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Hiking In The Upcountry South Carolina


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Hiking In The Upcountry South Carolina

Hiking In Upcountry South Carolina

Any trip to the Upcountry of South Carolina should include at least a few hours, if not a few days, on some of the area’s vast resource of hiking trails. For those looking for more of a relaxing walk, some of the trails in our state and county parks have something for you. If you’re looking for a real workout, grab your gear and take on the Foothills Trail, an 80-mile route that traverses some of the most pristine and beautiful areas of the lower Blue Ridge Mountains. The Palmetto Trail, a 425-mile-long path that links the Upcountry’s mountains to the coast, has around 40 miles of the trail open in the Upcountry area. Some of the sections are relatively easy, but parts are steep and strenuous. The region boasts over 30 magnificent waterfalls. Some take only a few minutes to reach, while several involve a trek of a few hours and over rugged terrain.

Several area trails are located in the heart of bustling cities and towns. The Reedy River Corridor Trail in Greenville is a continuous paved trail along the banks of the Reedy River. The trail offers vistas of gardens, waterfalls, and historical sites. In Spartanburg, The Cottonwood Trail Preserve is a 115-acre urban preserve and trail system. Just minutes from downtown Spartanburg, the trail meanders along a 1.5-mile stretch of Lawson’s Fork Creek.


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Oconee County Parks, Recreation & Tourism

"Oconee" is a Cherokee word meaning "land beside the water" and water is in no short supply. With all the lakes and rivers to explore you may just find it hard to leave. In the northwestern-most corner of South... more info...

South Carolina State Parks

South Carolina's State Park system is one of the most admired in the country and provides a wide range of activities and spectacular scenery. At State Parks, you’ll find the best boating, mountain biking, horseback riding,... more info...

Waterfalls of the Upcountry

We've highlighted more than 35 publicly accessible waterfalls that are found in SC's Upcountry.  They range in height from 40 to 700 feet.  Most of the falls can be found in the area's parks and are easily reached, while... more info...

Suggested Listings

Bad Creek Visitors Center
Hwy. 130/Oconee County, Oconee,
(704) 382-8356

Bad Creek is the site of the largest hydroelectric station operated by Duke Power. Besides providing an important source of power generation, the Bad Creek site is adjacent to many important natural resources. The site open to the public more info...

An excellent park for enthusiasts and photographers, at 3,266' above sea level, Caesars Head provides views of Table Rock, Pinnacle Mountain and other distant peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. more info...

Chattooga National Wild & Scenic River
112 Andrew Pickens RD, Mountain Rest, SC 29664

The Chattooga is recognized as one of the SE's premier whitewater rivers and the most famous whitewater paddling spot in the state. more info...

Chau Ram County Park
1220 Chau Ram Park RD, Westminster, SC 29693
(864) 647-9286

The park is located at the confluence of the Chauga and Ramsay Creek.  Visitors can enjoy hiking and biking trails, go tubing or fishing on the river, camp and enjoy the 40-foot waterfall and the suspension bridge over the river.  ... more info...

The Chauga River is a popular fishing area for rainbow trout, brown trout, and redeye bass. The Cassidy Bridge area offers parking and access. The warmer reaches of the river have largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish. more info...

The campground is located in the Sumter National Forest Campground and Recreation Area. The 29 site campground offers flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station, but no hook-ups. more info...

Cowpens National Battlefield
4001 Chesnee Highway, Gaffney, SC 29341
(864) 461-2828

Cowpens Battlefield commemorates a decisive battle that helped to turn the tide of war in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. more info...

Croft State Park
450 Croft State Park Rd., Spartanburg, 29302
(864) 585-1283

The former World War II Army training camp features 7,054 acres of rolling terrain, two lakes that support an excellent habitat, trails, equestrian facilities and camping. Visitors can visit cemeteries of early settlers or remnant Army structures. 50 ca more info...

Devils Fork State Park
161 Holcombe Circle, Salem, SC 29676
(864) 944-2639

Three miles north of S.C. Hwy. 11 on Jocassee Lake Road. 84 sites. (59 RV, 25 T) (2 handicapped sites) Water and electrical hook-ups for RV's. Central water for tent camping. Year round. more info...

Devils Fork State Park Villas
161 Holcombe Circle, Salem, 29676
(864) 944-2639
Alternate Phone: 1-888-887-2757

20 furnished villas on the shore of Lake Jocassee. 2 and 3 bedrooms, accommodate 6 to 10 people. Handicapped-accessible villas are available. more info...

Eden Farms
4700 Dacusville Hwy., Marietta, SC 29661

Eden Farms is a place where horse lovers of any age, experience level, or ability can come for relaxation, healing, and fun! more info...

Ellicott Rock Wilderness
USDA Forest Service, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664

The US Congress designated the Ellicott Rock Wilderness area in 1975 where the mountainous regions of SC, NC, and GA converge. more info...

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