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Upcountry South Carolina News


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9/10/2017 Other
Fall in Love with Fall

The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains are especially beautiful in the fall, but taking in the foliage is just the beginning of your adventures along the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic BywayThis will take you from the Georgia/South Carolina border at Lake Hartwell through the rolling hills of the Piedmont all the way to historic Gaffney.  You can do the drive in about four hours and there is plenty to see along the way, but we’ve lined up seven side-trips for you adventurous types.

Hike to one of the many waterfalls. Don't worry, not all of them require an arduous trek.  The one pictured above is Wildcat Wayside Falls and can be viewed by everyone as it roadside on Highway 11. 

Pick up a basket of apples at one of the many farms along the way.  Oconee County is a major producer and has a long history with apples.

Take in Oktoberfest in Walhalla, which features crafts, lederhosen and carnival rides, as well as fantastic food such as wurst and kraut, beer and authentic German music and dancers.  

One of the best ways to experience the foliage is by rafting on the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River--from a relaxing ride with occassional whitewater to thrill-filled adventure through Class V rapids. In fact, it's the number one on Southern Living’s Top 40 Things every Southerner should do: raft the Chattooga River.

You'll find plenty of other not-so-daring adventures, like exploring the SC Botanical Garden, visiting a working grist mill and a gorgeous state park, all in Pickens County.  Then there's National Geographic's recommendation of Jocassee Gorges as one of the World's Last Great Places.  Plus over 85,000 acres of protected forest land in Sumter National Forest.  This part of the world is one big playground for the outdoor lover.

You may just find that fall is not enough time to explore all that the Upcountry has to offer!  To find out more, please visit these sites-  
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