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Enjoying Twin Falls in South Carolina.

I knew the author of the guide book Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina said this was an easy trail but my hope was for a little longer and steeper than what we experienced. The stream that runs beside the trail is beautiful and reminds me more of being close to the Chattooga River than [...]

I “Do” Rain!

    This is one of those summers when all it seems to do is rain. I guess I could get frustrated but I usually don't, especially when a camera is involved and when I believe you can learn from rainy days that you can't learn in sunshine. Last week, a few days after I [...]

When You Need a Quick Get Away!

T When I want to take time away and get lost in my surroundings, I usually head to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesville, and/or the Appalachian Trail (AT) in North Carolina. I realize there are closer places but there's something about these dear, dark woods and thundering mountains that bring contentment and wonder to the [...]

We hiked the Edmonds Trail

  The 7.2-mile James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail, named in honor of one of the park’s first rangers, is a quite steep trail. It was a lot more exciting than the Tennessee Rock Trail which is much shorter. When I looked up the elevation gain for the James Edmonds trail, the graph looked like rick-rack! [...]

Spoonauger Falls another Big Payoff!

I love hiking along the Chattooga  River! The trails have a different sense of character, and it usually includes something pretty wild! This hike had one of the most "paddled" trails that I have hiked. It was thick with pine needles, lush with rhododendron, and super short and easy. There was some muddy up spots [...]

King Creek Waterfalls South Carolina

Click on the photo to enlarge. This is one sweet little hike that has something for everyone. There's plenty of rhododendron tunnels, pine needle padded paths, some rock scrambles, ups and downs, and a big payoff at the end with one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area: King Creek Waterfall. We [...]

Andrews Bald Conquered!

Click on photo to enlarge. I read the reviews for this 3.6 mile hike to Andrews Bald, and everyone, who seemed much younger than me, wrote things like: "Such an easy hike." Then someone my age popped in and said. "Moderate." LOL! It really is moderate—not strenuous but certainly moderate. Why, the rocks [...]

Hidden Falls, South Carolina

Hidden Falls is hidden no more. For a couple of years, I have been trying to "find" these falls but "things connected with life" kept me from hiking to this beautiful water fall that truly is hidden. The 2.4 mile trail was easy and well maintain. No problem and a nice hike for families. It [...]