Boxing Day adventures
With some extra free time this week thanks to the holiday, I went up to northern Greenville County for some adventures.
Tracing the Swamp Rabbit - December 2013 editionFirst I stopped by McCarson Road in Riverview to investigate a possible trestle ruin I had spotted sometime back on Google Earth. Turns out it wasn't a trestle ruin at all, but a storage tank of some kind. But below it, I found a cutting heading toward the Middle Saluda River, an area previously explored. This matched up well with my map of the Swamp Rabbit. Nice.
Rainbow FallsThe bulk of my time this day was hiking to and from Rainbow Falls. Rainbow Falls is located on property of Camp Greenville, but it also accessible from Jones Gap State Park. To get there, follow Jones Gap Trail (blazed blue), then follow Rainbow Falls Trail (blazed red) to the waterfall.
This part of Jones Gap Trail is rocky and wet with a few icy spots, and the temperature wasn't much above freezing.
a set on Flickr and an album on Google Photos.
Echo ValleyFor a few years in the late 1960s, Echo Valley was a "wild west" style theme park off of U.S. 276 in the Cleveland community. This land is now occupied by a post office, several other businesses, and private homes. Tom Taylor visited this place as a child and recounted his visits there in Memories of Echo Valley, Echo Valley Photographic Proof, and Even More Echo Valley.
This photo taken by Tom's father, taken at the shore of Echo Lake, struck me as an opportunity to take my own photo from as close to the same spot and view as possible to create a then-now set.
I didn't entirely succeed, and perhaps someday I'll try again. And perhaps with a machete this time.
WrapupRainbow Falls was definitely worth visiting. and finding more evidence of the Swamp Rabbit railroad was a nice touch.
I placed on this map the three locations I visited this day:
And this map is the path I took to Rainbow Falls from Jones Gap State Park traced from my GPS.