In Lake Hartwell Country, the Blue Ridge Escarpment can be seen from all corners of our region. The Escarpment refers to a geographical phenomenon of the southern Appalachian mountains that occurs in our region. Unlike most of the Appalachian chain, which resembles layers of blue waves, the mountains in this area plummet over 2,000 ft. in less than half a mile into the piedmont below. This creates an awe-inspiring sight: a magnificent wall of blue that is unique to the South Carolina Upstate.
Because of the grandiose appearance of these mountains rising dramatically against the sky, the Cherokee Tribe that once lived in this area called the Blue Ridge Escarpment "The Blue Wall".