A hot breakfast will be served for you at the Education Center's dining facility.
This morning we'll travel by van to Caesars Head State Park and DuPont State Park. It is approx. a 40 minute drive to Caesars Head 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. After we enjoy Caesars Head State Park and their amazing gift store we will load up the Turtle Top van and drive to DuPont State Park and hike. 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.
A bag lunch will be enjoyed while hiking and viewing the falls. We will eat our lunch at Hooker Falls.
After lunch we will load up the Turtle Top and head to Twin Falls. The trip to the falls is approx. 50 minutes. Twin Falls is an easy .25 mile hike in and another .25 hike out. After the hike we will load up the Turtle Top and return to the Center. It is approx. a 25 minute drive back to the center.
Dinner will be provided at the Youth Learning Center.
Lake Joccassee Presentation.