Portions of this article are excerpted from AAA Living Magazine, Sept. 2022, page 8.
Do & See
Enjoy the drive
In northwest South Carolina, the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway is a slower-paced alternative to I-85. The western portion of the byway runs through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and SR 11 goes by several state parks, including Lake Hartwell SP, Devils Fork SP, Keowee-Toxaway SP, Table Rock SP, and Caesars Head SP. This route was once a key Keowee trading path traversed by Cherokee travelers and fur traders. It is a stunningly beautiful drive in the fall.
Scope out Wildcat Wayside near Cleveland, SC. This hiking area features three waterfalls, with a swimming hole at the bottom of the lower falls.
Hiking at Table Rock State Park
Ambitious hikers can spend a whole day trekking at Table Rock SP, with more than 12 miles of trails to explore, ranging from breezy lakeside strolls to intense mountain ascents. Conquer the park’s signature hike, a path that meanders through a border-strewn forest to a 2,000-foot elevation at the granite-domed summit.
Table Rock rangers will be leading a sunrise hike to the summit of Table Rock Mountain on October 8. They will leave from the base at 3:30 a.m., hike to the summit for sunrise, and return to the base by 11 a.m. The cost to participate is $25. To register, go to https://southcarolinaparks.com/products/10004209.
Daddy Joe’s Beach House BBQ & Grill
This Gaffney mainstay makes a slamming chopped pork sandwich topped with slaw.
The Spotted Pig BBQ
Hankering for tender brisket or ribs cooked low and slow? This Fair Play roadside institution hits the spot.
Aunt Sue’s Country Corner
This Pickens restaurant has down-home country cooking plus an ice cream parlor. On Friday evenings, the restaurant serves a seafood buffet and puts on a bluegrass concert on its outside stage beginning at 6 p.m.
Written by Amy Kovach, Girl Camper Guide, South Carolina