Outdoor

Marie McAden

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Devils Fork deal includes guided tour to four waterfalls

Posted 9/24/2013 9:47:00 AM

I’ve got a great vacation package for those of you looking for a last-minute getaway. This sweet deal includes two nights in a Devils Fork State Park lakeside villa and a ranger-guided tour of four gorgeous waterfalls. 

The Late Summer Waterfall Excursion is being offered Sept. 30-Oct. 2, so you’ll need to hustle to reserve one of the 10 available spots. The cost is just $150 for single occupancy or $100 per person for double occupancy.

Here’s the itinerary:

You check into your villa anytime after 4 p.m. Sept. 30. The following morning at 8:30, you’ll hop aboard a van for the all-day waterfall tour led by park ranger Jeff Atkins.

First stop is Spoonauger Falls. It’s an easy one-mile round-trip hike to this 50-foot cascade. Set back in a lush green hillside, the water runs down a stepped rock face spilling onto a flat area of rock.

Next up is Kings Creek Falls. It’ll take you just a little longer to get to these falls. For the extra effort, you get bigger falls. The water drops 70 feet into a U-shaped cove surrounded by laurel. You can get close enough to wade at the bottom of the cascade or, if you prefer, just sit on a log and enjoy the view.

From there it’s on to Isaqueena Falls. You can stroll down to the platform overlooking the 100-foot cascade in less than 10 minutes. While you’re in the area, you’ll also stop to look at the Stumphouse Tunnel, a railroad passage that was never completed.

Back in the van, your tour will continue to the historic town of Walhalla. Participants will have the chance to have lunch in one of the downtown restaurants, including the Steakhouse Cafeteria, famous for its fried chicken. Or choose one of the other eateries in this small Upstate community. Lunch is on your own.

The final destination is Station Cove Falls. The three-quarter mile trail to the 60-foot falls passes through a beautiful Appalachian cove forest. The constant spray from the cascades tumbling over rocks has created a habitat for a variety of species, including ferns, mosses, liverworts, salamanders, crayfish and aquatic insects.

Then it’s back to Devils Fork State Park for another evening by Lake Jocassee. Check-out time the next morning is 10 a.m.

If you stay a third night, it’s just an additional $60 plus taxes and fees. A fourth night is $30.

To make your reservation, call Devils Fork State Park at (864) 944-2639 or email devilsfork@scprt.com.