Elevate your South Carolina vacation with a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills of the beautiful Upstate. These lush landscapes are the perfect setting to take a wide variety of outdoor adventures to a higher level. Here you can find Table Rock, Caesars Head and Oconee state parks, some of South Carolina's most popular spots for hiking. With so many trails to explore in the mountainous terrain, it's easy to plan a family-friendly hike to the summit of Sassafras Mountain-the highest point in the Palmetto State-or a more challenging trek to discover one of the state's spectacular waterfalls.
In-between those breathtaking views are a collection of towns with unique stories to tell. Anderson, for example, hosts an annual hot air balloon festival, attracting families from all over the country. The Chattooga River, found at the border of South Carolina and Georgia, is one of the premier whitewater rafting destinations in the Southeast. And then there's Lake Jocassee at Devils Fork State Park, a crystal-clear mountain reservoir with excellent year-round fishing and more than 75 miles of shoreline. From family-friendly trails to sweeping clifftop views, the Upstate is the perfect place to get away.