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Welcome to the Blue Wall Weekly, your source for what's going on outside along the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Feel free to share your own photos, videos, and adventures along the Blue Wall by sending them to the email address at the bottom of the page, and we'll do our best to make you (locally) famous!
Let the wind knot your hair and the sun blush your skin. Skin your knee on a rock older than Adam as you climb to a height just beyond your comfort zone, and take a wild leap into deep, dark water. Mid-lake, make the acquaintance of a carpenter bee, a gentle, curious insect whose buzzing holds no harm. Take off your shoes; feel the earth beneath your feet; be grounded. Feel the tickle of a millipede exploring your fingers. Marvel over the exquisite beauty (and irony) of butterflies. Sit beneath a waterfall and let cold mountain water massage your shoulders, washing away any remaining tension. Join us for a memory-making day with Jocassee Wild Child Outdoor Adventures, or Jocassee Adventure Camp for families, and let loose your inner Wild Child. ~K
Originally a military compound and later a trading post, this Historic Site offers both recreational opportunities and a unique look at 18th and 19th century South Carolina. Oconee Station, a stone blockhouse used as an outpost by the S.C. State Militia from about 1792 to 1799, and the William Richards House, are the only two structures that remain today.
This is a one or two night option meaning you can come in on Friday or Saturday and leave when you want. The Toxaway campsite is a fan favorite. Not only is it on beautiful Lake Jocassee, it's located where the Toxaway Creek and Toxaway River converge into the lake. There is a 226' suspension bridge crossing the river which in itself is something to behold.
Come join Dr. McMillan on this all-day field trip and travel along scenic roads to the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains. He will share his vast knowledge of the abundant flora you’ll see along the way.
Join us at the beautiful Oconee State Park for a weekend of mushroom ID; mushroom cultivation, foraging, and mushroom tastings.
SC Botanical Garden Events
Classes Cancelled Until Further Notice.
Did you know bats are beneficial? They eat thousands and thousands of mosquitoes for us, some are pollinators and others eat thousands of dollars’ worth of agricultural pests. Spend an evening outside watching bats and enjoy this activity sheet:
SUNSET TOURS. That’s when I return to the place of grace, where the sacred resides. Of course it’s always there at Jocassee, as it is in all wild places, but in the summer it can be a bit hard to find . Too many boats, so many people, all of them enjoying the thrill of a summer day at Jocassee, so much so that the sacred can lay disguised. It’s the evening when it can be found, cloaked in a blanket of silence. When the boats go by you, heading to the dock. When the angle of the light creates such magic shadows and becomes softer to the eye than when the summer sun is overhead. When the temperature in front of the wild rivers and waterfalls drops for a cool reprieve. That’s when you’ll find it. It’s the place to be in these challenging, confusing times.
TUESDAY KAYAK TOURS. Speaking of so many boats and people, if you want to paddle the wilds of Jocassee without undo boat traffic, think Tuesday. That’s the day. ~B
The Chuck-will's-widow (a bird often confused with a Whip-poor-will) hunts actively by flying low over the ground in search of insects. Occasionally, small birds and bats are included in its diet.
ABOUT THE BLUE WALL
Spanning three states (North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) and encompassing 859,000 acres, the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment, known as the 'Blue Wall' by Native Americans, contains some of the highest natural diversity of rare plants and animals found anywhere in the world.
Jocassee Lake Tours Depart from the Main Dock at Devils Fork State Park
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