If you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend a long weekend, South Carolina’s mountain country might be calling you. Located in the northwestern part of the state, the Blue Ridge Mountains dominate this part of South Carolina. As a result, the topography of Upstate South Carolina is full of rolling hills, lakes and unbeatable panoramic views.
Whether this is your first time visiting South Carolina’s mountain country or you have been Upstate dozens of times, there’s much to experience in this region. However, three days gives you just enough time to see some of the area’s best sites.
With 72 hours at your disposal, it’s important that you know how to maximize your time in this region. The following sections provide you with an itinerary for how you can spend three exciting days in South Carolina’s mountain country.
Your first day in Upstate South Carolina is all about helping you get your bearings while making sure you can see some of the region’s best highlights. If you’ll be arriving to the area on this day, adjust the itinerary based on your schedule.
Morning: Start Your Day With a Pick-Me-Up in Greenville
Greenville is a cute mountain town that may not be on the typical visitor’s travel itinerary. However, visiting Upstate is a good excuse to come and experience the beauty and laid-back nature of this city. Greenville also makes a good home base for exploring Upstate South Carolina, so consider looking for hotels here if you want to explore the region with ease.
One of the best ways to experience this fast-growing city is to take advantage of its local coffee scene. Jumpstart your morning by visiting any of Greenville’s artisanal coffee houses. Some places with the quirkiest vibes include:
- Coffee Underground, a locale that’s situated below street level.
- The Village Grind, which features an industrial atmosphere.
- Methodical Coffee, where you can experience a cocktail bar ambience while you enjoy your coffee.
Afternoon: Take in the Views at Caesars Head State Park
Once you finish up in Greenville, start your journey northwest to Caesars Head State Park. This nature preserve is located along the state’s border with North Carolina, and it offers some of the area’s best views of the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
If the weather’s good and you’re up for a workout, feel free to set out on any of the park’s hiking trails. One of the most popular ones you can take is the trail that leads you to Raven Cliff Falls, a waterfall that reaches 420 feet in height.
There’s so much to see at Caesars Head, you shouldn’t have any trouble spending an afternoon touring the sites. When you’re at this park, you can also:
- See five other waterfalls.
- Hike over 60 miles of trail.
- Watch hawks migrate, depending on the season.
If you have pets, they are welcome to join you on your trip to Caesars Head. There are certain leash laws you need to follow, but otherwise your furry friends are welcome to join you on your trip.
Evening: Pitch a Tent and Camp by the Trails
To make the most of your time in Upstate South Carolina and avoid doubling back, consider camping at Caesars Head. You can easily travel from this state park to other nature destinations in the region. However, if you’re not a camping enthusiast, you can always head back to Greenville and then come back to the area the following morning.
Your second day in South Carolina’s mountain country is all about enjoying nature. Pack up your tent and get ready for a day of adventure.
Morning/Afternoon: Head Over to Jones Gap State Park for Some Fishing and Hiking
Jones Gap State Park attracts nature fanatics from around the country. That’s because this park is full of fishing and hiking opportunities that are sure to delight even the most seasoned nature enthusiasts. This park is connected to Caesars Head State Park by the Jones Gap State Park trails. You can easily go from one to the other in no time at all.
One of the main reasons visitors are drawn to Jones Gap is because of its reputation as an excellent spot for trout fishing. If fishing isn’t your idea of a great time, you can visit the park’s hatchery and trout pond instead.
Evening: Head Back to Greenville
You’ll be spending your final day in Greenville, so head back there after you finish up at Jones Gap. Once you’re in the city, treat yourself to a nice dinner at one of the local restaurants. Different types of cuisine you can find in the area include:
Morning: Head Straight to Falls Park on the Reedy
Located in Greenville, Falls Park on the Reedy is a great stop on your Blue Ridge Mountain vacation. This park is situated in downtown Greenville, but if you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were in the center of a nature preserve. Right in the center of this park is the Reedy River Falls, a waterfall that looks like it belongs anywhere besides in the middle of downtown Greenville.
If you’re looking to get a unique view of the falls, take a walk over Liberty Bridge. This bridge curves in a way that it frames the waterfall near it.
Afternoon: Hit Greenville’s Local Shops for Souvenirs
If you’re on the hunt for unique gifts, Greenville’s boutique shops have got you covered. This city is full of oddities that will make the perfect memento of your trip to South Carolina’s mountain country. Downtown Greenville is full of independent stores where you can purchase handmade or specialty items. If you’re looking for any of the following, it’s available in Greenville:
- Organization items
- Baby products