South Carolina

Hiking to the Waterfalls of the Carolinas

Hike an ancient Cherokee trail and discover the awe-inspiring beauty of the Carolinas’ many waterfalls, where you’ll learn about the region’s flora, fauna and hike over 12 waterfalls.
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Program No. 14025RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Lace up your hiking shoes and experience the scenic surprises of mountain streams and the cascading waterfalls of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Daily hikes of easy to moderate difficulty will lead you to more than 12 waterfalls. Besides enjoying the crisp air and grand scenery, learn about the ecology and culture of upstate South Carolina.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking 3-5 miles daily with elevation gain of 1,000 feet. Elevations up to 3,300 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike to Upper Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Rockies.
  • At Caesars Head State Park, hike to a granite outcropping atop the dramatic Blue Ridge escarpment for breathtaking views.
  • Explore the Stumphouse Tunnel, the most visited historical site in South Carolina and Issaquenna Falls in Walhalla Park.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
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Nicholas Brookins
Nicholas Brookins is both the Group Leader and local expert when out in the Carolinas. Originally from Virginia, he moved to South Carolina shortly after graduating college in 2013. Nicholas has been sharing the beauty of South Carolina with Road Scholars since early 2016 and can’t wait to share his love and all that the state has to offer with you.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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