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The Best Spots to View Fall Foliage in the South Carolina Mountains

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

Fall is a magical time of year that we look forward to each year in the mountains of South Carolina. The crisp, cool air and fiery foliage make for one of nature's best shows here in the higher elevations of the state. In the South Carolina Mountains, we can usually expect our peak fall color to occur sometime between mid-October and early November.

But where, you may ask, are some of the best places to see this beautiful display of color? Read more below to find out!

We definitely think that you'll need more than one day to experience all of the fall color around here. Click here to view accommodations in the area that will make your stay perfect. From campgrounds and cabins to treehouses and inns, you'll be sure to find your home away from home.

Sassafras Mountain

Being the highest point in the state, it's no wonder that Sassafras makes the list. At approximately 3,552 feet in elevation, you'll see 360 degree views of the Appalachian mountains and an abundance of warm, autumn hues.

Jocassee Gorges

The Jocassee Gorges are a perfect place to experience the solitude of nature as well as the visual spectacular that is fall in the mountains. Take a ride on Horsepasture Road up to Jumping Off Rock for some incredible views, or take a hike through the woods to feel fully immersed in the fall color.

Chattooga Belle Farm

Chattooga Belle Farm is an autumnal wonderland. While viewing the beautiful color, you can also take in the panoramic mountain views, indulge in spirits from their onsite distillery, and have a delicious meal at Belle's Bistro.

A Waterfall

Waterfalls are the perfect addition to some fall foliage viewing! Luckily, the South Carolina Mountains have dozens of waterfalls to explore. Click here for a full list of waterfalls in the area.

We hope to see you soon in Lake Hartwell Country!

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For more information, take a look around our website or keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram. You can also stop by our visitor center in Pendleton! We'll see y'all soon!

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