The Cliffs


Get Lost in the Carolina Mountains

The Carolina mountains are a place of unspeakable natural beauty. In every way, they define The Cliffs experience, for they are the ever present and ever changing panorama in which we life.

Ladies hiking outing
Fog settling in the mountains
Fall in the mountains
Morning on Lake Keowee


This is land bisected by countless waterfalls that are as accessible as they are inspiring. There are hot springs and natural water slides, towering ribbons of falling water and roaring white water rapids. At The Cliffs, water is our muse and constant companion, just as are a walking stick and eager companion.


One could hike, boat, fish, swim and explore inside the gates of The Cliffs. But the wonders of the region are irresistible — our natural, national treasures are part of the fabric of everyday life. We drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we pass Table Rock, Keowee Toxaway, the Jocassee Gorges. We hike under waterfalls and like children into deep pools of blue. We set out in kayaks and canoes, our hiking boots are always dirty. And we all agree, it’s always better outside than in.


The best of the thousand waterfalls around The Cliffs are free to visit, but most are a bit hidden since they are not signed or found via maps or GPS. All the more reason to wander, discover and be rewarded by each discovery. A few of the gems are along the Blue Ridge Parkway and marked by small mileposts.

  • MP 316.3: Linville Falls with hikes to four vistas
  • MP 339.5: The 70-foot Crabtree Falls
  • MP 334: Exit at Little Switzerland for a hike to Grassy Creek Falls
  • MP 362.1: Glassmine Falls, viewed from the overlook
  • MP 417: A short hike to Skinny Dip Falls, no explanation required
  • MP 418.8: A short hike to Second Falls at Graveyard Fields
Peaceful afternoon on the river
Members explore the hiking trails at The Cliffs

Let Us Lead the Way


Discovering every last secret of our area’s natural surroundings is the mission of The Cliffs Exploration Series, a program that provides opportunities for adventure — all led by outdoor specialists. Enjoy a guided tour along Lake Keowee’s quiet coves, hike with neighbors and friends to the peak of Table Rock, discover the waterfalls that dot the shores of nearby Lake Jocassee. Whatever adventure you seek, you’ll find here.

Seven Communities. Three Regions. One Way of Life.

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