Exploring the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway
It’s not too late to experience some beautiful fall foliage. Consider a drive along the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway in South Carolina. This 110 mile route travels through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to the beautiful colors, visitors enjoy a great deal of history and outdoor adventure along the way.
Start at Cowpens National Battlefield which includes a park with two mile nature trail and a three mile auto loop to really get you immersed in the fall color and the history of the area. Further down the road, consider stopping in at the Bantam Chef Chesnee, a unique 50s style diner. Wind your way through peach orchards and strawberry fields taking time to enjoy the roadside stands with the fruits of the season including apples, squash and tomatoes. As you head further west you’ll find the colors become even more vibrant.
If you’re interested in the visiting any of South Carolina’s state parks you’ll find many along or near Highway 11. The campground at Table Rock State Park makes a great base for exploring the area. While in the area, be sure to check out Campbell’s Covered Bridge Historic Park, home to the only remaining covered bridge in the state, dating back to 1909.
Another must see sight is the Wildcat Branch Falls, but the most dramatic of the falls in the area is Raven Cliff Falls. Take the easy two mile hike to get to the viewing platform.
You might even consider seeing some of the sites from the water. Various outfitters offer trips via pontoon, canoes or kayaks. With so much to see and do along the scenic highway, RVers will find that they can be as busy, or as relaxed as they like.
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