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Table Rock State Park, South Carolina.
Every season offers great views. At the
lower edge of the 2,000-foot Blue Ridge
escarpment there are two ways to approach this geological eye candy: by
land or by lake (via boat tour).
Table Rock State Park, Pickens
Breathe in, breathe out. Slowly. All it
takes is a few minutes at Table Rock to
Caesars Head State Park, Cleveland
No one is certain just how high the
falls are in this outstanding state park,
but they range up past 400 feet! The cliffside viewscape here is pure magic, and
altogether the vertical climb at the Blue
Ridge escarpment approaches an abrupt
2,000 feet. The updrafts help nurture
wildlife and wildflowers: large birds of
prey and delicate pastel blooms.
experience a wonderful sense of calm.
After all, this rock face will outlast us
all. While South Carolina is often cited
for its soft beaches and gentle piedmont
terrain, here at the edge of the state-
and the edge of the Blue Ridge escarpment-the land shows its hard side.
And it's awesome.
Bald Rock Heritage Preserve,
Big and bawdy, this outcropping of
sheer rock makes the perfect backdrop
for all kinds of fun. On the serious side,
this stone dome is a great place to view
the state's iconic Table Rock formation.
The preserve itself is relatively small, at
165 acres, but because it joins up with
other wilderness areas in the high country it feels remote.
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