South Carolina November 15, 2017
11 Places To Visit In South Carolina When The Mountains Are Calling Your Name
South Carolina’s landscape is so diverse that in a matter of just over three hours you can go from ocean views at sea level to heavenly views while towering over the mountainous terrain to the northwest. No matter where you’re from in the Palmetto State you’ve probably found yourself hearing the mountains calling your name from time to time. Here are 11 perfect places to answer that call:
1. Falling Waters Scenic Byway (SC 107)
Ooh and aah your way across this 13 mile jaunt from just north of the Town of Walhalla to the North Carolina state line. From the Oscar Wigginton Overlook you'll have breathtaking views of Lake Jocassee.
2. The Foothills Trail
This through hike is definitely for the more experienced of hikers among us. It traverses approximately 70 miles of up and down terrain affording magnificent mountain top views as well as some serious stream crossings. In the end, it's one hike you'll never forget. See more of it in
3. The overlook at Caesar's Head State Park
A short trail leading from the parking lot at the visitors center at this state park leads to an overlook dishing up extraordinary views of the valley below and mountains near and afar.
4. Hotel Domestique
Spend the perfect weekend away in the mountains at this boutique European style hotel. Sip oodles of great wine from the veranda with amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or enjoy the same views from your room or from the restaurant at the hotel. Find out more
5. Victoria Valley Vineyards
Take a group tour of the winery, sit on the terrace and enjoy sweeping views of this 47 acre vineyard or have lunch in the cafe. Whatever you do, don't forget you've got nothing but time on your hands. Enjoy! Victoria Vineyards is open 5 days a week, Thursday through Monday.
6. Devil's Fork State Park
Enjoy some down time and getting reacquainted with the beautiful mountains while atop Lake Jocassee. At Devils Fork State Park you can also opt to just sit along the shore and gawk all day long if you want.
7. The Red Horse Inn
The Red Horse Inn, located in Landrum, offers rooms in their main house or, you can stay in one of the charming six cottages on the property. All offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and hills.
8. Table Rock Trail
What better way is there to feel more connected to our beloved mountains than by climbing one? The trail to the top of South Carolina's Table Rock is 3.5 miles each way and totally worth every step. Just look at the view!
9. Pumpkintown Mountain Restaurant
This novel attraction is located on SC-11 in the middle of seemingly nowhere in the mountains of South Carolina. The cute little restaurant dishes up some signature sandwiches and the ice cream shop scoops up plenty of friendly smiles to go with your dessert.
10. Travelers Rest
Although not on the top of a mountain, the rolling hills of this small city in South Carolina make it easy to view the surrounding mountains. Check out
to find out why T.R. is one of the coolest small towns in America.
11. Jones Gap State Park
Located in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, this state park has more than 30 miles of hiking trails—and waterfalls galore! Check it out, but plan to arrive early; when the parking lot gets full then you're out of luck.
Yearning to head to the mountains? Homesick?
Here’s another perfect spot to get away in the mountains of South Carolina.