14025
Pickens
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.
Program No. 14025RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Pickens, SC
D
Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

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.

DAY
2
Hike Yellow Branch Falls,Stump House Tunnel Issaqueena Falls
Pickens, SC
B,L,D
Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

Breakfast: A hot breakfast will be served in the Education Center's dining facility at 8:00AM. There will be a lunch bar set up for a bag lunch.

Morning: 9:00AM departure from the Youth Learning Institute. We will board our Turtle Top charter bus. We will travel to Yellow Branch Falls from the Institute, it is a 32 mile drive, approx. 47 minute ride. We will hike Yellow Branch Falls, it is a 1.7 mile hike in and a 3.4 mile round trip hike. Once we return from the hike we will enjoy our bag lunch under one of the pavilions.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the end of Yellow Branch Falls

Afternoon: After lunch we will travel to Stump House Tunnel. It is a 5 minute ride to Stump House. Stump House Tunnel is a 1,600 foot long dark tunnel that is cold and wet. Please bring water shoes. After the tunnel we will head down to Issaqueena Falls. It is a 5 minute walk to the Falls. While at the falls entrance we will walk to the overlook to look out at the waterfalls. After Issaqueena we will board the Turtle Top bus and head back to YLI. It is a 47 minute ride back to the Youth Learning Institute.

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

Evening: Presentation on The Dark Corner by the Squire, Dean Cambell.

DAY
3
Upper & Lower Whitewater Falls, Lake Jocassee Presentation
Pickens, SC
B,L,D
Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

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 4.2 miles with moderate hills as well as rocky parts. We will enjoy our lunch on the observation deck viewing the falls.

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

Evening: Brooks and Kay will give us a presentation on Lake Jocassee.

DAY
4
Lake Jocassee, Station Cove Falls, BBQ at Clemson Gardens
Pickens, SC
B,L,D
Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

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. It will be a 3.5 hour long boat ride.

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

Afternoon: After lunch we will board the bus and head over to Station Cove Falls. It is a 45 minute bus ride to the trail head of Station Cove Falls. Station Cove is a 1.8 mile hike round trip. After the hike we will load the bus and drive back to the Youth Learning Institute. It is a 35 minute bus ride back to the institute. Once there, participants will be able to rest and change for the trip to Clemson University and the Botanical Gardens. There we will bring BBQ and enjoy a picnic dinner. After dinner, participants will enjoy a nice stroll through the gardens, taking pictures and enjoying the sites.

Dinner: Dinner will be a BBQ style picnic at the Clemson Botanical Gardens

DAY
5
Caesars Head State Park, DuPont State Park, Twin Falls
Pickens, SC
B,L,D
Youth Learning Institute Education Center, Pickens, SC

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

Morning: This 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 an 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 Hooker falls.

Afternoon: After lunch we will board the bus and head to Twin Falls. It is an hour bus ride to twin falls. There we will hike .5 miles in to the falls. There we will look at the falls from an observation deck. After the hike we will load up on the bus and head back to YLI. It is a 24 minute ride back to headquarters.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the YLI headquarters.

Evening: Closing Ceremonies, Free Time.

DAY
6
Falls Park on the Reedy, Downtown Greenville
Pickens, SC
B

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

Morning: Participants will have the opportunity to ride our mini-bus to Downtown Greenville. If the participants choose not to ride the bus, they can drive their personal vehicle. There we will park and walk to the Falls Park entrance. We will enjoy the Falls and the river that goes right through the heart of Downtown Greenville. A bag lunch is available but participants are also able to make reservations at the many restaurants in Greenville. Participants from Falls Park will be able to depart from Greenville with the conclusion of the program.