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Upcountry South Carolina News


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2/1/2017 Mountains & Foothills
Spring for UpcountrySC

 The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains are beautiful year-round, but when new, tender leaves begin to emerge and paint the landscape a vivid green, spring has officially arrived!

While you’re here, you’ll want to visit at least one of the nearly 150 waterfalls in the area. With so many options, you can choose a day-long adventure or pick from several that are only a short walk from the road.

One of the best ways to enjoy the spring season is by rafting on the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River-- from a relaxing ride with occasional whitewater to thrill-filled adventure on Class V rapids. In fact, it's the Number 1 activity on Southern Living Magazine’s Top 40 Things every Southerner should do!

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

Just down the road from Wildwater’s outpost is Chattooga Belle Farm, a 138-acre u-pick farm where you’ll overlook peach and apple trees, grape and muscadine vines, and berry patches. There you'll find chutney, relishes and apple butter sold in the store. Relax in one of the rocking chairs to enjoy a 200 degree view as the sun sets behind the mountains.

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

Stop to visit the overlook at Caesars Head State Park which has long been known as one of the best views in South Carolina. It is stunning as you stand atop the outcropping and gaze at the Blue Ridge escarpment and Piedmont with the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia as a backdrop.

For outdoor adventure, look no further than SCMountainLakes.com. Biking, horseback riding, boating, whitewater rafting, paddling, fishing, hiking, camping, golfing and antiquing are plentiful in Oconee County.  Plus there are lakes Hartwell, Keowee and Jocassee, rushing and lazy rivers, the federally-designated Wild and Scenic Chattooga, endless waterfalls, the Sumter National Forest and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Start planning your next getaway to the Upcountry today – and don’t forget to leave some extra time in your schedule for those things we know you’ll discover while you’re here!
For more information:  
 UpcountrySC.com         WildwaterRafting.com     SCMountainLakes.com