A little history on how I got connected with Jeremy and Kristin. Since getting on the road and traveling full-time, we have gotten to know this massive community of full-time travelers, RVers, camping and hiking enthusiasts. It’s this whole new world we didn’t know existed and it is a really awesome community to be a part of. I ran across Amble Guide on Instagram and was was so excited to see that these guys were sharing their hiking and camping knowledge from none other than Greenville! Was so excited when they reached out and were interested in writing a Local Guide!
Hi! We are Jeremy and Kristin, and we are the faces behind Amble Guide. When we moved to Greenville from Texas just a few years ago, we had no idea how much we would love hiking. Our first hike was just a few months after we moved here, and we’ve been exploring the outdoors more and more ever since. We created Amble Guide to help outdoor lovers plan their next adventures by providing reliable and accurate information on trails and parks. When we aren’t exploring in the mountains you can find us walking around our beautiful downtown eating all of the local food we can find (after all… it’s all about balance right.) You can find us on:
OUR TOP UPSTATE TRAILS:
Pinnacle Mountain in Table Rock State Park. This state park is most known for the famous Table Rock Trail, and while this is a great trail we believe that taking the path less traveled is the best decision. Pinnacle Mountain Trail is still a good workout but the elevation gain is slower than Table Rock with just as much of a reward at the top. The sweeping view at Bald Knob Overlook is the best we have seen in South Carolina. Plus, if you reach the very top of Pinnacle Mountain you will have hiked the tallest mountain contained entirely within the state of South Carolina (although you won’t find a view up there – be warned).
Rainbow Falls in Jones Gap State Park. There are quite a few waterfalls in Jones Gap State Park but we think this one takes the cake. After a challenging climb, you will want to sit and listen to the peaceful sounds of the water plunging 100 feet over a granite cliff and soak up the views of the gorgeous granite walls that surround the waterfall.
Rim of the Gap can be accessed from Jones Gap State Park or Caesars Head State Park. If you are looking for a trail to challenge your technical hiking skills, then this is the hike for you. Rim of the Gap will have you crawling under rocks, hugging a rock face as you sidestep along the trail, and very carefully walking across waterfalls. Make it a loop by adding Coldspring Branch Trail and Jones Gap Trail to get a nice 9 mile hike.
FAVORITE FAMILY FRIENDLY:
Frank Coggins in Caesars Head State Park. This trail is located across the road from the Visitor’s Center. If there has been a good amount of rain recently in the area, you can see a few small but gorgeous waterfalls that will amaze your little ones. Plus, after you finish grab a picnic table to eat lunch and soak up the views of Table Rock from the Caesars Head Overlook.
WORTH THE DRIVE:
Stone Mountain in DuPont State Forest. This trail is about an hour drive from Greenville but it is easily one of our favorite trails in the area. It was one of the first hikes we ever went on and the view from the top plus the solitude on the trail keep us going back. It can be a bit of a challenge to reach the peak but once you arrive you can wander around and take in different views from every angle.
If you are looking for more trails to explore in the Upstate be sure to check out our website: ambleguide.com. See you on the trail!!