The only Naturalist-Led Tours of Lake Jocassee
and the Jocassee Gorges. The Difference is Knowledge, Love of Place, Passion.
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.
Exploring the Blue Wall
So you’ve spent a great day on Lake Jocassee. No doubt your breath has been taken away! Now you're ready to see more of what our spectacular mountain/lakes area has to offer. After all, you are at the entrance to Jocassee Gorges, which National Geographic declared a ‘Destination of a Lifetime’. Let us be your guides to this area of wonder and wild beauty. We’ll show you why National Geographic thinks our area is so extraordinary.
Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway Tour
Let's visit Wildcat Falls, a lovely set of 3 cascading waterfalls right beside the highway, and then wind up Persimmon Ridge Road to the overlook at Caesar’s Head State Park to see one of the most beautiful views to be had along the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Coming down from Caesars Head, we'll stop at the Bald Rock Heritage Preserve to enjoy another spectacular view from the mountains. Both Caesar’s Head and Bald Rock are within the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, a spectacular 11,000 acres of protected southern mountain forest. Then off to Pretty Place... you have to see it to believe the serene beauty of this open-air chapel. By now this scenic wonder has probably whet our appetites, so we can stop for lunch at one of our favorite local lunch spots. Rested and ready, we’ll complete our tour by visiting Twin Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls anywhere, and the wild and (sometimes) roaring Long Shoals. It’s a full day of wonder.
Jocassee Gorges Hiking Tour
Hang on for a back-country ride along Horsepasture Road, deep within the Jocassee Gorges, where we’ll take a moderate (5 mile round trip) hike down into the breathtaking Eastatoee Narrows in the Eastatoee Heritage Preserve. Then we'll head over to Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina's highest point, to enjoy the stunning, nearly 360 degree view.
Jocassee Gorges Driving Tour
Hang on for a ride up to iconic Jumping Off Rock on Horsepasture Road, where we'll enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your lunch!) while gazing out over sparkling Lake Jocassee and the wild and wonderful Jocassee Gorges. From there we travel to the peak of Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina's highest point, the vantage point for viewing three different states, and the point of origin for three different watersheds. Afterwards we will drive into the Eastatoee Valley and take a short walk to spectacular Twin Falls... What a day!
Jocassee Gorges Tours last six hours and are $55 per person, with a $220 vehicle minimum. Private tours are are avaiable upon request, and are offered as Special Events in the winter months.