The view from Jumping Off Rock has to be one of the best panoramas you can find in South Carolina. Standing on top of a 300' rock cliff looking over Lake Jocassee you can see the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. Jumping Off Rock used to be a popular repelling site and once I saw the Army Rangers training here.
Jumping Off Rock is closed to the public now since a mating couple of Peregrine Falcons have decided to call the rock cliff home and have been nesting there for two seasons now.
A new overlook has been constructed a hundred yards or so away that still offers unbelievable views and is much safer than Jumping Off Rock itself. if you are lucky perhaps the Peregrine Falcons will come out and show you some high speed areal maneuvers they are known for.
You can access the Jumping Off Rock overlook from Horse Pasture Rd. This is a rough gravel road and while you don't need four wheel drive, it is a good idea to have a vehicle with high ground clearance like an SUV or pickup. The overlook is nine miles off 178 near Rocky Bottom and depending on the condition of the road you will probably not be able to go over 10~15 MPH, but there are many great views along the way. Just watch out for mountain bikers, dirt bikes, and four wheelers.
Horse Pasture Road is open to foot traffic, mountain bikes or horseback all year, but is only open to vehicle traffic from Sept. 15 through Jan. 1 and again March 20 through May 10.
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