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 the day on Lake Jocassee. No doubt your breath has been taken away, but you are ready to see some more of what our spectacular mountain/lakes area has to offer. After all, you are at the entrance to the 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 gladly show you why National Geographic thinks our area is so extraordinary.
Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway Tour
First we’ll visit Wildcat Falls, a lovely set of 3 cascading waterfalls right beside the highway. Then we’ll wind up Persimmon Ridge Road to the overlook at Caesar’s Head State Park, 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 area of protected southern mountain forest. And then off to Pretty Place. You’ll have to see it to believe it. By now, all this scenic wonder has probably wet your appetite, so we’ll stop for lunch at one of our favorite area lunch spots. Rested and ready, we’ll visit two more areas to complete our tour; Twin Falls, surely one of the most beautiful waterfalls anywhere, and the wild and roaring Long Shoals. It’s a full day of wonder.
Jocassee Gorges Hiking Tour
Hang on for a ride up to iconic Jumping Off Rock on Horsepasture Road, deep within the Jocassee Gorges. We’ll take a moderate (3.5 mile round trip) hike into the breathtaking Eastatoee Heritage Preserve along the way, then have a great lunch while sitting atop Jumping Off Rock, gazing out over all the Jocassee Gorges. The view will be with you forever.
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 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 are $55 per person, with a $250 vehicle minimum.