I was recently privileged to go on a special hike of the Cleveland Tract and Wilson Farm properties organized by Upstate Forever. These lands are still privately held and are not open to the public. Among other things, we saw the aftermath of several recent landslides caused (in part) by the wet weather that has saturated the area in the past months.

From the Upstate Forever website:

"When combined, these two magnificent properties make up an 858-acre missing link in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area in northern Greenville County. These two spectacular tracts, adjacent to Jones Gap State Park, contain a stunning array of features and resources, including Headforemost Falls (arguably the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi), rich hardwood forests, diverse wildlife habitat, spectacular views of “Pretty Place” at Camp Greenville, and the pristine Middle Saluda River. Both the Cleveland Tract and Wilson Farms were protected using funds from the South Carolina Conservation Bank."

If you look up the creek toward the mountain, you can just see a bald spot that was the starting point of this slide. Click the image below to launch the VR viewer. Use your back button to come back here.

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Landslide Aftermath - Cleveland tract near Jones Gap State Park - Marietta, SC