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Outdoor Destination: The Thompson River


July 17, 2017

Courtesy Photo

Rich Falls is located below Big Falls on the Thompson River. The pool at the bottom of the falls makes for the perfect plunge. Big Falls (pictured below) requires a short hike that's well worth the trip. Just a mile in on an old jeep road, this waterfall sees few visitors. (Photos courtesy of Kevin Adams Photography

This week's Outdoor destination is two waterfalls, Big Falls and Rich Falls on the Thompson River.

The Thompson River is located in the Jocassee Gorges area, and is about an hour drive from Brevard.

The river itself is one of the four main river's that make up the Gorges area. Each of the rivers empties into Lake Jocassee.

Lake Jocassee, and the Jocassee Gorges management area, received its name after a Cherokee tale about a native woman who was a member of one of two rival tribes. "Jocassee" means "place of the lost one."

The story goes that the woman found a member of the other tri...

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