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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

The Symmes Chapel is part of the YMCA Camp Greenville.  Visitors are welcome from sunrise to sunset when it is not in use as an event venue.  Be sure to check the visitation schedule before you go.

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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