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Old 11-29-2017, 01:58 PM
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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I would say the drive on Highway 25 between Greenville and I-26 is more scenic than I-26 near Hendersonville up to Asheville which is more flat.

It is my understanding that Kevin Costner used to own a house off 25 between Greenville and I-26 in that Cliffs community.
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Old 11-29-2017, 05:28 PM
Location: Greenville, SC
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Originally Posted by Lizap View Post
Other than downtown? I doubt most who live there frequent downtown on a frequent basis.
I go downtown 3-4 days a week as do several of my friends, and they live mostly in Simpsonville, one near Paris Mountain.
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Old 11-29-2017, 06:56 PM
Location: Greenville, SC
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Matter of opinion...we have visited both extensively for many years and love both. The blue ridge mountains may be at a lower elevation, but are much greener and lush. Very beautiful...
The Appalachians are the remnant of a chain that was once as high as the Rockies or the Alps. They're worn down because they're hundreds of millions of years old. Their beauty is that of an ancient and worn thing -- the Rockies are brash and young.

They have their own kind of unique beauty - and the highest peaks at 6000 feet plus are nothing to sneeze at. What's unique about them are the ecosystems: as you ascend them you're moving from a Southern hardwood forest to evergreen forests more typical of Canada at the tops, down to the smaller plants and wildlife. Many species of trees and other plants reach their largest size in the Smokies. The only forests on the planet comparable to the hardwood forests of the Smokies are certain ancient forests in China. There's nothing like hiking through a tunnel cut through huge blooming rhododendrons, with the canopy towering far overhead. Or the yearly synchronized firefly display at Elkmont - something that's rare and that I don't think occurs elsewhere in the U.S. (seeing it's on my bucket list). The southern Appalachians also are home to temperate rain forests - the only other ones in North American are in Washington.

You're not going to find those things in the Rockies.

Synchronous Fireflies – Smokies Guide
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