Hiking Trips!

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).

Raven Cliff Falls

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.

Paris Mountain State Park-XL

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.

Peachtree Rock

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


Hiking Backpack!

Hey everybody! I figure it would be pretty cool to go through my hiking backpack, let everyone see what I carry. In case anyone wants to get into hiking, and you got no clue what you need to bring. I’ve talked to people recently that have wanted to go hiking as well as people who have gone hiking. Some of the things discussed was the lack of knowledge about what to bring. I think this blog would be a great start for someone who wants to get into.

The backpack that I use is off the website https://www.tripleaughtdesign.com. I didn’t buy the backpack. My brother, Clayton, bought it. We ended up making a trade for it. Think I traded him a TRX (workout equipment for it). It’s a great pack though. They have a ton of accessories that you can get for it. It’s rather pricey though, but it’s well worth the money. If you wanted to go for something cheaper, I’d just make sure it has some storage room to it. I have about 4 or 5 extra packs for it. One holds batteries (Double A and Triple A’s), one has my first aid kit (icy hot cream and patches, KT tape, sting ointment, bandages, wraps, band aids, ibuprofen, neosporin,¬†etc etc), and 3 other which I use sub out different things for. I keep a few flashlights with me (that’s what the extra batteries are for).


I keep a Havalon (http://www.havalon.com/havalon-evolve-orange-xti-60amt1.html) in the backpack. Which, I think is well worth the money for it. It comes with blades that you can switch out (regular knife blade and saw blades). The drill bit will fit any universal bit, which is extremely nice since most cases the company makes their own for it.

I also keep a pack that is more for camping than hiking. It contains toothpaste, a toothbrush, deodorant, lip balm, deodorizing wipes, and hand sanitizer. I’ll probably end up adding more to it. I got plenty of room for stuff on the inside and outside. I keep a pair of socks and 2 shirts in there as well (long sleeve and short sleeve). I’m eventually going to get a good rain jacket/light jacket that can be folded or put into a storage pack of some sort. Think it’s always a good idea to have a little bit of everything. Also, I keep a can of bug spray in there and some sunscreen.

I also have a pair of binoculars in there just cause it’s really cool to find a high spot and just sit there and gaze out at the different view points. I also keep an emergency tent in there. Just in case it starts raining, I can just set it up and chill out until it stops. Also in the event that I get lost, I have an easy to put up and down shelter. I keep a really big stainless steel bottle of water. Which I got out my Nocking Point Goods box recently (https://nockingpointwines.com/np-goods/). Keeps the water really good, I usually load it down with a bunch of ice cubes. By the end of the hike, there is always some ice left in there. Just goes to show you how well it is made.

That’s really about everything besides my GoPro, wallet, keys, cell phone, and a portable battery charger for my phone. I walked into the Verizon store to get a car charger. The fella in there said, “Hey how can I help you today?”. I told him, “Hey, I just need to get a car charger for my Galaxy S7 Edge.”. He responded by saying, “Sir, car chargers are a thing of the past. What you want is this brand new portable charger.”. I said, “Sold.”. Lol. It works really well though. If I leave my phone alone while it’s charging. It’ll take it from 10% to 100% in 30 mins or so. And still have enough juice in there to do it again.

Thanks for reading everyone! Hope everyone has a blessed day/night!

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru