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Upcountry South Carolina News


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9/3/2017 Other
Fall for the Upcountry

The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains are beautiful year-round, but they are especially breathtaking in the fall.  Locals and visitors alike make the annual trip to take in the brillian hues that line the roads and waterways.

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. 

Experience the premier whitewater rafting river in the Eastern US with WildWater, who's been leading trips since 1971.  We can book your adventure to include lodging (cottages, group yurts and deluxe cabin), rafting (half day, full day, multi-day), zipline canopy tours, kayak tours, whitewater kayak clinics, Stand-up Paddleboarding and overnight camping.

Start planning your getaway today!

Other things to do in the area:

Sample local flavor at Chattooga Belle Farm, a 138-acre u-pick farm that is just down the road from Wildwater. There you'll find chutney, relishes and apple butter sold in the store. Order a hot apple cider and relax in one of the rocking chairs to enjoy a 200 degree view of fall foliage as the sun sets behind the mountains.

Just down the road from Wildwater’s outpost is
Chattooga Belle Farm, a 138-acre u-pick plantation featuring exquisitely maintained fields of peach and apple trees, grape and muscadine vines and berry patches. Apple season is over, but you can still sample the locally made chutney, relishes and apple butter sold in the store. Or order up a hot apple cider, take a seat in one of the rocking chairs under the barn’s covered patio and enjoy the expansive vista of fall foliage as the sun sets behind the mountains.

Take a drive on the 112-mile Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway, which follows a route used by the Cherokees as well as the English and French fur traders.

Visit the overlook at Caesars Head State Park  which has long been known as one of the best locations for viewing fall color in South Carolina. The view is stunning as you stand atop the outcropping and gaze at the Blue Ridge escarpment and Piedmont draped in a canopy of red, gold and yellow, with the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia as a backdrop.