Even though winter still has its grip on the Upstate, it doesn’t mean outdoor fun has to stop. Visit a local trail. In winter, the outdoors may not be as colorful, but the foliage has dropped, providing better views of surrounding areas, allowing vistas and vantage points that you’ve never seen before. Forests, waterfalls, and high-atop views look completely different in the colder months. Also, the lack of bugs, heat, and humidity are other great reasons for a winter trek into the woods. The climate in the Upstate is ideal for winter outdoor activity; there are rarely extremely cold days, with temperatures more likely to be 35°–55°F, than below freezing.
So, what are you waiting for? In these days of “virtual” experiences, blazing the trails, even in winter, offers an interesting, healthful, low-cost, and truly natural activity that is yours for the taking. With no leaves on the trees, clearer air, spectacular views, and hundreds of miles of trails, the Upstate of South Carolina has something for everyone.