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Hiking to the Waterfalls of the Carolinas

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Program #14025RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Caesar's Head State Park is 3,300 feet

Itinerary for May 4 — May 9, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: The facility overlooks Table Rock Mountain and the forest at Table Rock State Park.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-650-8395
Room amenities: Towels, soap and shampoo. Phone, television, microwave and refrigerator are located in lounge. Snacks, soft drinks, water and coffee provided in common lounge area.

Facility amenities: Lounge open 24 hours a day. There is access to a fitness center and technology lab.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 04 - Welcome/Introductions
Arrive To: Registration will be conducted at the Youth Learning Institute Education Center beginning at 3:30 p.m and ending at 4:30 p.m. Orientation will be conducted at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the Learning Center's dining facility at 6:30 p.m.

Evening: This evening will provide participants an opportunity to become more familiar with each other.

Lodging: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The facility overlooks Table Rock Mountain and the forest at Table Rock State Park.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-650-8395
Room amenities: Towels, soap and shampoo. Phone, television, microwave and refrigerator are located in lounge. Snacks, soft drinks, water and coffee provided in common lounge area.

Facility amenities: Lounge open 24 hours a day. There is access to a fitness center and technology lab.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 05 - Hike to Yellow Branch Falls; Picnic Lunch at Stum...
Hike to Yellow Branch Falls; Picnic Lunch at Stumphouse Tunnel Park and explore Issaqueena Falls; Hike the Chauga Narrows and Riley Moore Falls; Evening Music Presentation (optional)

Note: Hiking

Depart From: Youth Learning Institute Education Center

Breakfast: A hot breakfast will be served in the Education Center's dining facility

Morning: We will board provided vans for Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaquenna Falls. The history of Stumphouse Tunnel is as rich as the surrounding land and carries with it stories of dreams, failure, hardship and opportunities. The dream was to develop a railroad line from Charleston, SC to Cincinnati, Ohio. The Blue Ridge Rail Line was completed from Charleston to Pendleton by 1850's but the granite Stumphouse Mountain presented a major challenge. Work continued in spite of numerous problems including an unscrupulous construction company, high operating costs and the inability to secure funding. Workers were able to cut 1,600 feet from the western opening before state funds ran out in 1859. Before more money could be acquired, the War Between the States began. The town of Tunnel Hill faded into history. After the war, SC was in no position to continue construction of the rail line, thus the tunnel remains unfinished. The tunnel temperature is a consistent 56 degrees with 85% humidity year round. In the 1940's Dr. Paul G. Miller of Clemson College realized that these conditions were ideal for curing blue cheese. After the process was perfected, the conditions of the tunnel were duplicated at the Clemson University & the cheese making was moved there. With more than 60,000 visitors a year, the tunnel is one of the most visited historical sites in SC. Issaqueena Falls is a beautiful waterfall named for a Creek maiden. There are many legends. The most popular tells about a girl named Issaqueena who was captured by the Cherokee. As a young woman she met and fell in love with a white trader. She overheard a Cherokee plan to attack the settlements on the frontier. To warn her lover, she rode a pony 96 miles to his trading fort. Over time, they had a baby & moved back to Stumphouse Mountain. One day, the Cherokee Chief sent warriors to capture her. Knowing that the Cherokee believed evil spirits lived in waterfalls, she pretended to leap to her death. She safely hid on the ledge.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Stumphouse Tunnel Park.

Afternoon: Participants will explore Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel. Followed by a hike to the Chauga Narrows and Riley Moore Falls.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the Youth Learning Institute's Headquarters & Education Center dining facility.

Evening: Optional local music presentation

Lodging: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The facility overlooks Table Rock Mountain and the forest at Table Rock State Park.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-650-8395
Room amenities: Towels, soap and shampoo. Phone, television, microwave and refrigerator are located in lounge. Snacks, soft drinks, water and coffee provided in common lounge area.

Facility amenities: Lounge open 24 hours a day. There is access to a fitness center and technology lab.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 06 - Hike to Upper Whitewater Falls; Picnic Lunch; Hik...
Hike to Upper Whitewater Falls; Picnic Lunch; Hike to Lower Whitewater Falls; Recreation Night (optional)

Note: Hiking

Depart From: Youth Learning Institute Education Center

Breakfast: A hot breakfast will be served at the Education Center's dining facility.

Morning: We'll travel by vans to Upper Whitewater Falls on the North Carolina/South Carolina Border. These falls are the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. The falls plunge an amazing 411 feet! South Carolina's Lower Whitewater Falls drops another 400 feet. Because of the excarpment's difficult access and rugged terrain, much of the area receives few visitors and has remained wild and undeveloped over years. In the cool, moist shade of steep slopes and rock cliffs, wildflowers and salamanders abound. This wild land is a perfect haven for a rich array of ferns, mosses and fungi. Enjoy the beauty of berries and blooms throughout the seasons.

Lunch: A bag lunch will be provided while viewing the falls.

Afternoon: A short van ride will take us to Lower Whitewater Falls. This is a moderate half day hike to an observation deck overlooking the beautiful Lower Whitewater Falls. The total distance for the hike is 3.4 miles with moderate hills.

Dinner: Dinner will be provided at the Education Center's dining facility.

Evening: Optional Recreation Night

Lodging: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The facility overlooks Table Rock Mountain and the forest at Table Rock State Park.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-650-8395
Room amenities: Towels, soap and shampoo. Phone, television, microwave and refrigerator are located in lounge. Snacks, soft drinks, water and coffee provided in common lounge area.

Facility amenities: Lounge open 24 hours a day. There is access to a fitness center and technology lab.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 07 - Boat Tour of Waterfalls on Lake Jocassee at Devil...
Boat Tour of Waterfalls on Lake Jocassee at Devil's Fork State Park; Picnic Lunch; Hike Station Cove Falls; SC DNR Presentation/Lecture (optional)

Note: Hiking

Depart From: Youth Learning Institute Education Center

Breakfast: The day will start with a hot breakfast served at the Education Center's dining facility.

Morning: Travel by vans to Lake Jocassee for a boat trip to see Jocasse Falls. Lake Jocasse is tucked into the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is one of the most scenic lakes in the country with a back drop of mountains & several waterfalls that pour into the lake. The valley where the lake is located was once home to 4 mighty rivers. It is surrounded by over 50,000 of protected state land. The lake has 7,500 acres of water & 75 miles of shoreline. The recorded history of the Jocassee Gorges area dates back to 1539 when Hernando deSoto explored the area. South of what is now the dam was once Keowee Village, the capital town of the Lower Cherokee Indians. In 1690 James Moore led a British expedition through the area in search of gold. The Vale of Jocassee was home to the Cherokee Indian Nation. It now lies 300 feet beneath the surface of the lake. By the late 1700's trade routes between Cherokee and Europeans were will established. In 1785 a treaty was signed that gave all of the Jocassee Gorges land area, with the exception of northern Oconee County, to the US. It would not be until 1835 that the Oconee mountains of Jocassee Gorges were ceded to the US. This controversial treaty signed by a very small representation of Indians, granted the US all the Indian territory east of the Mississippi. In 1916, the Toxaway Dam in NC failed. The flood removed much of the fertile topsoil and deposited rocks and boulders on the family farms. After this, it was difficult for homesteaders to make a living off the land. In the 1920's, livestock was transported from the east by rail. Cattle were free ranged. The advent of the textile industry made mountain inhabitants migrate to local mill towns to work. Their land was generally sold or abandoned and auctioned for back taxes. The timber industry emerged. In 1965, Duke Power Company announced the construction of the Keowee Toxaway Project and began construction in 1967. It resulted in the formation of Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee

Lunch: Participants will enjoy bag lunches at Devil's Fork State Park.

Afternoon: Participants will enjoy an afternoon hike to Station Cove Falls. Rest and Relaxation - Free Time - Take a nap, enjoy each others company, explore the area - do whatever you enjoy!

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the Education Center.

Evening: A representative from the SC Department of Natural Resources will provide information on the local area. He is a conservation educator, recreation specialist and field editor for SC Wildlife magazine. He is also editor of the Jocassee Journal - Information and News about the Jocassee Gorges.

Lodging: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The facility overlooks Table Rock Mountain and the forest at Table Rock State Park.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-650-8395
Room amenities: Towels, soap and shampoo. Phone, television, microwave and refrigerator are located in lounge. Snacks, soft drinks, water and coffee provided in common lounge area.

Facility amenities: Lounge open 24 hours a day. There is access to a fitness center and technology lab.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 08 - Caesars Head State Park (overlook); Hike DuPont S...
Caesars Head State Park (overlook); Hike DuPont State Park; Picnic Lunch; Hike Twin Falls; Dinner at Clemson University Botanical Gardens

Note: Hiking

Breakfast: A hot breakfast will be served for you at the Education Center's dining facility.

Morning: We'll travel by van to Caesars Head State Park and DuPont State Park. Caesars Head State Park is a must see in the South Carolina Upstate. A granite outcropping atop the dramatic Blue Ridge escarpment, it offers breathtaking views year-round, especially when fall sets the hardwoods ablaze. Another annual highlight is the Hawk Watch program each fall, timed to allow visitors to marvel at the unforgettable sight of hundreds of soaring, swirling migrating raptors- hawks, kites, falcons, eagles and more - from the park visitors own perch at nearly 3,300 feet above sea level. DuPont State Forest is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Hedersonville and Brevard, NC. Its 10,400 acres of forest, 4 major waterfalls on Little River and several on Grassy Creek. The original 7600 acre forest was established in 1996 through a generous sale from the DuPont Corporation. In 2000 the Forest was expanded by 2 property additions, including the spectacular 2200 acre tract in the center of the Forest containing High Falls, Triple Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. This Forest probably has as much falling water per square mile as any public land in the Southeast. Hooker Falls is an easy 5-10 minute walk downstream from the access area. It drops off a 12 foot ledge directly into Cascade Lake. The waterfall features and observation deck. It is a 10-15 minute hike to Triple Falls. This is a 150 foot waterfall featuring 3 cascades. There is a short uphill to the viewing area. Enjoy the side trail to the river between the second and third cascades. Continue up the hill from the Triple Falls viewing area and turn left where you will find High Falls. There is a side trail to the base of the waterfall. The fall is 120 feet high.

Lunch: A bag lunch will be enjoyed while hiking and viewing the falls.

Afternoon: Hike to Twin Falls.

Dinner: Dinner will be a picnic at Clemson University's Botanical Gardens.

Lodging: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 09 - Tour Camp Hannon at Pinnacle Falls in Sunset; Pic...
Note: Hiking

Breakfast: A hot breakfast will be served at the Education Center's dining facility.

Morning: Come hike to a private waterfall. Camp Hannon at Pinnacle Falls offers a scenic with a 65 foot waterfall.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips

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