Hey everybody! Hope everyone has had a great day today so far! Today, I’m going to talk to you about some hiking books. I read about different hikes in South Carolina. Some of the hikes are on the border of North Carolina and Georgia. Which is awesome. So far what I’ve read in the books, the books all have the trails separated into 3 different regions. They use different names in each book, but it basically boils down to Upstate, Midlands, and Low Country.
The books I bought are Hiking South Carolina A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hikes by Joshau Kinser and 50 Hikes in South Carolina by Johnny Molloy. I also have a book called Wild South Carolina A Field Guide to Parks, Preserves, and Special Places by Liesel and Susan Hamilton with photos by Tori Steyne. The last book listed includes all the activities that you can do at all the parks in the book. Some examples are paddle boating, hiking, horse riding, biking, and even more. Also, some of the distances of the trail are different in the book then online. I’m not sure which is correct, I’m going to do it based on what it is in the book. So what I’m going to do is list out all the hikes that peaked my interest, how long they are, and where they are. Then I’m gonna pick a few to go into a little more detail about below.
Raven Cliff Falls (Greenville, SC): 3.8 miles in and out from parking lot
Bill Kimball-Coldspring Branch Loop (Cleveland, SC): 4.8 mile loop
Falls Creek and Hospital Rock Trails (Marietta, SC): 6.2 if you take a shuttle bus back to start otherwise it’s 12.4 miles there and back
Blue Wall Preserve (Greenville, SC): 3.4 mile loop
Paris Mountain State Park (Greenville, SC): 5.4 mile loop
Buncombe Trail (Whitmire, SC): 8.0 miles in and out
Harbison State Forest (Columbia, SC): 3.3 mile loop
Sesquicentennial State Park Loop Road Trail (Columbia, SC): 3.4 mile loop
Peachtree Rock (Lexington, SC): 2.4 mile loop
Conagree National Park (Hopkins, SC): 8.5 mile loop
Big Bend Falls (Mountain Rest, SC): 7 miles in and out
Raven Rock Loop (Sunset, SC): 3.9 mile loop
Whitewater Falls (NC/SC Border)(Cashiers, NC): 5.8 mile
One of the first ones that I read about in the book that really peaked my interest was Raven Cliff Falls. Just sounds epic. There is a $2.00 hiking fee so make sure you have some cash on you. The difficulty is listed as easy due to the distance and small amount of elevation to the falls. During the spring and summer time, you are most likely going to see a variety of wildflowers (some examples are flame azaleas and pinxter flower).
The next hike that caught my eye was the Paris Mountain State Park. This one is another one that has a fee of $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-15, free for kids under 5 as well as a SC senior discount 65 or older of $3.25. The difficulty has been described as strenuous. Which I guess would be medium due to the distance and the elevation changes. Mountain biking is very popular up there, however it is closed to them on Saturday.
Peachtree Rock is next on the list of places I really wanna go. The picture I found is before the rock fell over. They made the decision to leave the rock on its side. I think it fell over in 2013. From pictures I’ve seen there is a lot of cool and unique rocks that were shaped by erosion. As well as some little water falls. Seems like a very beautiful place. The difficulty is moderate, due to elevation gains. There is no fee to get in.
The last one that I’m going to discuss is the Big Bend Falls. No fee. The difficulty is moderate due to length as well as elevation changes. The views are breathtaking in all the pictures that I’ve seen. Between the trails and the waterfalls, there is so much beauty to be seen at this place. It’s one of the main reasons that I’m itching to get my boots on and go see this place. It’s got one of the most powerful waterfalls in South Carolina.
I really enjoyed doing this one, hiking and being out in nature is one of my favorite things to do. I grew up hunting and fishing. Part of me really enjoys fishing, not so much about hunting anymore. Anyways, I hope everyone enjoys reading this! I hope it gives you that push to try something new, or the push to go somewhere new. I hope everyone has a great day!
“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro