Why did they ever say “Don’t go chasing waterfalls”? They’re beautiful! Visiting a waterfall is a refreshing break from reality and makes for a great photo op. If you’re looking to take a day trip to see waterfalls close to the CSRA, here are a few to check out.
Aqueduct Park, Augusta, Georgia
The Rae’s Creek Aqueduct is a pre-Civil War structure in Augusta. The stone arches and rushing waters are a fascinating aspect to visitors and tourists, making it one of the best waterfalls in the River Region. Here is a map with directions on how to access the photo-worthy area.
Long Shoals Wayside Park, Pickens, South Carolina
Just outside of the bustling city of Greenville, you’ll find this gorgeous and fun attraction. There is a natural waterslide area which is perfect for the whole family to enjoy – but make sure to bring life jackets or arm floaties for younger children as a safety precaution. There is no cost for admission, but be sure to pack a lunch and find a spot at one of the picnic areas around the park for a break during the day! More information and directions can be found here.
Riley Moore Falls, Mountain Rest, South Carolina
At 12 feet high, it may not seem like there is much to see here. However, the 100 foot span and natural pool area make Riley Moore Falls the perfect warm weather destination. There is a 1 mile hike through the Sumter National Forest to reach the waterfall, but it is well worth the effort once you are there. You can find detailed directions here.
Helton Creek Falls, Blairsville, Georgia
Follow the Helton Creek Falls Trail to this beautiful area with more than 100 feet of waterfall to see. Be cautious as rocks can be slippery, but it is a fun experience for the whole family to enjoy. Admission is free as well! Here is a map to help you find Helton Creek Falls.
Exploring waterfalls can be a cheap or free activity and is a great option for getting out of the house after so much time spent in quarantine. Being outdoors, you can easily stay socially distanced while still enjoying the adventure. Pack up the car and explore these local areas this season!