Fall Leaves Sightseeing
Tomorrow is the first day of fall, which means there are only weeks until leaves start to turn picture-perfect shades of gold and red. If you’re interested in doing some fall leaf sightseeing this year, there are tons of options near Greenville, South Carolina. Find out more…
Greenville, South Carolina is located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains – a perfectly-positioned launching point to enjoy this time of year in the Upstate.
Paris Mountain State Park is just a few minutes from downtown Greenville. Its 1,540 acres of parkland includes four lakes, a swimming area, six picnic shelters, and 15 miles of hiking and biking trails. Guests can also enjoy the park’s camping facilities, which include paved camping sites, 13 of which offer tent pads, and five trailside campsites around the North Lake Trail Loop. Find out more here.
Caesars Head State Park is a 50-minute drive north of Greenville. Named for a granitic gneiss outcropping atop the Blue Ridge Escarpment, the park offers opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, bird watching and geocaching. One of the most popular trails at Caesars Head is the two-mile Raven Cliff Falls trail. It leads to 420-foot Raven Cliff Falls, where a suspension bridge offers one of the two publicly accessible overlooks to the falls. Check it out here.
Jones Gap State Park is located in Marietta, SC—about 45 minutes from Greenville. A network of easy to strenuous hiking trails links Jones Gap with Caesars Head in what is known as the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. Together, it includes 11,000 acres of pristine mountain woodlands. Additionally, the state’s first designated scenic river, the Middle Saluda River, runs through Jones Gap and offers some of the state’s best trout fishing. Find out more.
Chimney Rock State Park is a kid-friendly outdoor option with a mix of easy, moderate, and moderate-strenuous trails. It is just under 60 miles north of Greenville and is a well-known haven for hikers, geologists, and bird-watchers. Find out more here.
DuPont State Recreational Forest is located about an hour north of Greenville, but the drive is worth it with over 86 miles of hiking trails. It’s also one of North Carolina’s best mountain biking and horseback riding areas. Find out more here.
Finally… Blue Ridge Mountain Life puts together an excellent guide to forecast the best times and places to enjoy fall foliage. Check it out here.