Five-Star Trails South Carolina Upstate  by Sherry Jackson

Five-Star Trails: South Carolina Upstate Guide Book

by Sherry Jackson (Menasha Ridge Press)
Five-Star Trails South Carolina Upstate  by Sherry Jackson
The South Carolina Upcountry is gaining more popularity and people visiting will need to know how to discover all it has to offer. Outdoor activities here abound and there are a good variety of trails for hikers of all levels. From waterfalls to amazing mountain views, each trail offers hikers an incredible experience. Since the Upcountry is relatively “undiscovered”, there are very few books that have a true compilation of hikes in the area. Five-Star Trails: South Carolina Upstate will bring together those hiking trails that offer a “five star” experience. Each trail has been thoroughly researched, recently hiked and includes a detailed description, trail profiles and map. At a glance ratings in important categories such as Scenery, Trail Condition, Difficulty, Solitude and appropriateness for children let you quickly select a trail that fits your tastes and ability.

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Trails from the "Five-Star Trails: South Carolina Upstate" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 30.

As you enter through the electric-fenced gate, you get a feeling that you’re trespassing into some top-secret facility. That’s somewhat true. Duke Energy owns this site, and it’s home to their largest ...
Lake Jocassee, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
If you’re feeling adventurous, the Blue Ridge Railroad Trail at Issaqueena Falls is one of the lesser-trekked trails in Oconee County. Even though the trail is marked by a small sign and yellow trail ...
Oconee County, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
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Blue Wall Passage is part of the Palmetto Trail, a 425-mile project that, when completed, will be South Carolina’s largest bicycle and pedestrian trail system. The Palmetto Trail features primitive pa ...
Cleveland, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
Caesars Head is one of South Carolina’s most famous natural landmarks, with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Th e Raven Cliff Falls Trail is part of the 10,000-acre Mountain Bridge Wildern ...
Cedar Mountain, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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The shoals at Cedar Falls were used to power local mills and in the 1820s to generate electrical power. Today it’s a little-known local swimming hole with cascading waterfalls dumping into numerous po ...
Princeton, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
This park is considered one of Oconee County’s best-kept secrets. It’s so hidden away in Westminster that even some locals don’t know the park exists. This little gem offers waterfalls; sandy beache ...
Westminster, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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This is really more of a walk than a hike, but the historical value makes it a definite inclusion for our five-star trails. Even though the Battle of Cowpens lasted less than an hour, it was the most ...
Greenville, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
Located a few miles from downtown Spartanburg, Croft State Park is best known for its equestrian facilities, which boast an arena, on-site horse stalls, and more than 20 miles of equestrian trails. ...
Pauline, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
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Encompassed by the Jocassee Gorges, Lake Jocassee is one of the most pristine and clear lakes in the Upstate of South Carolina. Fed by mountain springs, the lake offers great trout fishing and is a ha ...
Lake Jocassee, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
The Eastatoe Heritage Preserve is located within the Jocassee Gorges, which was named by National Geographic as one of “50 of the World’s Last Great Places.” Jocassee, meaning “place of the lost one” ...
Sassafras Mountain, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
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Edwin M. Griffin Nature Preserve was the Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE) program’s first project. This 115-acre urban preserve and trail system is located just minutes from downtown Spartanburg a ...
Pauline, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
This is part of the 11,000-acre Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, named for the two watersheds that are within its boundaries. Mountain Bridge is considered the best hiking destination in South Carolin ...
Cleveland, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
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With more than 30 miles of trails at Jones Gap State Park, there are a lot of choices. This hike covers a pleasant, moderately strenuous trail that traverses boulders, passes several streams, and foll ...
Cedar Mountain, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
Part of the 11,000-acre Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, Jones Gap is a peaceful yet popular area due to five waterfalls and numerous trails located in the park. Rainbow Falls has been a favorite hiki ...
Cedar Mountain, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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Keowee-Toxaway State Park is considered the gateway to the 43,000-acre Jocassee Gorges, named by National Geographic as one of “50 of the World’s Last Great Places.” Jocassee Gorges is known for its a ...
Lake Jocassee, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.7
You get two parks in one at Kings Mountain: Kings Mountain National Military Park, which has a museum and visitor center and is home to the actual battlefield site; and the adjacent Kings Mountain Sta ...
Spartanburg, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.6
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Head here for an ideal outdoor stretch on Sunday afternoons or for an after-work summertime escape. Smack in the middle of the city, the trail makes for an easy trek that feels secluded even if you ha ...
Mauldin, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
Sometimes a walk instead of a grueling hike is in order, especially if small kids are in tow. This level, paved trail is a perfect outing, and actually walking on top of the Hartwell Dam is just not s ...
Hartwell Reservoir, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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These are two distinctively different trails but can easily be done in the same day. British Camp Trail is a 1-mile leisurely hike that winds along the Enoree River. It offers views of where the old M ...
Clarkesville, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
This is Pickens County’s newest trail, and it is a bird lover’s paradise. More than 110 species of birds have been logged in this 560-acre preserve since the new trail opened in mid-2012. The area i ...
Lake Jocassee, SC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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