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Southern Highlands Waterfall Day Hiking, SC/NC

May 22 - May 29, 2021 -- $1250 ★


When people think of the Southern States, they often think of hot, steamy days and lazy rivers draped with Spanish moss. But not everyone knows that the Northwestern corner of South Carolina where it borders North Carolina contains a veritable cornucopia of magnificent waterfalls. An annual rainfall of around 80 inches -- only matched only by the Pacific northwest -- guarantees abundant water to feed these waterfalls. Southern Living Magazine describes them as ”tumbling like ribbons flowing over granite outcrops tucked into the craggy terrain of South Carolina’s upcountry”.


Our trip will take you to 12 of the most impressive and easiest to access falls in both South and North Carolina. Upper Whitewater Falls, careening 811 feet, is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. We will visit both Upper and Lower Whitewater Falls. Furthermore, we expect it to be warm enough to enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool waters of many of the pools we visit. As a bonus, Spring and early Summer wildflowers will be in bloom.


We will establish our base camp at Burrell’s Ford campground on the Chattooga River of Deliverance fame, so it’s possible we could hear banjo music. The Chattooga River was the first river to receive "wild and scenic" designation in the country. If you care to obtain an out of state fishing license, you can try your luck in the river. Your guides will be more than happy to prepare your fresh trout for dinner.



Weather

Weather is always an important consideration when hiking. May in the Carolinas starts to go from warm to hot. Daily temperatures are typically in the 70s & 80s but could drop into the 50s or rise into the 90s. Nights should be in the 40s & 50s. Please come prepared for the possibility of rain or hot temperatures. Here is the historical weather



Probable Trip Leaders

Bruce Cannon
Chris Frey


Cost

$1250 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Greenville, SC (GSP) as well as personal equipment, restaurant meals and any gratuities for guides. If you drive, the hotel may charge you for parking your car there all week.


Covered expenses include 6 days of trail meals, 5 nights in Burrell's Ford campground, 2 hotel nights, ground transportation to each trail, permits, fees and awesome guides.



Note


This trip is Day Hiking / Base Camping only/



Difficulty


Although the trails may be rugged at times, there's usually clear and solid footing for stability and traction. Furthermore, we will only be carring about 10 pounds or less each day making the hiking more attainable to most people.


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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Drive or fly into Greenville, SC (GSP). The best time to arrive is between around Noon-3PM. However, if you can save a substantial amount on your flight by arriving a few hours earlier or later, then do so.


Call for a free shuttle to our local hotel Best Western Greenville Airport Inn, 5009 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC, 29615-5465, 864-297-5353


Equipment shakedown. We look at all your gear to ensure you are sufficiently outfitted for the upcoming trip.


"Before" body composition measurements taken


Your temperature is taken to see if you're at risk for Covid


Trail mix distribution


Go to REI Greenville, 1140 Woodruff Rd Ste 400, Greenville, SC 29607, (864) 297-0588 for last minute equipment if necessary


Go out for dinner at a local restaurant, Covid permitting (Dinner cost not included in trip price)



Sunday, May 23, 2021

Second set of "before" measurements taken


Your temperature is taken to see if you're at risk for Covid


All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in a storage unit.


Free Hotel Breakfast


Check out of hotel


Shuttle to Burell's Ford campground on the Chattooga River/Foothills Trail


Set up base camp for the week


From camp, day hike 3 round trip miles to King's Creek Falls and Spoon Auger Falls


Camp at Burrell's Ford campground, site(s) TBD


Today’s mileage: 3. Total miles: 3



Monday, May 24, 2021

Shuttle to Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel


Day-Hike 2 miles to Isaquena Falls and Station Cove Falls


Camp at Burrell's Ford, site(s) TBD, elevation 2100'.


Today’s mileage: 2. Total miles: 5



Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Shuttle to Upper & Lower Whitewater Falls


Hike 6 miles to Upper & Lower Whitewater Falls


Camp at Burrell's Ford, site(s) TBD, elevation 2100'.


Today’s mileage: 6. Total miles: 11



Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Shuttle to Panthertown Valley


Hike 6 miles to Wilderness, Granny Burrell, and Schoolhouse Falls


We will lunch atop Tranquility Point just above Schoolhouse Falls and overlooking Panthertown Valley


Camp at Burrell's Ford, site(s) TBD, elevation 2100'.


Today’s mileage: 6. Total miles: 17



Thursday, May 27, 2021

Shuttle to Long Creek


Hike 4 miles to Reedy Branch Falls


Camp at Burrell's Ford, site(s) TBD, elevation 2100'.


Today’s mileage: 4. Total miles: 21



Friday, May 28, 2021

Break camp and pack everything up


Shuttle to Yellow Branch Falls


Hike 3 miles to Yellow Branch Falls


Today’s mileage: 3. Total miles: 24


End of hike


Shuttle back to Greenville. Check into local hotel Best Western Greenville Airport Inn, 5009 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC, 29615-5465, 864-297-5353


After measurements taken


Dinner and awards Ceremony (Dinner cost not included in trip price)


This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Saturday, May 29, 2021

Free breakfast in Hotel


Take Free Airport Shuttle


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