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Land of the Waterfalls

Land of the Waterfalls | Lake Keowee, SC

Lake Keowee - Falls

Photo credit: Triple Falls | Photo courtesy The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Visit the Blue Wall

Upstate South Carolina is graced with more than 50 waterfalls – a magical backdrop for outdoor memory-making. The term “Blue Wall” was coined by the Cherokee tribe, but today, it’s more often known as the Blue Ridge Escarpment, an area where the rolling hills of the Piedmont abruptly give way to the nearly 4,000-foot Appalachian Mountains.

Spanning 859,000 acres across three states, this land contains the highest concentration of waterfalls in the eastern United States.

The Reserve at Lake Keowee community is dramatically located here along the Blue Ridge with 30 miles of shoreline on what's known as the purest lake in North America. It’s also near many breathtaking falls in the Carolinas and Georgia that lure residents to the outdoors year round.

For this Carolina Adventure we suggest three very special waterfall destinations.

Tallulah Falls. Within Georgia’s Tallulah Gorge State Park, the falls are actually six falls, running for one mile and dropping a total of 500 feet through Tallulah Gorge. The gorge is lined with hiking trails and magnificent water views. Sliding Rock swimming hole offers a cool respite and there is a suspension bridge above Hurricane Falls. The Tallulah Gorge State Park features 50+ campsites, picnic shelters, a 63-acre lake, bike trails, fishing, archery, tennis courts, and a paved trail that follows an old railroad bed – perfect for young children. (41 minutes from the Reserve)

Raven Cliff Falls. At the edge of South Carolina in Caesars Head State Park, Raven Falls drops 420 feet and is accessible from a two-mile trail. One of the most scenic and frequently-photographed waterfalls in the state, there is a steel and wood suspension bridge that overlooks the first drop of the falls. Caesars Head State Park features 12 hiking trails, trout fishing, 24 primitive camp sites and five waterfalls. (34 minutes from The Reserve)

Triple Falls. This must-see area is found within Dupont State Recreational Forest in Pisgah Forest, NC. Composed of three falls that zig-zag before cascading into a swimming hole at the bottom, this amazing beauty was featured in the movies Last of the Mohicans and The Hunger Games.

The Forest is home to eight magnificent falls, accessible to hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, fishermen and hunters. (45 minutes from The Reserve).

WOW Factor: Beauty you can walk by, photograph, swim in and picnic beside. People move to this area just to be able to enjoy these views and trails.

Hint: Before you go, read the Blue Wall: Wilderness of the Carolinas by Thomas Wyche, available on

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