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As summer warms up, check out cool waterfalls in the upstate


Over the past year, many people have discovered the wonders of the outdoors as the pandemic forced them to find new ways to have fun and be entertained with their families.

In the upstate, state parks have seen weekend camping reservations fill up quickly thanks to a combination of COVID-19 restrictions and the large number of people who have discovered the natural beauty of the north. the state.

One way to discover the outdoors? Enjoy a local waterfall – they’re prevalent throughout the upstate – sometimes in state parks, sometimes not.

Jones gap

A short drive from Greenville, Jones Gap State Park in Marietta offers beautiful scenery, including several waterfalls. You can find the park at 303 Jones Gap Road, Marietta, SC, 29661. Make reservations to camp here.

Riley moore falls

In Westminster, Riley Moore Falls is a 45 minute hike on a trail off Cobb Bridge Road on Spy Rock Road.

Twin Falls. Photo by Alex Cooper

Twin Falls

Also known as Eastatoe Falls, this beautiful waterfall is a 15-minute walk from your car. When you reach the falls, there is also an observation deck with benches. You can find it through the directions provided by South Carolina Trails.

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Kings creek falls

A few miles from the South Carolina-Georgia border is Kings Creek Falls. After a 1/2 mile hike you will find this beautiful and popular 70 foot waterfall cascading down to the river below. There is also a small beach near the base of the falls where visitors can relax.

Yellow branch falls

Located near Walhalla in the Yellow Branch Picnic Area, the 50-foot falls are part of a 1.5-mile trail rated “ moderately difficult ” by South Carolina Trails.

Upper Whitewater Falls

After a 10 km hike on the Bad Creek Trail, you will find Upper Whitewater Falls. But it is not an easy trip. The second half requires ladders and stairs, according to All Trails.

Raven Cliff Falls. Photo by SCPRT.

Raven cliff falls

Named after the more than 150 species of ravens found in the area, Raven Cliff Falls, a 400-foot waterfall, is found after a moderate hike of about 2.2 miles. The waterfall is in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area and is said to be the largest waterfall in the state.

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Reedy river falls

Of course, if you can’t quite get away from it all for a mountain adventure, you can always walk around Falls Park and find yourself next to Reedy River Falls.

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For more information on these and other trails, visit SCTrails.net.

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