Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Cedar Falls Park, near Simpsonville, SC
The first group that we saw ended up being one of my favorites of the entire trip. Thanks to our book (Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina by Thomas E. King) --we found a fairly new park (Cedar Falls Park, part of the Greenville County Recreation District) which contained some fabulous waterfalls and cascades.
The Reedy River, which flows through the city of Greenville, reaches southern Greenville County at Cedar Shoals. A 20 foot high masonry dam stretches across the river there and creates a 50-foot wide shoals that drops 12 feet.
This Cedar Falls area has an industrial history much like other sites along the 65 mile long Reedy River. The shoals were used as early as the 1820's to power a woolen mill, a saw mill, and in the early 1920's an electrical power generating plant. A general store located between the dam and Cedar Falls Road served local residents. Foundations from some of these structures and area homes remain on the site.
Hope you enjoy seeing some of our photos from this neat little park. Be sure to click on the photos in order to see them larger. The picture above is the dam.
I did read --when we got home ---that this Cedar Falls area of South Carolina is the home to the only Great Blue Heron rookery on the Reedy River... There are about 10-12 mated pairs --who raise their young here. Isn't that neat???? (Makes me want to go back and look for more herons!)
Hope you enjoyed the Cedar Falls/Shoals area. Now that I know about the herons, I definitely hope that we can return next spring.
Have a wonderful day.