A Short But Beautiful Hike, Twin Ponds Trail Leads To A Little-Known Waterfall In South Carolina
Not many trails in South Carolina offer views of the Blue Ridge Escarpment quite like the Twin Ponds trail found in the Blue Wall Preserve near Landrum. The Blue Ridge Escarpment is best described as the wall, or the sharply dropping edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains as they fall dramatically to the foothills of the Blue Ridge in South Carolina.
The Cherokee called the escarpment the "blue wall" and, looking at the view, it's easy to see why. Few things compare to the blue haze that clouds the Blue Ridge Mountains!
The Blue Wall Preserve near Landrum has been under the stewardship of The Nature Conservancy since 1997. It is a small portion of a mosaic of approximately 20,000 protected acres along the Blue Wall. And lucky for us, it's open to the public!
A 3.4-mile looped trail leads past two ponds and a surprise waterfall. The surface is a combination of natural path and boardwalk.
It's good for kids because it's short and can be hiked easily in under two hours. What's more: the family dog is allowed, too, as long as it's leashed.
After a short distance on the trail, lakeside views dole out awe-inspiring views up mountain peaks 1,400 feet high. Hogback Mountain is among the tallest.
An informational kiosk is located at the lake with a wealth of information about the Blue Wall Preserve as well as a map that labels the tall mountain peaks of the Blue Wall in view from the very spot.
Plan to spend a little extra time enjoying the unexpected waterfall along this hike. It's so little-known, you may have it all to yourself.
You'll find the start of the trail in the Blue Wall Preserve on Pennell Road, just off Dug Hill Road in Landrum.
Find this map and even more information about the
Twin Ponds trail from our friends at AllTrails. Learn more about the Blue Wall Preserve here.
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Blue Wall Preserve, Pennell Rd, Landrum, SC 29356, USA