Nestled along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the South Carolina Mountain Lakes region is the only place in the state with mountain tops, scenic overlooks, and gorgeous waterfalls. Loosely tied together along the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway (SC Highway 11) the region boasts eight state parks, a couple of lakes, and miles of scenic drives. After seeing these photos I dare you to not want to book a trip to these mountains.
Beautiful view of the Appalachian Mountains from Chattooga Belle Farm.
This is the kind of burger I can really get into, fresh from the restaurant at Chattooga Belle Farm.
One of the most incredible sunsets I had ever seen from the comfortable patio at Chattooga Belle Farm.
View from inside Stumphouse Tunnel, a train tunnel that was never completed but today is open for visitors.
View of the escarpment of the Appalachian Mountains from Caesar’s Head State Park.
Lake Jocassee from the boat dock at Devil’s Fork State Park.
Kayaking is a popular way of getting across Lake Jocassee.
Wright Creek Falls is one of many waterfalls that pours directly into Lake Jocassee.
A single rhododendron bloom at Wright Creek Falls.
Kayakers paddle to the base of a small waterfall on Lake Jocassee.
View from a swinging bridge along a trail over the Toxaway River.
Zip lining through the lush forest at the Wildwater Adventure Center.
White water rafters have a great time on the iconic Chattooga River.
Sunset view from Sassafras Mountain, the highest point in South Carolina.
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