Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

The South Carolina State Parks Family is Growing!

Exciting developments are underway for nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers in South Carolina as the South Carolina State Parks family expands! In a state renowned for its natural splendor and diverse landscapes, the introduction of new state parks is a reason for jubilation. Let’s delve into these fresh additions and what they offer to visitors…. Read more »

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park in Georgia is not only known for its breathtaking canyon views but also for its extensive trail system and stunning waterfalls. This two-mile-long canyon, nearly 1,000 feet deep, offers an array of experiences for individuals and families alike, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking adventure, natural splendor, and outdoor… Read more »

Waterfalls of the Upstate: Bull Sluice Falls & King Creek Falls

The following is courtesy of “Seasons” publication by The Sentinel-Progress.   Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, or just looking for a pretty spot to spend an afternoon, Upstate South Carolina has some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country.  Located mainly in Pickens and Oconee Counties, these waterfalls are sure to impress.  Don’t forget… Read more »

Sunrise Farm Bed & Breakfast!

Our team of Upstate real estate agents love to take in all of what our local areas have to offer. From Lake Keowee and other nearby lakes, to Western North Carolina mountain towns and escapes. We love to share our favorite hot spots, events, and getaways. Down the road in our own town of Salem,… Read more »

Chimney Rock State Park

There is so much to see and do in the mountains of Western North Carolina, from hiking and camping, to exploring a quaint picturesque town.  One of our favorite ways to experience the western NC mountains is visiting Chimney Rock State Park!  Just 25 miles from Asheville, North Carolina, this state park highlights the monolith… Read more »

Chattooga Trails Bed and Barn

We’re exploring amazing retreats and inns across Upstate SC and Western NC, bringing you our favorite small getaways and this week, we have a perfect spot for equestrians – the Chattooga Trails Bed & Barn. Yes! Bed AND Barn! Bring the kids, dogs, and/or horses! Chattooga Trail Bed and Barn is located in the Sumter… Read more »

SC State Parks to Reopen May 1st!

Good News for this weekend!  The South Carolina State Parks are set to reopen on Friday, May 1st.  Please understand that there are some limitations to the reopening. Picnic shelters, visitor centers, and community buildings will still be closed.  Each park will also lower the capacity.  Once the park reaches its threshold, the gates will… Read more »

Ready for the Sunshine?

Spring is here and like most people, you are ready to shed the heavy winter layers and enjoy some sunshine! The Lake Keowee area is a perfect spot to soak up some rays. Go for a walk and enjoy the mountain vistas or work a while in your garden. Regardless of what you do in… Read more »

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