But this was in the rain-soaked southeast, in the Mountain Bridges Wilderness Area in South Carolina. The Middle Saluda Scenic River cuts a gorge as it flows away from Caesar's Head State Park and through Jones Gap State Park. I'd heard about the spectacular waterfalls and miles and miles of inner-connected trails, so even though it was a long drive, I finally decided to get a (required) reservation for a backcountry campsite. A few days before, flooding and mudslides closed most of the trails. However, the park rangers said my campsite was still accessible, so, with more thunderstorms in the forecast, I headed out for an overnight with my friend Still Waters.
|Blue skies before the storm. From the top of Caesar's Head, a granitic gneiss outcrop|
|Dargon's Cascade before|
|Dargon's Cascade after|
|Campsite #14 on the Jones Gap Trail|
|The next day, water levels were down again.|
|200-foot Raven's Cliff Falls.|