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Scenic Drive - Highway 276 South Carolina
South Carolina Highway 276
The upstate of South Carolina is one of the most beautiful areas of the south eastern United States and one of the best scenic roadways in the region is a 16 miles stretch of Highway 276 from Cleveland, South Carolina to Cedar Mountain, North Carolina. As you travel along this route you experience a 2,000 feet elevation climb and many breathtaking views of Table Rock, the odd granite outcropping that stands in stark contrast to the surrounding tree covered hills and mountains. It looms over you the entire trip as you climb into the mountains and it makes the experience truly unique. About halfway along the journey there is a small pullout on the road where you can park and walk to the Bald Rock overlook. From this exposed granite face you can see Table Rock and other views of the surrounding area. Be sure to bring binoculars as you can see the buildings of downtown Greenville, South Carolina on the horizon on clear days. As you continue upward into the mountains the highlight of the drive occurs when you reach the crest and pull into Ceasars Head State Park, which is an overlook that provides majestic elevated views of the entire region. The overlook is just a short walk from the parking lot and there is no entrance fee. At an elevation of 3,208 feet it offers views of Paris Mountain and the high rise office buildings of Greenville more than 35 miles away and several thousand feet below. In the other direction you can look down at the shear granite faces of Table Rock. It makes for a great trip, especially in October when the leaves are changing color and the air is cool and crisp. The photographs are from my latest trip along this route.