The Great Falls area is considered one of the crown jewels of the Catawba River. It is an undeveloped, pristine area, halfway between urbanized Charlotte and Columbia. Several tracts of land have been purchased and will be managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for total public access for South Carolinians. A state park is planned which will encompass five islands along the river, created when the Catawba was originally dammed. There will be boundless opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing. The land is also a haven for many species of birds, including osprey, eagles, herons, egrets and vultures. Conservation Bank funds were instrumental in preserving this special place for both man and nature.
A map for the Great Falls Natural Area Project has been provided in Google Map format.