It’s starting to warm up in the upstate, and if you’re anything like me, that means getting outside and soaking up the sun at any given chance. After all, Nickelodeon did say we should get out and play an hour a day!! Below I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite outdoor activities that I’ve done during my years at Furman. Whether you’re looking for a quick photo-op or a chance to go swimming, this list has got it!
1. Table Rock State Park It’s no secret that Furman is nestled near some great hiking spots, and Table Rock is a prime example. The park is a quick 30 minute drive from campus and has a variety of trails for different skill levels. The trail pictured here is the infamous Table Rock Hike, and it is definitely not for beginners. The whole hike is straight up the mountain and is so steep that there are STAIRS at some points. Even though it’s difficult, it’s definitely worth the hike.
2. Bald Rock This is a Furman classic and requires no athletic ability! Also a 30 minute drive from campus, bald rock is the best place to take a quick sunset study break with some friends, or even have a surprise birthday party! This giant rock face is splattered with graffiti and has a small parking lot right outside so you only need to walk maybe 50 steps to see an awesome view.
3. Turtleback Falls This one is f u n. Turtleback Falls is a swimming hole/waterfall that is a bit of a longer drive but worth every minute. The falls are preceded by a 2-ish mile hike and a nice view of rainbow falls right before you arrive at the swimmable area. If you’re bad you can climb up the rock via a rope and slide down as many times as you want!!
4. Looking Glass Rock This is one of the more strenuous hikes on the list but also one of the most jaw-dropping. The drive is about an hour and 15 minutes, but the view is probably my favorite of any hike I’ve done at Furman. This is one you don’t want to miss!
5. Caesar’s Head Overlook This is another one for the chillers who aren’t really into the outdoors scene. If you want to be outdoors but not really, this is the spot for you. About 45 minutes from campus, this overlook beautiful view just a few dozen feet away from the parking lot. Also, there is an opportunity for rule-breaking if you’re into that (see above).
6. Falls Creek Falls This is one of the hikes I’ve done several times because it’s so easily accessible and super rewarding. This is another one of the 30 minute drives and is moderate to strenuous since it is pretty uphill. The waterfall at the top has 2 access points and the water is always refreshing.
7. Lake Keowee This is one of the hikes I’ve done several times because it’s so easily accessible and super rewarding. This is another one of the 30 minute drives and is moderate to strenuous since it is pretty uphill. The waterfall at the top has 2 access points and the water is always refreshing.
8. Paris Mountain State Park Last but not least is Paris Mountain State Park, which is only 10 (TEN!!) minutes off campus. While there aren’t views like you would get at Caesar’s Head or Jones Gap, this is an awesome place for a quick study break hike or bonding with some pals.
Greenville is nothing short of outdoor activities, and I have tons more that I didn’t include! Feel free to reach out if you want more info.