South Carolina has plenty of green spaces to enjoy but when you have limited time, you may just want some fast and easy spots. These 2 spots are perfect for a short tranquil ride, easy hiking/walking, and a scenic view. They are totally different types of views though. The best part is that they are both free! So, pack a lunch, grab some drinks, and head out for a relaxing adventure that tingles the senses.
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Cedar Falls Park
Address: 201 Cedar Falls Road, Fountain Inn, SC 29644
Hours: 9AM to DUSK
At Cedar Falls Park, you will find 2.2 miles of walking and mountain biking trails. There’s also a large playground. The 200 foot wide falls can be accessed via the paved trail and there is parking at both ends of the trail. There is a picnic shelter that can be reserved online, as well. You can find a downloadable park map at the link above.
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Keep in mind that there is also a long term swimming advisory by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – bacteria and pollution levels have exceeded state safety standards. Swimming here can make you sick.
You will see the remains of an early 20th century dam that used to power a sawmill, a textile mill, and a cotton gin. Watch your step and enjoy.
Symmes Chapel AKA The Pretty Place
Address: 100 YMCA Camp Rd, Cleveland, SC 29635
Camp Greenville dates back to 1912 and the chapel was constructed in 1941. It can be difficult to get a clear shot due to the popularity of the location. The view is so breathtaking though, that it is worth the drive. The best plan would be to arrive for a sunrise or sunset, a quick google search will show you some amazing photos captured during those times.
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Some nearby stops that would be equally as interesting:
- Jones Gap State Park (2 scenic waterfalls, 60+ miles of trails for all difficulties, low admission fee)
- Falls Creek Waterfall Trail (2 miles, considered Difficult due to climbing uphill with 600+ ft elevation gain)
- Raven Cliff Falls Trailhead (2+miles, waterfall, dog-friendly, kid friendly)