The travel slogan for South Carolina has been “from the mountains to the sea”.
In the Piedmont, or the foothills, we are just minutes from waterfalls and scenic mountain vistas.
These photos show one of my family’s favorite day trips.
On the way out of town, we visit Wildcat Wayside Falls.
Lower Wildcat Fall is easily found just by the side of the road. T
The shallow pool offers a refreshing spot for wading. The waterfall is big enough to be beautiful, but there is no worrisome rushing water.
A set of stairs takes you to to Upper Wildcat Falls.
After a visit at the Falls, we like to pack a picnic to enjoy at the top of Caesars Head.
Here’s an alternate scene from the viewing area.
Bald Rock is a scenic overlook between the falls and the summit of Caesars Head. Depending on when we leave the house and how long we stay at the falls, we may visit Bald Rock either on the way up or on the way down the mountain.
Bald Rock is another granite outcrop on the mountain. The colors on the rock may look like sidewalk chalk, though it is actually faded spray paint. This is a favorite gathering spot for teenagers. It bothered me a lot during my first visit, and maybe it’s just my imagination that the paint seems sun-faded and less shocking now. Some say it adds character. I’m not sure I’d go that far because it seems to encourage more graffiti, when I believe the vandalism should stop. I will grant that it makes the spot more unique, and the view of Table Rock in the distance is too fantastic to be spoiled.
This is one of many scenic locations featured in my columns in Upstate Parent magazine.
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