Friday Evening - Carbing Up for Adventure:
The night before I head out on an adventurous journey, I like to carb up on some fabulous Italian food! Bocca Pure Italian on Poinsett Highway is one of the best-kept secrets in Greenville, offering signature Italian entrees in a warm, locally owned environment. Put your culinary creativity to work with their three-step, create-your-own Personalized Pasta menu-it's flavorful fun! Insider's Tip: Be sure to call ahead...this restaurant's reputation for great food and friendly service keeps them busy!
Saturday Morning - Hiking to a Waterfall Wonder:Pack a lunch (and your kayak for Sunday's upcoming adventure), hop in the car, and head towards Travelers Rest, SC. Stop in at the Café at Williams Hardware for a quick breakfast and cup of Leopard Forest Coffee (a celebrated coffee roasting company also located in Travelers Rest). From the deck, you can watch passing bicyclists and runners on the Swamp Rabbit Trail as you enjoy your meal.
Hop back in the car and continue on towards Caesars Head State Park and its thousands of acres of pristine southern mountain forest, where you can hike the two-mile trail that leads to Raven Cliff Falls. Once you reach the falls, stand on the suspension bridge and be in awe of the 420 feet of water crashing down into the mountain cove below...it's breathtaking! Insider's Tip: Raven Cliff Falls, one of the most popular waterfalls in South Carolina, was named for the over 150 different species of ravens that breed in the cliffs of the falls.
Saturday Afternoon and Evening - Enjoying a Lakeside Respite:After your hiking adventure, enjoy more fabulous views as you drive along the beautiful Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway 11 and make a stop at Victoria Valley Vineyards for a wine tasting (no reservation necessary) and to pick up a bottle for later that evening. Continue on towards Keowee-Toxaway State Park where you can stay in a cozy rustic cabin overlooking Lake Keowee...complete with your own private boat dock! Insider's Tip: Reservations are required for lodging at the lake or for one of the park's paved campsites. Check out the park's website for more information.
With day one of your outdoor adventure complete, spend a quiet evening relaxing with a glass of wine from the bottle you purchased earlier at Victoria Valley Vineyards, and enjoy lakeside living from the comfort of your cabin's porch overlooking the water!
Sunday Morning - Hitting the Water for More Adventure:Wake up early, grab your kayak, and spend the morning fishing on the Lake Keowee. Continue your adventure throughout the day as you paddle on and explore the many beautiful features of the lake, including its many picturesque waterfalls and coves.
THAT Something Extra:
Fantastic Fall Foliage
Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway 11 is a beautiful drive any time of the year, but it's also one of THE best places in South Carolina to view gorgeous colors as the leaves start changing in the fall!
River Rafting Adventure
Who's ready for some more outdoor fun? Greenville's proximity to mountain rivers, like the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River and the Green River, makes it a great place to experience a Whitewater Rafting adventure!