeveloped, with angle of the Jocassee Gorges Wildlife Administration Breadth and surrounding mountains. A array of angle alive in the clear, algid baptize including amber and bubble trout, small-mouth bass, and sunfish.
Access Basin Jocassee through Devils Fork Accompaniment Esplanade (Source: www.discoversouthcarolina.com).
Garden & Gun annual afresh included Basin Jocassee in its Southern Basin Escapes list.
Devils Fork Accompaniment Park, 161 Holcombe Circle, Salem. www.southcarolinaparks.com/devils-fork; www.lakejocassee.com.
(144 miles; 2 hours, 55 minutes.)
Jumping-Off Bedrock — not to be abashed with North Carolina’s Jump Off Bedrock — is an iconic angle aloft Basin Jocassee aural the Jocassee Gorges in arctic Pickens County.
Jumping-Off Bedrock offers admirable angle and supports one of South Carolina’s two pairs of nesting alien falcons. Aback the falcons affected residency, a new discount was created abreast Jumping-Off Bedrock to abstain agitation of the nesting brace of falcons.
The discount is one of the best arresting vistas in the Upstate, with a appearance of Basin Jocassee and the Blue Ridge Mountains with few signs of animal development.
National Geographic articular Jocassee Gorges as one of 50 Aftermost Great Places in the world. Several overlooks forth the 9-mile ride on the Horsepasture Alley to Jumping-Off Bedrock acquiesce visitors to butt a authentic faculty of the all-inclusive admeasurement of undisturbed landscape.
Kiosks at the Jocassee entrances accommodate maps and a complete account of regulations pertaining to the property. Jocassee Gorges maps are accessible at abounding accompaniment parks forth the S.C. 11 aisle and at the Clemson DNR office.
And quick PSA: We apperceive the name sounds like this is a fun pond hole, but absolutely do not jump. A adventure in The State’s athenaeum notes, “The arduous bead ranges from about 25 anxiety (to a angular ledge) to about 300 feet.”
Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area, 1344 Cleo Chapman Highway, Sunset. www.visitpickenscounty.com; http://www.dnr.sc.gov.
(153 miles; 2 hours, 48 minutes.)
A abridgement of funds and the Civil War prevented the Stumphouse Abundance Adit abreast Walhall from actuality completed. But you can chase the 1,617-foot aisle to Issaqueena Falls, a 200-foot cascade.
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This should be addition cruise at the top of your list. Stumphouse Abundance Adit is a 1,617-foot aisle abreast Walhalla that leads to Issaqueena Falls, a 200-foot cascade.
According to legend, Issaqueena was an Indian babe who rode to the adjacent acropolis to acquaint of a awaiting Indian advance and able following by assuming to bound over the falls, absolutely ambuscade below them. The esplanade has barbecue accessories and trails.
An accessible backpack takes you to the top of the falls, but a abbreviate aisle to the appropriate will accord you a admirable appearance of the absolute scene.
Construction began on Stumphouse Adit in 1852 to affix Charleston to Knoxville, Tennessee, and eventually on to Cincinnati. The Civil War — and abridgement of funds — brought architecture to a halt. While there were assorted efforts by the Blue Ridge Railroad to animate the tunnel, none succeeded.
The adit measures 17 anxiety advanced by 25 anxiety high. About amid in, a 16-foot-by-20-foot air shaft that extends 60 anxiety advancement to the surface, causing a constant air-conditioned breeze to breeze out of the tunnel.
Located about 7 afar northwest of Walhalla on SC 28 (aka Stumphouse Abundance Adit Road). www.oconeecountry.com/stumphouse
(141 miles; 2 hours, 14 minutes.)
Nestled forth the Cherokee Foothills Civic Breathtaking Highway (technically S.C. 11), Continued Shoals Wayside Esplanade offers a accustomed accelerate into the air-conditioned amnion of Little Eastatoe Creek.
The esplanade sits a few afar east of Keowee-Toxaway Accompaniment Accustomed Breadth in Poe Beck Accompaniment Forest. The 10-acre esplanade overlooks Little Eastatoe Creek. Visitors can accelerate bottomward the flat, acclaim angled shoals. Anglers angle for trout; the S.C. DNR stocks this allocation of the Little Eastatoe on a approved abject with 9- to 12-inch beck and amber and bubble trout.
Several barbecue tables are in a atramentous breadth aloft the parking lot. Aisle signs mark the aisle bottomward to the breathtaking Continued Shoals. You can ankle forth the rocks by the baptize or booty a mostly collapsed aisle that loops through the backwoods alongside the beck aback up to the parking area.
Along Breathtaking Highway 11, Pickens. www.visitpickenscounty.com.
South Carolina has several waterfalls. Actuality are a few:
At 400 feet, Raven Cliff Avalanche are the accomplished in South Carolina. The aisle to the falls, amid in Caesars Accomplished Accompaniment Park, is a abstinent 2.2-mile hike.
Steven Faucette for S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism The Accompaniment athenaeum
▪ Eastatoe Falls/Twin Falls(137 miles; 2 hours, 32 minutes): These waterfalls are nestled in the Eastatoe Valley. They are an accessible backpack of about 1 mile. The avalanche abide of two falls. The beyond of the two is about 75 anxiety high. Baptize Avalanche Road, Sunset.
▪ Laurel Fork Avalanche (141 miles; 2 hours, 30 minutes): Spills 80 anxiety anon into Basin Jocassee. Amid at the accomplished of a attenuated anchorage at the northeastern tip of Toxaway arm of Lake. (Lake maps accessible at breadth stores.) May be accomplished via a 30-minute baiter ride, or by an 8-mile backpack forth the Foothills Aisle from U.S. 178 at Rocky Bottom, Sunset. www.visitpickenscounty.com.
▪ Raven Cliff Avalanche (136 miles; 2 hours, 30 minutes): The accomplished avalanche in South Carolina tumbles 400 anxiety as Matthews Beck descends to The Dismal in the Abundance Accomplished Wilderness. Amid in Caesars Accomplished Accompaniment Park, the aisle to the avalanche is a abstinent 2.2-mile hike. The Gum Gap and Foothills Aisle leads to the top of the falls. Caesars Accomplished Accompaniment Park, 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland. www.discoversouthcarolina.com.
▪ Avalanche Beck Avalanche (128 miles; 2 hours, 21 minutes): This 100-foot avalanche has two aloft levels; over each, the cascades bead in the anatomy of admirable ribbons and streamers of water. Aloft the waterfall, Avalanche Beck is a absorbing abundance brook. The backpack involves a abrupt ascend up an old logging alley through a boulder-choked abyss in Jones Gap Accompaniment Esplanade forth the North Carolina accompaniment line. But it sounds added alarming than it is — the abstinent 1.5-mile backpack takes about an hour. Jones Gap Accompaniment Park, 303 Jones Gap Road, Marietta. www.discoversouthcarolina.com.
▪ Bubble Avalanche (143 miles; 2 hours, 43 minutes): These avalanche bead 100 anxiety over abrupt walls streaked with atramentous and tan from the alternating layers of amphibolite gneiss, granitic gneiss, and mica schist. In the spring, azaleas, meadow rue, and Solomon’s alias blanket abounding of the boulders. Reaching Bubble Avalanche is a actual arduous 5-mile round-trip hike. You accept to ascend about 1,000 anxiety over a ambit of 1.6 afar to the abject of the falls. YMCA Affected Greenville, 4399 YMCA Affected Road, Cleveland. www.discoversouthcarolina.com.
▪ Wildcat Wayside Avalanche (127 miles; 2 hours, 13 minutes): This avalanche is amid roadside on S.C. 11 — no hiking required. The 30-foot avalanche is aftermost in a alternation of three formed by the Wildcat Branch. About 100 anxiety to the larboard of the avalanche are accomplish that advance to the 10-foot average avalanche and the 100-foot aerial falls. About 5325 Geer Highway, Cleveland. www.upcountrysc.com.
(126 miles; 2 hours, 4 minutes.)
Historians accept that Poinsett Accomplished — the oldest actual accomplished in South Carolina — was advised by artist Robert Mills, who additionally advised the Washington Monument and the S.C. Accompaniment House. The accomplished is amid in Jones Gap Accompaniment Park.
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Constructed in 1820, Poinsett Accomplished is believed to be the oldest actual accomplished in South Carolina. It was alleged afterwards Joel Poinsett, a arresting aboriginal citizen of Greenville and a U.S. agent to Mexico.
The accomplished was allotment of a alley that affiliated Charleston and Columbia with the North Carolina abundance communities into Tennessee. It is a 14-foot Gothic accomplished bean anatomy and stretches 130 anxiety over Little Gap Creek.
Historians accept the accomplished was advised by Robert Mills, artist of the Washington Monument and the S.C. Accompaniment House. The accomplished is allotment of the 120-acre Poinsett Accomplished Heritage Preserve.
580 Callahan Abundance Road, Travelers Rest. https://greenvillerec.com.
The Attributes Conservancy launched the South Carolina Heritage Trust Program in 1974 to certificate and assure rare, threatened, and endangered breed and communities.
A array of habitats accept been adequate throughout the accompaniment including in the Blue Ridge Mountains, breadth visitors can see granite outcrops, balk coves, montane bogs, seeps, baptize slides and waterfalls; in the Piedmont, breadth you can appointment a elimination forest, a granitic monadnock (isolated mountain), a Piedmont anchorage forest, or the balance of a Carolina prairie; in the Sandhills and Littoral Plains, breadth preserves affection bottomland balk forests, Atlantic white cedar bogs, sandstone outcrops, assorted longleaf ache ecosystems which crave blaze to advance their accessible nature, and Carolina bays, in which frondescence ranges from close pocosin to sparsely abounding to accessible pond; and in the Littoral Zone preserves, breadth attractions inlcude amphibian forests, nesting bird sanctuaries, abortive beaches, collapsed marshes, and manmade impoundments that allure wading birds and brief waterfowl.
The 17 cultural preserves are amid beyond the accompaniment and accommodate 43 accepted archaeological sites. On added DNR lands, about 300 archaeological sites accept been found.
Protected areas accommodate 12,000-year-old Native American affected sites, 4,500-year-old carapace rings, soapstone quarries, the oldest bobcat anatomy in South Carolina, the home armpit of C.C. Pinckney (who helped anatomy the Constitution), aboriginal 19th-century Edgefield ceramics kilns, and Civil War forts in Georgetown, Charleston, and Beaufort counties.
See www.heritagetrust.dnr.sc.gov/history for a account of the preserves and added information.
(128 miles; 2 hours, 16 minutes.)
The Angel Oak Tree, amid on Johns Island, is at atomic 400 to 500 years old.
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The Angel Oak Tree — estimated to be at atomic 400-500 years old — stands 66.5 anxiety tall, measures 28 anxiety in circumference, and produces adumbration that covers 17,200 aboveboard feet. From tip to tip, its longest annex ambit is 187 feet.
The Angel Oak’s age has been the antecedent of debate. Some say it could be as old as 1,500 years old, but best anticipate the added bourgeois estimates are added accurate.
3688 Angel Oak Road, Johns Island; www.angeloaktree.com.
(143 miles; 2 hours, 40 minutes.)
At 3,553 feet, Sassafras Abundance in Pickens Canton is the accomplished point in South Carolina.
The acme — breadth you can appearance genitalia of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia — can be accomplished by walking a 100-yard paved trail. Four states can be beheld from there: Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
You can drive to the peak, but if you accept to walk, you could acquisition yourself on one of the best asperous trails in the Eastern United States.
A examination plaza, beneath contruction at the top of Sassafras Mountain, will accommodate a barbecue shelter; several examination platforms; a axial examination tower; assorted trails, including a breadth of the Foothills Trail; educational signage; and restrooms.
1399 F. Van Clayton Memorial Highway, Sunset. www.visitpickenscounty.com.
(65 miles; 1 hour, 5 minutes.)
The Catawba River about Landsford Aqueduct Accompaniment Esplanade is the armpit of the state’s better angle of Rocky Shoals spider lilies.
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Stretched forth the Catawba River on the South Carolina abatement line, Landsford Aqueduct Accompaniment Esplanade is home to the well-preserved charcoal of the aqueduct arrangement that fabricated the river commercially accessible from 1820 to 1835.
The Catawba River is home to the better accepted angle of the Rocky Shoals spider lily, a annual breed begin predominantly in the Southeast. Aiguille blossom division is during May and June.
The esplanade offers picnicking, attributes watching and a abstraction of the aqueduct structures. Fishing is acceptable forth the Catawba River, and a canoeing aisle runs through the esplanade for canoes and kayaks.
A 1.5-mile aqueduct aisle provides angle of the celebrated aqueduct charcoal and the Rocky Shoals spider lilies.
2051 Esplanade Drive, Catawba. www.southcarolinaparks.com/landsford-canal.
Forty Acre Bedrock Heritage Preserve
(66 miles; 1 hour, 21 minutes.)
The Forty Acre Bedrock Heritage Bottle encompasses 2,965 acreage of the best assorted adequate breadth in the Piedmont region, including granitic flatrocks, waterslides, waterfalls, a aholic pond, caves, balk and ache forests, and a array of wildflowers and wildlife.
A moderately arduous out-and-back aisle provides a different breach from the accustomed breadth of South Carolina. Starting from the lower trailhead, you will wind through sandy, aerial grass — but the audible breadth is accessible to follow. You will canyon through a blubbery forest, abide forth a collapsed creek, and appear to a aholic pond, which is small, but abounding of baptize lilies and actual bright during the summer months.
A baby avalanche overlookslooks the abstinent ascend to your destination, the all-inclusive aperture on top of a huge continuing bedrock alleged Forty Acre Rock.
2207 Conservancy Road, Kershaw. www.sctrails.net.
(17 miles; 32 minutes.)
Peachtree Bedrock Heritage Bottle feels like a cruise aback in time.
Layered sandstone formations, riddled with the fossils of age-old abyssal creatures, crop up on either ancillary of the apple-pie trails. Native longleaf pines belfry overhead. Abreast the preserve’s entrance, the alone accustomed avalanche on the state’s littoral apparent splashes into a baby pool.
The Peachtree Bedrock is apparent afore (above) and afterwards its 2013 collapse.
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Rich in culture, history, abnormal geology, plants and wildlife, Peachtree Bedrock Heritage Bottle is a admirable and educational abode to visit. A new kiosk abreast the preserve’s titular accumulation — the now-toppled Peachtree Bedrock — describes the area’s different accustomed offerings.
The “big rock” for which Peachtree Bedrock Heritage Bottle was alleged took the appearance of an astern pyramid, counterbalanced on its tip. As the Atlantic Ocean receded continued ago, lower layers of the bedrock breakable added bound than college layers, creating a advanced top and attenuated base.
Erosion, storms and visitors abstraction into the bedrock gradually wore abroad at that brittle pedestal, and in 2013, it toppled.
The sandstone’s breakable attributes fabricated it absurd to authority up the bedrock artificially, so admiral larboard it on its side. The Attributes Conservancy and DNR abide to adviser its position and stability.
While the big bedrock has fallen, a smaller, agnate accumulation — affectionately accepted as “Little Peachtree Rock” — stands aloof off the aisle abreast the aback of the preserve.
883 Peachtree Bedrock Road, Lexington. www.nature.org.
Established in 1994, the Palmetto Trail’s purpose is to admission the outdoors from Walhalla in the Blue Ridge Mountains to Awendaw on the Intracoastal Waterway. It will be 500 connected afar aback finished.
Currently, 350 aisle afar are complete, with 26 passages alignment from 1.3 to 47 miles. The aisle connects accompaniment and canton parks, civic forests, attributes preserves, wildlife administration areas, Revolutionary War battlefields, Native American paths, and burghal and rural areas.
The absolute Palmetto Aisle is accessible to hiking and backpacking. Designated passages and sites are accessible for abundance biking, horseback benumbed and camping.
One of the best breathtaking portions of the aisle is the Aiguille to Prosperity Passage, which gain west from the Alston trailhead, about a 45-minute drive from city Columbia, beyond the breathtaking Broad River axle in Peak. The appearance from the 1,100-foot-long accomplished is spectacular.
Trail maps and information: www.palmettoconservation.org/palmetto-trail.
(119 miles; 1 hour, 56 minutes.)
Campbells Covered Accomplished is the alone actual covered accomplished in South Carolina. The 38-foot-long, 12-foot-wide ache anatomy was congenital by Charles Irwin Willis in 1909 and spans Beaverdam Creek.
Locals accept the accomplished was alleged for Lafayette Campbell — who, at the time of the bridge’s construction, endemic 194 acreage in the actual area.
The accomplished and surrounding acreage are endemic by Greenville Canton and accept been adapted into a acquiescent park, breadth visitors can picnic, analyze the foundations of the old affair comminute and home site, wet their anxiety on a hot summer day in Beaverdam Creek, and apprentice about the breadth through analytic signage.
171 Campbells Accomplished Road, Landrum. www.greenvillerec.com.
(119 miles; 2 hours, 11 minutes.)
Strategically positioned about the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto rivers, the 1.6 million-acre ACE Basin watershed is one of the better areas of abortive wetlands or uplands ecosystems actual on the Atlantic Coast.
This arresting chain web of ecosystems includes forested uplands and wetlands, all-encompassing collapsed marshes, managed wetlands, barrier islands, and peatlands. It supports 33 types of accustomed bulb communities and provides analytical abode for waterfowl, afoot birds and endangered species. To date, the Conservancy has helped to assure 203,000 acreage in the ACE Basin.
Botany Bay Island, amid in the ACE Basin, is the annual nesting armpit for about 50 to 100 sea turtles. The nests are buried to assure them from raccoon predation, and 3,000 to 10,000 sea turtles bear on the island annually. Source: www.nature.org.
Visit by car or by boat. www.acebasin.net.
(52 miles; 50 minutes.)
In this Dec. 11, 2014 photo, Pearl Fryar talks about one of abounding sculptures in his acclaimed topiary garden in Bishopville.
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Since the aboriginal 1980s, Pearl Fryar has created topiary at his garden in Bishopville. The active sculptures are feats of ability and horticulture. Abounding of his plants were rescued from the admixture accumulation at bounded nurseries.
Visitors acquaintance a abode that is beautiful, whimsical, educational and inspiring. The garden contains added than 300 plants — and few are clear by his shears. The topiary are complemented by Fryar’s “junkyard” sculptures throughout the garden.
145 Broad Acreage Road, Bishopville. www.pearlfryar.com.
(12 miles; 24 minutes.)
Right actuality in Columbia is a hidden backwoods that encompasses 2,137 acres. Bounded forth its northeastern bend by the Broad River, Harbison Environmental Education Backwoods has added than 31 afar of anchorage and trails that braid through the ache and balk forest, bridge abnormality streams and bottomward through abounding glades to the Broad River.
Trails may be bankrupt briefly during wet weather; analysis aisle statuses at 803-896-8897.
5600 Broad River Road. www.state.sc.us/forest/refharb.htm.
About this series
This is the third in a alternation about alley trips aural South Carolina. Throughout the summer, GoColumbia will analyze some of the state’s lesser-known attractions. Travel distances and times are affected from the S.C. Accompaniment House. Previous installments include:
▪ Places every South Carolinian should appointment at atomic once.
▪ Scare yourself asinine with a apparition bout of South Carolina.
▪ Analyze South Carolina’s bottom accepted celebrated sites.
Do you apperceive of some “undiscovered” spots in South Carolina that could accomplish for a fun day trip? Please share! Tweet any suggestions you accept to @gocolumbiasc.
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