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Biking South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Foothills

Program Number: 18022RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/27/2014 - 5/2/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Pickens, South Carolina
Price starting at: $687.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Pedal into the history, folklore and natural beauty of upstate South Carolina’s “Golden Corner” and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On daily expert-led bike rides of 17 to 25 miles (plus optional longer routes), take in the blazing fall or spring colors (depending on the season) of the Sumter National Forest and a enjoy a cookout at historic Hagood Mill, known for its recently discovered Native American petroglyphs.




Highlights

• Benefit from professional instruction on riding techniques and how to get the best performance out of your body and your bike.
• Discover local gems including the Pickens County Museum of Art and History and Clemson’s lovely South Carolina Botanical Garden.
• Enjoy a fun evening of traditional Palmetto State music.



Activity Particulars

Biking 17-25 miles daily over rolling terrain, optional rides up to 35 miles. Intermediate-level bicycling experience required. Participants may use bikes and equipment provided on site, but are encouraged to bring their own. Bikes can be shipped directly to the Youth Learning Institute Education Center (see pre-program materials for address) and will be assembled and ready upon arrival.




Date Specific Information

4-27-2014

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Coordinated by Clemson University.




Pickens

Founded in 1868 by Scottish-Irish settlers and traders who lived among the native Cherokee, Pickens today is a friendly, small town at the foothills of the Appalachians where residents and visitors enjoy abundant hiking trails, gorgeous vistas and mountain lakes.



Accommodations
Beautiful learning institute overlooking Table Rock Mountain. Each room has two single beds and private bath. No television sets or phones in rooms.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Youth Learning Institute Education Center
  Pickens, SC 5 nights
 The Youth Learning Institute Education Center
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: 864-878-1103
  Room amenities: Towels, soap and shampoo. Phone,television, microwave and refrigerator are located in common lounge. Coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks are provided in that area too.
  Facility amenities: Lounge open 24 hours a day. There is access to the fitness center and a technology center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Check out time: 8:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 p.m. in the lobby area. Road Scholar Orientation begins at 5:00 pm. You will be staying at The Youth Learning Institute Education Center that night.
  End of Program:
1:00 p.m. after lunch You will be staying at The Youth Learning Institute Education Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None
  Parking availability:
No charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Pickens, SC
  Nearest city or town:  Pickens, South Carolina
  Nearest highway: Highway 183
  Nearest airport:  Greenville
  From End of Program
  Location: Pickens, SC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Greenville/Spartanburg airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Clemson University Youth Learning Institute
phone: 803-491-4869
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

50

   

The Youth Learning Institute provides a shuttle. This service is ONLY available from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and between 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday. If these hours do not meet your schedule, you will need to make other arrangements. We meet you in baggage claim bearing a Road Scholar sign. Contact the coordinator 2 weeks in advance of your arrival with your arrival time and airlines. Payment is made on Monday morning. Checks and credit cards accepted. NO Cash.

 
Driving Directions
  Greenville, SC Take Highway 124 towards Clemson University; take the 178 exit (Highway 178) and proceed until the Pickens County Courthouse; At the traffic light, turn left onto Highway 183. The road will reduce to 2 lanes at the Mobil Gas station. Turn right immediately after the Mobil Gas Station onto Shady Grove Road. Turn left onto Concord Church Road. The Youth Learning Institute will be on your left.
Equipment Requirements: Multi-speed Jamis Mountain bikes with slick tires will be provided. Bikes are equip with racks and panniers, water bottles, helmets and riding gloves. Participants may want to bring riding clothing. You are welcome to bring ANSI approved bike helmet.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome/Introductions and overview of routes and description of venues
(Sunday, April 27)

Note: Lecture and fitting of equipment



   
 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 6:00 p.m. A good old southern meal will provide an introduction to southern cuisine.
 Evening: This evening will be an introduction of the leader, an overview of the routes for the week and fitting of equipment.
   
Accommodations: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction of leaders/guides and lecture on basic cycling knowledge; overview of the day; ride options up to a 30-mile bike ride
(Monday, April 28)

Note: After an introduction to the route, participants will begin a 30 mile ride that will begin and end at the Education Center. Participants will have optional distances if they do not want to complete the entire 30 miles.



   
 Breakfast: A delicious hot breakfast will be served in the Education Center's dining facility.
 Morning: Fitting of equipment and instruction on equipment, basic bicycle knowledge, cycling techniques and skills, gear, and bicycle safety will be covered in the morning session.
 Lunch: An energizing bag lunch will be provided and enjoyed along the route.
 Afternoon: After Lunch participants will leave the Education Center on a ride into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area was once home to local mills and mountain communities that make up the charm of the upstate region.
 Dinner: A fantastic meal awaits you at the Youth Learning Institute Education Center's dining facility.
 Evening: Lecture - Introduction to region. Overview of routes including terrain, grade, elevation, typography, miles per hour, total road distance, sites along the way, sag support and handling of emergencies.
   
Accommodations: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ride in bus to Campbell's Covered Bridge to start bike ride; Ride will end at Pleasant Ridge County Park; Participants will be transported back to Education Center Cycling options include up to a 35 mile ride
(Tuesday, April 29)

Note: Cyclists and bikes will be transported to Campbell's Covered Bridge for Lunch. After lunch, they will ride to Pleasant Ridge County Park. Transportation back to the Education Center will be provided.



   
 Breakfast: A "Rise and Shine" Breakfast awaits you at the Education Center's dining facility.
 Morning: After instruction on biking fitness, you will ride by vans to Campbell's Covered Bridge for Lunch. This will be the starting point of your up to 35 mile bike ride. Campbell's covered bridge was built in 1809 and is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina. The route will also pass by Poinsett Bridge, which was built in 1820. It is the oldest stone bridge in South Carolina.
 Lunch: A delectable bag lunch will be enjoyed while visiting Campbell’s Covered Bridge.
 Afternoon: The bike ride will end at Pleasant Ridge County Park. This 240 acre park is the Recreation District's jewel in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was developed in the 1940's to promote tourism in the upstate. The park was originally establish for the African American community while neighboring Paris Mountain State Park was built for the white community. During the 1960's both parks became integrated and in 1985 the state decided that other parks were capturing the most of the tourism traffic and offered Pleasant Ridge to the Greenville County Recreation District. The park has since been a favorite get-away for local residents. The park features rental cabins, picnic shelter, a campground and a four acre fishing lake. It also features small waterfalls, an old moonshine still site and the remains of a gristmill.
 Dinner: A southern dinner will be served at the Education Center's dining facility.
 Evening: Presentation by representative from SC Department of Natural Resources who is a conservation educator, recreation specialist and field editor for the South Carolina Wildlife magazine. He is also editor of the Jocassee Journal.
   
Accommodations: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: In the morning, an 30 mile bike ride will be led by the guide; The afternoon will be filled with rest and relaxation. Cookout at Hagood Grist Mill. Local musicians in the music studio at the Education Center.
(Wednesday, April 30)

Note: Cyclist and bikes will be transported to a National Park where Upper White Water Falls are located. They will cycle to Keowee Toxaway State Park. Transport back to the Education Center will be available. Others wish may elect to participate in the optional bike ride back to the Education Center.



   
 Breakfast: The day will start with a hot breakfast served at the Education Center's dining facility.
 Morning: A bus and bike trailer will be provided to take you to the National Park where Upper White Water Falls are located. The 20 mile bike trip will begin. Cyclists will cross over Lake Keowee - 18,500 acres of water and 300 miles of shoreline make this area a popular place for boating, fishing, water skiing, camping and picnicking. The trip will end at Keowee Toxaway State Park. Participants will enjoy a bag lunch at Keowee Toxaway State Park.
 Lunch: Participants will enjoy lunch and fellowship at Keowee Toxaway State park prior to being transported back to the Education Center.
 Afternoon: Take this time to rest and relax OR explore the local area on your own. An optional cycling route will be provided for those who are interested. The group will gather back at lunch in the dinning room.
 Dinner: The group will gather back at dinner and a cookout will be held at Hagood Mill.
 Evening: Entertainment will be provided by a local musician who plays a wide variety of instruments and has a charming way to make you smile.
   
Accommodations: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bicycle trip - from Walhalla to Oconne Station up to 33 miles; evening presentation on history of the Rail Road.
(Thursday, May 1)

Note: Participants and bikes will be transported to the German town of Walhalla. After lunch, the cyclists will have ride options of up to 30 miles, ending at Station Cove Falls and Oconee Station State Historic Site, one of the only remaining military posts from the 1790’s. Participants can get on transport back to the Education Center.



   
 Breakfast: A hot southern breakfast will be served at the Education Center's dining facility.
 Morning: After breakfast you will travel by vans to Stumphouse Tunnel where you will have time to enjoy the rich history of Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaquenna Falls. The surrounding land carries with it stories of dreams, failure, hardships and opportunities. The dream was to develop a rail line from Charleston, SC to Cincinnati, Ohio. The Blue Ridge Rail Line was completed from Charleston to Pendleton by the 1850's but the granite on Stumphouse Mountain presented a major challenge. The tunnel was never completed and the project was abandoned when the nation was divided during the Civil War.
 Lunch: A scrumptious bag lunch will be provided at Sertoma Field in Walhalla during the bike tour.
 Afternoon: The journey will begin at Sertoma Field in Walhalla, SC, which was founded in 1850 by a German colonization society and is now home to Oktoberfest. Main street features a row of antique and speciality shops, down home dining and historic buildings. From there you will have optional rides up to 30 miles and the cycling day will visit Oconee Station (circa 1792). This was one in a series of blockhouses along the South Carolina frontier and was garrisoned with troops until 1799. The adjacent Richards House was the site of a prosperous Indian trading post until 1809. The day will end at Keowee Town Landing, the former Keowee River, which was inundated by Lake Keowee, had been part of the Cherokee Lower Towns region, and Keowee Town had been located on the bank of the Keowee River. Before European settlement in North America, the Native American nation of the Cherokee lived in the area and had a settlement called Keowee town along what they called the Keowee River. It was capital of the Eastern or Lower Cherokees. In 1753, white settlers built Fort Prince George across the river from Keowee Town.
 Dinner: A fulfilling dinner will be provided at the Education Center's dining facility.
 Evening: After learning about Stumphouse Tunnel that morning, a lecture will be presented on the history of the railroad and how it helped to change the face of the local landscape and lifestyle.
   
Accommodations: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap up the week with a 15 mile bike ride from Education Center to the town of Central. Enjoy a relaxing lunch before departing our program.
(Friday, May 2)

Note: The ride will begin at the Education Center and finish in the town of Central…they will then be transported to the SC Botanical Garden. Those not wanting to ride will be transported to the SC Botanical Garden located on Clemson University Campus. Lunch will be at the Education Center.



   
 Breakfast: An outstanding breakfast will be served at the Education Center's dining facility.
 Morning: Participants who what to ride will begin a 15 mile ride in the town of Central, SC.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at the Education Center's dining facility prior to the closing ceremony.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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