Outdoor

Marie McAden

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Explore Upstate and its waterfalls on guided tour

Posted 1/19/2014 6:26:00 PM

If you’ve only got a day or two to visit the Upstate, wouldn’t it be cool to have a local resident take you on your own personal tour of the highlights? Photographer and Greenville native Susan Gray offers just such a service.

Carolinas Waterfall and Scenic Tours is designed to suit your schedule and hiking abilities. Don’t want an arduous trek? No problem. She’ll take you to easy-to-get to waterfalls with virtually no sweat factor. Many are even handicap-accessible.

And transportation is provided so you won’t have to navigate the twisty mountain roads. You’ll ride with Gray in a comfortable seven-passenger van. On your way to the waterfalls, she’ll tell you about the local lore and point out notable landmarks.

An avid hiker, Gray has been exploring the foothills and mountains of South Carolina all her life. She began offering tours in 2009.

“I take people to places only locals know about,” she said. “The Upstate is full of waterfalls that aren’t in brochures.”

Cost for a group of two to four adults runs from $60 per person for a five-to-six-hour tour to $100 per person for a full day. Children are half price. Prices for larger groups start at $45 per person.

A typical half-day tour will include a drive along the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway, visits to two scenic areas—Sassafras Mountain and Caesars Head State Park —and eight waterfall stops.

You can either bring your own bag lunch or have it catered by Gray. If you prefer to try the local fare, she’ll take you to one of the area’s neat little eateries.

To learn more about Carolinas Waterfall and Scenic Tours, click here or call (864) 201-8395.