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GCS Backpack Keeps Parents Connected in Greenville County Schools

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Do you ever struggle to keep up with all the information from your child’s school? GCS Backpack can help you navigate the school year! Grades, attendance, teacher information, and school calendar. It can all feel overwhelming. Greenville County Schools has an excellent solution with their Backpack app.

Here’s everything you need to know about the app to make this school year a little easier.

What is GCS Backpack?

Backpack is a resource provided by Greenville County Schools to keep students and parents updated. It can be accessed through a browser but is also available as an app.

Screenshot of Student Log-in page on GCS Backpack

Things Parents Can Do on Backpack

  • Easily edit emergency contact information
  • Check their child’s meals balance and add funds
  • Find their child’s school and teacher contact information
  • Enroll additional children
  • View available programs for their child
  • See their child’s grades and test scores
  • Check their child’s attendance and daily schedule
  • Stay informed about their child’s behavior 
  • Find a link to the school calendar

Student Dashboard

GCS students are assigned an email address and password when they are enrolled and have access to their own GCS Backpack dashboard. There they can view their class schedule, check their grades and test scores, and view their lunch balance.

Students can also use their Backpack GCS dashboard to access the educational apps they use for school.

Screenshot of the student dashboard in GCS backpack

Parent Dashboard

The parent dashboard has a wealth of information. Parents can view basically the same information as on the student dashboard but with additional features.

You can easily edit your child’s emergency contact information, pay on their meal cards, check their behavior and attendance, and enroll additional students. You’ll also find your child’s teacher’s contact information, their school’s contact information, and a link to the GCS calendar.

Have more than one child in GCS? You still only need one Backpack account. You’ll be able to access each child’s information easily from the main dashboard.

Creating an Account on the GCSBackpack app?

Parents can set up their own account by going to the GCSbackpack website and selecting the “I’m a Parent” option. You’ll need your child’s student ID number to add them to your account. At the end of the process, you’ll be prompted to contact your child’s school to complete your account.

GCS backpack parent sign in screenshot

GCS has a page on its website with information and a video with instructions on setting up your account. 

Back to School Guide to Greenville, SC

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Waterfalls of the Southeast: Waterfall Hikes for Families

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Looking for waterfalls in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee? Enjoy a hike with waterfall views as a reward, then relax by the sound of rushing water with a snack. Some waterfalls even have pools suitable for wading where you can cool off after a hot summer hike. We’ve put together a list of our favorite waterfall hikes in the southeast! Most of these hikes are great for families to do together, there are even a few that don’t require anything more than a short walk to view the falls.

Waterfalls of the southeast: Family hikes to waterfalls in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

We split up our list of great waterfall hikes by state. Use the links below to navigate our list!

This article includes:
Waterfall Hikes Near Me: Just Right For Your Family
Waterfall Hikes in South Carolina
Waterfall Hikes in North Carolina
Waterfall Hikes in Tennessee
Waterfall Hikes in Georgia

Remember, exploring waterfalls can be dangerous with slippery rocks and drop-offs. Obey all signage and always use caution.

Rainbow at Rainbow Falls in NC.

Find the Best Waterfalls For You

No hiking waterfalls

Waterfalls to see with no hiking, NC

If you love waterfalls but need to avoid hikes, try our Waterfall Driving Tour! Many of the waterfalls can be viewed from the road, or require just a short walk down paved paths, perfect for families with small children and those with mobility concerns.

Waterfalls for families with babies and toddlers

Musgrove Mill

Not all waterfall hikes require miles of strenuous hiking. Our guide to the Best Hikes for Toddlers and Young Children includes many beautiful waterfalls like Wildcat Wayside, Pearson’s Falls, and Yellow Branch Falls.

Waterfalls for new hikers

Carrick Creek waterfall

New to hiking? There are waterfall hikes for you too! Check out the trails on our Newbie Guide to Hiking in the Upstate.

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Hiking in the Upstate.

South Carolina Waterfall Hikes: Waterfalls in SC

Here’s our list of waterfalls in South Carolina. These are gorgeous spots that our families have loved to visit again and again. Pack a picnic, and throw in a beach towel. You’re not going to want to miss any of these!

Waterfalls near Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC Waterfalls: Discover Magical Waterfalls near Greenville SC in our guide. Whether you want to take in a waterfall while enjoying a long hike or a waterfall that you can view with very little effort, local mom Kristina has all the details!

Waterfalls at Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve

Sunset, SC

The beautiful Laurel Fork Heritage preserve is worth the drive, even if you never intend on getting out of the car, although I encourage you to. There are several hiking trails and roadside waterfalls. Depending on recent rainfall, one might be sufficient to splash around in. The over 1,300-acre preserve is an easy place to get away from everything.

Beech Bottom Falls

F Van Clayton Memorial Hwy
Sunset, SC

Not far from Laurel Fork H.P. and on the way to Sassafras Mountain, you’ll see the Beech Bottom Falls trailhead parking lot for the falls. This is an easy two-mile round-trip hike to an observation deck that overlooks the falls. 

Twin Falls

Water Falls Rd
Sunset, SC

This is an easy hike that is only a ¼ of a mile. There are places to splash in the water, but please use caution. While these falls are beautiful, they are also dangerous if you are trying to climb up on the rocks. 

Waterfalls at Twin Falls Pickens
Twin Falls in Pickens, SC

Spoonauger Falls

Burrells Ford Rd
Mountain Rest, SC

Spoonauger Falls is a 50-foot waterfall reached by just a short trail from Burrells Ford Road located in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness. At just 0.3 miles to reach the base of the waterfall, it’s a perfect excursion for a family with small children.

View of a large waterfall
Spoonauger Falls/ Photo Credit: Liene Kukainis

King Creek Falls

Long Creek
South Carolina

King Creek Falls can be accessed from the Burrells Ford campground, from the parking area on Burrells Ford Road, and also while through-hiking the Foothills Trail. If you’re staying in the campground, the hike can be as short as a one-mile round-trip. If you’re coming in from the parking area, the hike is closer to 1.5-2 miles, depending on which trail you take. But since the trail climbs steadily up towards the waterfall, even that ½ mile can be hard for shorter legs when it’s a hot summer day – which is why the pool at the base of King Creek Falls is a perfect reward.

Boys playing at the base of a waterfall at King Creek Falls
King Creek Falls / Photo Credit: Liene Kukainis

Rainbow Falls – Jones Gap State Park

303 Jones Gap Road
Marietta, SC

The trail to Rainbow Falls is around 2.5 miles one-way, mostly up in a staircase manner. Plan to spend plenty of time wading at the base of the falls with a picnic in tow. Hiking alone may take 4-5 hours depending on the ages and abilities of your kids, plus picnicking time.

While this is a strenuous hike, there are no major dangers on the trail itself (other than the falls, of course) it is simply sweat-inducing, and the falls are worth it!

Rainbow Falls at Jones Gap State Park
Rainbow Falls at Jones Gap

Jones Gap Falls – Jones Gap State Park

303 Jones Gap Road
Marietta, SC

Jones Gap Falls is a round-trip 2.6-mile hike along a river that ends at a fan waterfall splashing over a 50-foot drop, spilling over a staircase of granite ledges. Pack a picnic and plan to spend a few hours on this lovely trail with your kiddos. The trail is so beautiful that if your kids couldn’t stick it out to the falls, nothing would be lost alongside that gorgeous river.

Jones Gap Falls at Jones Gap State Park
Jones Gap Falls

Issaqueena Falls

Walhalla, SC

Issaqueena Falls is a short hike from Stumphouse Tunnel through a covered bridge to an observation deck for viewing a lower area of the falls. 

There is a path that continued past the observation deck, but parents should be aware that it isn’t a maintained trail and poses safety concerns. There have been several deaths and many accidents at this waterfall so be careful and aware of your surroundings even on the marked trails.

Horseshoe Falls – Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

Horseshoe Falls Rd
Enoree, SC

Horseshoe Falls is located at the start of the Battlefield Trail at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site. It is a very short walk from the parking lot and is accessible by wheelchair.

Hikers of the battlefield trail will continue on past the falls, where the trail is no longer paved. The battlefield trail is a 1.3-mile loop, with frequent signage that describes the backcountry’s role in the Revolutionary War.

Horseshoe Falls at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
Horseshoe Falls at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

Blue Wall Preserve

Landrum, SC

Blue Wall Preserve is a 575-acre preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy and has stunning views of the Blue Ridge mountains. The trails are well-defined, and at the back end of the 3.4-mile loop, you will be rewarded with a waterfall.

Blue Wall Preserve waterfall
The waterfall at Blue Wall Preserve

Raven Cliff Falls – Caesars Head State Park

8155 Geer Hwy
Cleveland, SC

Getting to Raven Cliff Falls at Caesars Head State Park is a long and arduous trek along a few different trails, but if you have the kids with you and prefer something more manageable, you still have the option to see the falls from afar. Start at the Raven Cliff Falls parking lot and take the Raven Cliff Falls trail about 2 miles out to an overlook where you can view the falls in all their glory.

Raven Cliff Falls at Caesars Head State Park
Raven Cliff Falls at Caesars Head

Carrick Creek Falls – Table Rock State Park

158 Ellison Lane
Pickens, SC

The Carrick Creek Trail at Table Rock State Park begins at the Nature Center. It starts out paved and immediately opens up to the beautiful Carrick Creek Falls where your kiddos can wade around in a cool, shallow lagoon fed by a cascading waterfall.

Beyond that, the pavement ends and the trail becomes a bit more moderate as it follows the creek for a while and then loops around back to the falls for a grand total of two miles. You and your kids will enjoy traveling alongside the creek as the rushing water drops over boulders and slides along ledges, creating an amazing backdrop for a hike.

Carrick Creek waterfall
The waterfall at Carrick Creek

Riley Moore Falls

Riley Moore Falls Trail
Westminster, SC

Riley Moore Falls is a waterfall at the end of a short trail with a small beach. It’s a beautiful place but be aware some people are careless with their trash at this location, unfortunately. The trail is about two miles and starts at the end of the forestry road.

Riley Moore Falls
Riley Moore Falls

Wildcat Wayside

US 276/SC 11
Cleveland, SC

This waterfall, swimming hole, and trail are located right off SC 11 in Cleveland. There are stone steps leading up to the trails – the Wildcat Wayside loop is an easy mile.

Heading north on Route 11, the trail and pull-off parking area are located on the right side of the road. There is a brown wooden sign that says Wildcat Wayside, but it is easy to miss. It’s about 5 miles north of the 276/11 intersection.

Waterfall at Wildcat Wayside
Wildcat Wayside

Yellow Branch Falls

Walhalla, SC

A moderate three-mile round trip hike near Walhalla with a beautiful waterfall payoff. Parking is trailside on the road. This one is fairly popular so try to get there early in the day to get a parking spot.

waterfall at Yellow Branch Falls
Yellow Branch Falls

Station Cove Falls

State Rd S-37-95
Walhalla, SC

Station Cove is an easy trail less than two miles round trip that has a huge, beautiful waterfall. It’s located at Oconee Station State Historic Site and is an easy trail perfect for little kids.

Waterfall at Station Cove Falls
Station Cove Falls

North Carolina Waterfall Hikes: Waterfalls in NC

Waterfalls in North Carolina are stunning. Wonderful family day trips have been made by these waterfalls, and we know you’ll love them, too!

Sapphire Valley, Land of the Waterfalls

Cashiers, NC

Kidding Around’s Kristina visited Sapphire Valley with her family and discovered why it is nicknamed, “Land of the Waterfalls.” She has all the details on the numerous waterfall hikes in this beautiful area in her article Sapphire Valley.

Sliding Rock
Sliding Rock

Waterfalls of DuPont State Recreational Forest

Staton Rd
Cedar Mountain, NC

With its 900 miles of hiking trails, six major waterfalls, and over 10,000 acres of forest, DuPont State Forest is a showcase of some of the most fabulous scenery in western NC, just an hour from Greenville! KAG Contributor Liene tells us all about the best waterfalls hikes in Dupont State Forest.

Waterfalls at Triple Falls, Dupont State Forest
Waterfalls at Triple Falls, Dupont State Forest

Catawba Falls [Closed until 2024]

3074 Catawba River Rd
Old Fort, NC

This trail east of Asheville is a fantastic trail for families because it’s not long and ends at a stunning waterfall. Total mileage is around 2.5 miles and it’s a fairly easy trail.

Pearson’s Falls

2748 Pearson’s Falls Rd
Saluda, NC

Located in Saluda, NC this trail to Pearson’s Falls is a moderate, .75 mile hike through a botanical preserve. Most of the trail is made up of a stone stairway going up to the falls. The falls and the pond at the base of the falls are not accessible to the public, but there are multiple wading pools among the rocks at the top of the trail that are perfect for cooling off little feet on hot days.

waterfall at pearsons falls
Waterfall at Pearsons Falls

Little Bradley Falls

Holbert Cove Road
Saluda, NC

To reach Little Bradley Falls, hikers can park at a gravel pull-off on Holbert Cove Road, which is about three miles from exit 59 on I-26. There are no signs, but the hike to Little Bradley starts on the opposite side of the road from the main parking area, across the bridge on the east side of Cove Creek.

The trail is a 2.4 mile out and back moderate hike across boulders and through streams. It ends at the 35-foot, triple-tiered waterfall that feeds into a large pool at the bottom, perfect for wading and cooling off on a hot summer day. 

Little Bradley Falls
Little Bradley Falls

Moore Cove Falls

Brevard, NC

The trailhead to the Moore Cove Falls Trail is between Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock in the Pisgah Forest on 276. If you’re coming from Brevard, the trailhead will be on your right.

To get to the falls, just cross the bridge and head up the stairs to the right. The trail is well-marked and has a few creek crossings and bridges. It is about 1.2 miles round trip and is great for families with smaller kids since you don’t need to work hard to see a beautiful sight!

Moore Cove Falls
Moore Cove Falls

Hickory Nut Falls

431 Main Street
Chimney Rock, NC

The trail to Hickory Nut Falls at Chimney Rock State Park is a 1.4-mile round trip moderate hike. The waterfall at the end is an epic 404-foot-high beauty that was featured in the film, “The Last of the Mohicans.”

Hike to the waterfall at Chimney Rock in North Carolina
Hickory Nut Falls at Chimney Rock

Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Falls at Gorges State Park

976 Grassy Ridge Road
Sapphire, NC

Rainbow Falls at Gorges State Park is one of my favorite waterfalls and trails in our area. The waterfall is enormous, and you can get a really good view from the overlook on the trail or you can take a smaller trail down to the bottom of the falls (just be careful). 

But if you keep going another quarter-mile from those falls, you’ll come to more waterfalls. Turtleback Falls isn’t as stunning but it’s really fun. It’s a great place to cool off and go for a swim before heading back to the trailhead. 

The trail is about four miles round trip and of moderate difficulty. The hike back is harder and more uphill than the hike to the waterfalls.

Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls

Whitewater Falls

NC 281
Cashiers, NC

Cascading more than 800 feet tall, Whitewater Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Eastern United States – and it’s easily accessible just over the border into North Carolina and close to Gorges State Park.

The trail is a paved quarter-mile walk that gets you to the overlook of the falls. You can go down a stairway to get a closer view.

Waterfall at Whitewater Falls
Whitewater Falls

Looking Glass Falls

Brevard, NC

Right off 276 in Pisgah Forest in North Carolina, you can see this stunning waterfall from the road. It is beautiful and loud and amazing. If it’s really cold, Looking Glass Falls has iced over in the past, making it a winter wonderland.

It’s very close to Brevard, about 15 minutes away in the forest. Park on the shoulder of the road and you can walk down to the bottom on the path and stairs.

Waterfall at Looking Glass Falls
Looking Glass Falls

Mingo Falls

Eastern Cherokee Reservation
Cherokee, NC

Located in Cherokee, NC, the hike to Mingo Falls involves climbing a lot of stairs. I think it’s worth it because the waterfall is beautiful. It’s a great stop if you’re near the Great Smoky Mountains.

High Falls

358-1486 State Rd 1158
Glenville, NC

Also in North Carolina near Cashiers is High Falls. The waterfall is located below the dam of Lake Glenville and the dam releases water a few times a year which kayakers really love. The trail is of moderate difficulty and under four miles round trip.

Waterfall Keepers

Waterfall Keepers is a nonprofit that seeks to protect the natural beauty and landscape of waterfalls in Western NC. Read more about how you can help protect our waterfalls. Get your kids learning about the environment by signing them up for the Junior Waterfall Keepers program!

Tennessee Waterfall Hikes

Mouse Creek Falls

Hartford, TN

Mouse Creek Falls can be accessed via Big Creek Trail, a 4-mile moderate hike along a river. While you’re in the area, check out the gorgeous Midnight Hole Lagoon!

Cataract Falls

Sevier County, TN

In the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, there is a one-mile round trip easy nature trail you can take along a creek that goes to the small but pretty Cataract Falls. It’s perfect for families with small kids.

Georgia Waterfall Hikes: Waterfalls in GA

The mountains of Northern Georgia are full of beautiful waterfalls. Below are some of our family favorites. These are waterfalls in Georiga that you just shouldn’t miss.

Anna Ruby Falls

Helen, GA

Anna Ruby Falls is actually a spectacular double waterfall, as two waterfalls combine to form Smith Creek. The down-and-back trail to the falls is paved, with a moderate incline at times, as it follows the boulder-lined creek to the falls. It’s a very pretty trail, and though short, it’s worth a trip in and of itself. There are multiple overlooks to enjoy the falls for a while before returning back down the trail.

The trail begins at the Anna Ruby Falls visitor center where you will find restrooms and a gift shop, plus scenic picnic areas along the creek.

Don’t miss the Alpine town of Helen, GA while you are in the area. If you’re looking for more hiking, don’t miss nearby Unicoi State Park. The hike around the lake is pretty and family-friendly.

Anna Ruby Falls in Helen, GA
Anna Ruby Falls

Trahlyta Falls

Blairsville, GA

At Vogel State Park, you’ll find a scenic trail around a small lake: Trahlyta Lake. You’ll start at the visitor’s center and as you walk around the lake you’ll come to a spur at the lake’s dam. Take the short spur trail down and you’ll quickly come to Trahlyta Falls. After viewing the falls you’ll walk back up the spur trail to finish the trail around the lake. The trail around the lake is mainly gravel and flat, while the spur trail to the falls is a bit steep on the way back up.

There are lots of other fun things to do in Blairsville, GA, too!

Trahlyta Falls at Vogel State Park in Georgia
Trahlyta Falls

Long Creek Falls

Blue Ridge, GA

The trail to Long Creek Falls is an easy 1.9-mile hike. Want to say you’ve walked some of the Appalachian Trail with your family? The Long Creek Falls Trail combines with the AT and the Benton Mackaye Trail for most of the hike until it veers off to the falls. The signage to the falls is very clear, so you won’t end up hiking all the way to Maine.

The falls itself is beautiful with a nice area to relax, enjoy a snack on a rock, or even string up a hammock and enjoy the afternoon.

Note that the trailhead for Long Creek Falls is off of a gravel road. You’ll need to drive on gravel Forest Service Road 40 for about 5 miles once you turn off the main road, Doublehead Gap Road. We did this drive in a minivan. We likely would not have been able to make the drive had there been recent rain and the road was wet. 4×4 vehicles are generally recommended on the forest service roads, although we did see many 2-wheel drive cars using the service road. Go slow and watch for potholes and larger rocks in the road.

Long Creek Falls and AT trail signage
Long Creek Falls

Fall Branch Falls

Blue Ridge, GA

The trail to Fall Branch Falls is only 0.9 miles. It’s a down-and-back trail that is very heavily trafficked. It’s an easy hike for families with children, and the drive is nearly all on paved roads, with just the last tenth of a mile or so on gravel. Fall Branch Falls has several cascades and then a 30-foot drop into the pool. There is an observation deck right beside the pool. These things make the Fall Branch Falls trail pretty popular. The parking area is also a very short walk away from a pretty mountain creek you should check out before or after your hike to the falls.

The trail to Fall Branch Falls sees a lot of traffic. Please stay on the trail and notice the places where hikers have cut off parts of the switchback by going off-trail. These areas show significant erosion. Check out our article on Leave No Trace to learn about caring for trails and nature.

Fall Branch Falls
Fall Branch Falls

What is your favorite waterfall to explore?

Ultimate Guide for Teens in Greenville, SC

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Do you have a teen in Greenville, SC? Maybe you’re wondering “What activities for teens near me would be fun?” If you are looking for teen-friendly activities, ways to get them involved in the community, or prepare them for college, then this list can help! Our teen guide to Greenville has all the details about things to do with teens in Greenville, SC.

Activities for Teens Near Me: Greenville, SC

This article includes:
Indoor Things to Do for Teens in Greenville, SC
Day Trips with Teens from Greenville, SC
Hiking with Teens Near Greenville, SC
Outdoor Things to Do for Teens
Free Time Things to Do for Teens in Greenville, SC
Volunteering Opportunities for Teens in Greenville, SC
School and College Prep Resources in Greenville, SC


The Ultimate Guide to All 47 South Carolina State Parks: Everything You Need to Know

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Are you new to South Carolina and want to start getting outside and exploring our South Carolina State Parks? Are you a local who wants to branch out and try a new park for camping or hiking? We’ve put this guide together to help with your adventures! From the Upstate to the Coast, we have the details for all 47 South Carolina State Parks.

SC State parks

This article includes:
South Carolina State Parks in the Upstate
South Carolina State Parks in the Midlands
Coastal South Carolina State Parks
South Carolina State Park Passports, Annual Admission Membership Program
South Carolina State Parks Outsiders Incentive Program


Holmes Educational State Forest: This Living Outdoor Classroom in NC is Perfect for Exploring

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Have you visited Holmes Education State Forest near Hendersonville, NC? KAG’s Elizabeth Lambert visited the park with her family and has all the information about the trails to hike, and things to do and see at Holmes Educational State Forest.

holmes educational state forest

Are you looking for a crowds-free place to take your family on a sunny spring day? I was able to spend a beautiful day at this forest near Hendersonville, NC with my kids, picnicking, hiking, and exploring. What we saw, we loved. From an out-of-commission NC Forest Service helicopter and a Labyrinth to gorgeous views and exciting wildlife, there truly is something for everyone at Holmes Educational State Forest.


10+ Family Friendly Vacation Rentals in Western North Carolina

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Trying to book a vacation rental in Western North Carolina but overwhelmed by all the options? We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite WNC rentals. Not only are they in convenient locations, but also the hosts have been sure to include family-friendly amenities!

Through affiliate relationships, Kidding Around earns when you book through these links.

This article includes:
Vacation Rentals for Families in Cashiers, NC
Vacation Rentals for Families in Brevard, NC
Family Vacation Rentals in Hendersonville, NC
Vacation Rentals for Families in Asheville, NC

Cashiers, NC Vacation Rentals

Stay busy in Cashiers, NC with this list of places to explore in Sapphire Valley.

Cashiers Downtown Getaway

Looking for a place to stay that is near restaurants and shops? This is one of the few vacation rentals right in the town of Cashiers. While you have the convenience of the town, waterfalls, skiing, hiking, and boating are still just a short drive away.

Cashiers Downtown Getaway Photo Credit: VRBO
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Updated kitchen
  • Large yard for playing
  • Wooded area with a stream on the property
  • Wrap around deck
  • Book Cashiers Downtown Getaway

Free Bird

Enjoy gorgeous views of Whiteside Mountain from an extensive stone eating area outside at this cozy cabin near Cashiers. This rental is perfect for families with young children who need space to burn off energy. The large yard is level and shaded and even has a fun swing.

Free Bird Photo Credit: VRBO
  • 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Cozy, rustic interior
  • Level, shaded yard for playing
  • Games and toys for kids
  • Outdoor stone seating area
  • Book Free Bird

Whitewater Whispers

Whitewater Whispers is a 3-bedroom 2-bath house with a jaw-dropping mountain view and the gentle soundtrack of a rippling river you can hear from the back deck. Need more adventure? The nearby Sapphire Valley Resort is open year-round and offers plenty of family fun!

Deck at Whitewater Whispers
Whitewater Whispers
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths
  • Sleeps up to 8
  • 1570 square feet
  • Gas log fireplace
  • Located in the quiet wooded setting of the Whisper Lake community
  • Allows pets
  • Several easy-to-access waterfalls & hiking trails nearby
  • Nearby Sapphire Valley Resort offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, miniature golf, game room, fitness room, skiing, snow tubing, zip-lining, a golf course, and gem mining. 
  • Stunning mountain view
  • Rippling waters of the Horsepasture River offer a calming soundtrack
  • Book Whitewater Whispers on VRBO.

Brevard, NC Vacation Rentals

Custom Mountain Cabin

Don’t forget to use promocode KAG22 for 10% off this cabin!

Weary from the day-to-day grind of work and life? Why not escape to this secluded, 2,200 square foot mountain cabin near Brevard, NC? It’s the ultimate destination for a big family or group of friends that want to recharge and reconnect.

Read our full review of this luxurious cabin rental.

Custom Mountain Cabin Photo Credit: StayGVL
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Fully stocked gourmet kitchen
  • Heated flooring
  • Back porch and separate screened-in porch with outdoor seating
  • Fireplace and outdoor firepit
  • Ping pong table
  • Hammock style chairs
  • Book Custom Mountain Cabin Don’t forget to use promocode KAG22 for 10% off this cabin.

Waterfall Cabin

If you’re looking for privacy, this is the rental for you. This cabin is surrounded by forest and has an actual waterfall just 25 feet from the porch! Spend your days relaxing by the private stream, swinging on the porch swing, and enjoying the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Waterfall Cabin Photo Credit: VRBO
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Private stream
  • Waterfall 25 feet from the porch
  • Porch swing
  • Firepit with stone outdoor seating area
  • Book Waterfall Cabin

Treehouse with Views

What could be more exciting for kids than staying in a real treehouse? Climb into the trees for a stay at this unique rental near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. If you manage to leave the stunning mountain and valley views for the day, you have convenient access to all the outdoor fun you could want.

Treehouse with Views Photo Credit: VRBO
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Minutes from the entrance to Pisgah National Forest
  • Mountain and valley views
  • Private treehouse
  • Games for kids provided
  • Near Davidson River, great for fishing or tubing
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New and Rustic Cabin

This new cabin was designed with a rustic feel to give guests a cozy stay. Spend your days biking and hiking at DuPont before coming back to relax in this private and quiet bungalow.

New and Rustic Cabin Photo Credit: VRBO
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Easy access to hiking and biking trails
  • Bike wash station
  • Games for kids
  • Firepit
  • Porch swing and hammock
  • Book New and Rustic Cabin

Shoal Sound

Located across the road from Shoal Creek Falls, this new cabin is designed to make your vacation comfortable. The huge wrap-around porch is ideal for outdoor eating as you listen to the sounds of the falls. This cabin is only 10 miles from downtown Brevard and Hendersonville.

Shoal Sound Photo Credit: VRBO
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Near Shoal Creek Falls
  • Huge porch with outdoor eating area
  • New cabin designed for comfort
  • Games for kids
  • Firepit
  • Porch swing
  • Book Shoal Sound

Hendersonville, NC Vacation Rentals

Blue Ridge Cabin

Experience luxury in the mountains at this incredible cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This rental near Flat Rock is sure to make you feel like you never want to leave. The huge wrap-around deck has comfortable rockers where you can sit and enjoy the mountain views.

Blue Ridge Cabin Photo Credit: VRBO
  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Ping pong table
  • Foosball table
  • Board games and children’s books
  • Wrap around deck with rockers
  • Stone fireplace
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Laurel Cottage

If you’re looking for a place with everything, look no further. This designer cottage is one of two located in a gated riverfront conservation community. There are hiking trails and a river on the property where you can tube, fly fish, and swim to your heart’s content.

Laurel Cottage Photo Credit: VRBO
  • 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Gated riverfront conservation community
  • Hiking trails onsite
  • Riverside firepit
  • Huge yard
  • Half mile of river for tubing, fishing, swimming
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Serenity and Birdsong

This quaint little cottage provides a private retreat near Chimney Rock. Enjoy the sounds of a bubbling creek from the large gazebo and firepit or relax in the unique loft with a good book.

Serenity and Birdsong Photo Credit: VRBO
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Loft area for reading and games
  • Creek onsite
  • Gazebo and firepit
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Asheville, NC Vacation Rentals

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French Broad River Views

Only 3 miles from the heart of downtown Asheville, this brand new home is perfect for families who want to be close to the city. Check out the beautiful French Broad River from the huge covered deck. This rental has tons of space to spread out and relax after a day of exploring Asheville.

French Broad River Views Photo Credit: VRBO
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Brand new home
  • Large covered deck with outdoor dining
  • Ping pong table
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Cozy Modern Cabin

This unique, modern cabin is conveniently located near I26 with access to all your favorite WNC spots. Downtown Asheville is just a 10-minute drive away. Both levels of this house have their own kitchen so this could be a great choice for families vacationing with grandparents or another family.

Cozy Modern Cabin Photo Credit: VRBO
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Large sunroom
  • Pool table
  • Family-friendly games
  • Two kitchens
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Adulting in Greenville: The Ultimate Grown-Ups’ Guide to Greenville, SC

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Are you an adult in Greenville? This guide is for you! We know we’re all about kidding around Greenville, helping families get out and enjoy Greenville together. But really, we’re all adulting around Greenville, too. And adulting is not easy.

The Grown-Ups’ Guide to Greenville is full of date night ideas, places for a parent to snatch a few minutes of relaxation, the best coffee shops, and even some resources to help make all that adulting just a little bit easier. You’ll find mental health resources, plus links to our healthcare guides and childcare help.

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Plan a Date: Ideas

Whether you’re planning a date night, date day, you’re on a budget or you’re looking for something extra extravagant, we have some suggestions. Plan the perfect date in Greenville, SC!

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Parenting is hard. No doubt about that. Here are a few resources to help make things a little easier. From childcare needs to parenting help, we have you covered.

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Camp on the Shores of Lake Russell at Calhoun Falls State Park

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Have you visited Calhoun Falls State Park? My family and I recently started the Ultimate Outsider Challenge through South Carolina State Parks. We’ve quickly made our way through most of the parks in the Upstate and wanted to start branching out to some of the ones further away. When I saw a friend’s pictures of her family’s camping trip to Calhoun Falls State Park, I knew I had to go see it for myself.

Kayaker on Lake Russell at Calhoun Falls State Park

See our Ultimate Guide to All 47 South Carolina State Parks to find your next adventure!

The Campgrounds at Calhoun Falls State Park

Situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Russell, these campgrounds are some of the most desired in the SC state park system. There are 86 standard (RV or tent sites with water and electricity) and 14 walk-in tent sites. We stayed at one of the walk-in sites which are scattered along one of the points jutting out into the lake. 

View of campsite with hammock and tent at Calhoun Falls State Park

The tent sites do not have electric hook-ups but they do have shared water pumps. I chose T8 because it has one of the larger tent pads. We just bought a new tent and I was nervous about it being too big for the other sites. After being there though, I think it would have been fine at any of them.

Our site was the closest to the parking area and had a trail down to the water. The shore was grassy where we were but some of the other sites had little rocky beach areas that would be great spots for kids to splash.

Path leading to Lake Russell at campgrounds at Calhoun Falls State Park

The tent only campground has an outdoor shower area and single bathrooms. The standard campground nearby has two full bathroom buildings with showers and two playgrounds.

Cedar Bluff Nature Trail

During our stay, we checked out the Cedar Bluff Nature Trail. It is the only hiking trail at the park and is a 1.75 mile easy to moderate loop hike through the forest. The signage is not great so be careful as you go. We took a wrong turn at one point and ended up at one of the campground playgrounds instead of finishing the loop as we had planned. But it’s a pretty trail with multiple wooden bridges and steps and we didn’t mind getting lost in nature for a while.

Family walking hiking the nature trail at Calhoun Falls State Park

More Things to do at Calhoun Falls State Park

We stuck to camping and hiking during our visit, but Calhoun Falls offers many other activities, especially on the lake. It’s the perfect spot for boating, paddling, and fishing. There is also a marina with rental boat slips available.

If you forget anything at home, the gift shop has you covered. It is definitely one of the nicest state park gift shops I’ve been to! We stopped in on our first morning to register and to get some cold treats for the kids and I was impressed at how much it had to offer from bundles of wood and s’mores ingredients to souvenirs and clothing items.

Line of boats at the marina at Calhoun Falls State Park

Visit Calhoun Falls State Park


46 Maintenance Shop Road
Calhoun Falls, SC

Hours and Admission

The park is open from 6am – 6pm (extended to 9 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time) and the Park Office is open from 9am – 5pm, daily.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children age 6-15. Children 5 and under are free. Admission is free for Park Passport holders.