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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Great Falls, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Great Falls and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Great Falls:
    • 34.571571, -80.897921
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Great Falls
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Great Falls ...

We have found seven communities that share the name Great Falls.

Within South Carolina, the name Great Falls is unique.

Beyond South Carolina, we know of another seven communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these seven communities, six are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Maine
      • Androscoggin County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Maine community of Great Falls [Androscoggin County].
      • Cumberland County
      • This community is historic<2> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Maine community of Great Falls [Cumberland County].
    • Manitoba
      • This Great Falls lies 1,334 miles [2,146.9 km]<3> to the north northwest of the Great Falls that is located in Chester County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Great Falls
    • Maryland
      • Montgomery County
      • This Great Falls is located in Montgomery County and lies 366 miles [589 km]<3> to the north northeast of the Great Falls that is located in Chester County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Great Falls
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Montgomery County community of Great Falls.
    • Montana
      • Cascade County
      • This Great Falls is located in Cascade County and lies 1,801 miles [2,898.4 km]<3> to the northwest of the Great Falls that is located in Chester County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Great Falls
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cascade County community of Great Falls.
    • New York
      • Greene County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the New York community of Great Falls [Greene County].
    • Virginia
      • Fairfax County
      • This Great Falls is located in Fairfax County and lies 364 miles [585.8 km]<3> to the north northeast of the Great Falls that is located in Chester County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Great Falls
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fairfax County community of Great Falls.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Great Falls ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Anvil Rock [Lancaster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anvil Rock
    • Anvil Rock [Lancaster County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<3> to the east of Great Falls
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Anvil Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anvil Rock
  • Bell Town [Lancaster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bell Town
    • Bell Town [Lancaster County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<3> to the northeast of Great Falls
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bell Town have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bell Town
  • Bucklick [Fairfield County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bucklick
    • Bucklick [Fairfield County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<3> to the south of Great Falls
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bucklick have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bucklick
  • Crocketts Crossroad [Lancaster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crocketts Crossroad
    • Crocketts Crossroad [Lancaster County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<3> to the northeast of Great Falls
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crocketts Crossroad have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crocketts Crossroad
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    • Dutchman Creek [Fairfield County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dutchman Creek
      • Dutchman Creek [Fairfield County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<3> to the south of Great Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dutchman Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dutchman Creek
    • Erwin [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Erwin
      • Erwin [Lancaster County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<3> to the northeast of Great Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Erwin have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Erwin
    • Fort Lawn [Chester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Lawn
      • Fort Lawn [Chester County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<3> to the north of Great Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 889 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Lawn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Lawn<5>
    • Fudges [Chester County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fudges
      • Fudges [Chester County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<3> to the north of Great Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fudges have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Grace [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grace
      • Grace [Lancaster County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<3> to the north of Great Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grace have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grace
    • Green Peach Orchard [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Peach Orchard
      • Green Peach Orchard [Lancaster County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<3> to the northeast of Great Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Peach Orchard have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Peach Orchard
    • Irwin [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Irwin
      • Irwin [Lancaster County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<3> to the northeast of Great Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Irwin have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Irwin
    • Jones Crossroads [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jones Crossroads
      • Jones Crossroads [Lancaster County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<3> to the northeast of Great Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jones Crossroads have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jones Crossroads
    • Kingsbury [Lancaster County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kingsbury
      • Kingsbury [Lancaster County] was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<3> to the southeast of Great Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kingsbury have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Lake View [Chester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake View
      • Lake View [Chester County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<3> to the north of Great Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake View have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake View
    • Liberty Hill [Kershaw County]
    • Springs Park [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springs Park
      • Springs Park [Lancaster County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<3> to the north of Great Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Springs Park have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springs Park

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Great Falls. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • Tom Addison     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Lancaster (SC) on April 12, 1936 (a Sunday) and died in Bluffton (SC) on June 14, 2011 (a Tueday) at the age of 75. He is buried at Lancaster Memorial Park (Lancaster County, South Carolina).
      • Lancaster is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast of Great Falls.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tom Addison<6>
    • Lawrence Eugene 'Larry' Doby     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Camden (SC) on December 13, 1923 (a Thursday) and died in Montclair (NJ) on June 18, 2003 (a Wednesday) at the age of 79. The body was cremated.
      • Camden is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of Great Falls.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lawrence Eugene 'Larry' Doby<6>
    • Spencer Gettys     (Negro League Baseball)
    • Andrew Jackson     (7th President of the US (1829 - 1837))
      • 7th President of the US (1829 - 1837). He was born in Waxhaw (NC) on March 15, 1767 (a Sunday) and died in Hermitage (TN) on June 8, 1845 (a Sunday) at the age of 78.
      • Waxhaw is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Great Falls.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Jackson<6>
    • George F. McCorkle     (Musician)
    • Nina Mae McKinney     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Lancaster (SC) on June 12, 1912 (a Wednesday) and died in New York (NY) on May 3, 1967 (a Wednesday) at the age of 54. She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx County, New York).
      • Lancaster is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast of Great Falls.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nina Mae McKinney<6>
    • Aaron Andrew Robinson     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Lancaster (SC) on June 23, 1915 (a Wednesday) and died in Lancaster (SC) on March 9, 1966 (a Wednesday) at the age of 50.
      • Lancaster is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast of Great Falls.
      • Lancaster is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast of Great Falls.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Aaron Andrew Robinson<6>

How Far From Great Falls to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Great Falls to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Great Falls and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Chester, which is the Seat of Chester County and lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<3> to the west northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Great Falls to Chester, with an average speed<7> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
    • Columbia, which is the State Capital of South Carolina, lies 40 miles [64.4 km] to the south southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 367 miles [590.6 km] to the north northeast (NNE). Driving would take 6 hours, a buggy would take 15 days and walking would take 21 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,252 miles [10,061.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,948 miles [11,181.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,828 miles [7,769.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of South Carolina

About Chester County

About South Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Great Falls. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Great Falls could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Great Falls, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Great Falls) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Great Falls. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Great FallsOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Great Falls. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5716, Longitude: -80.8979    
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<7>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<8>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Great Falls to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.251 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.491 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.717 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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