Crappie anglers from across the nation will descend on Anderson’s Lake Hartwell shores Friday and Saturday, with amateur and professional division competitions with a payout total of $165,000. Weigh-ins will be hosted at Green Pond Landing at 4 p.m. following fishing hours from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A free fishing rodeo for kids will rope anglers age 12 and under into the competition on Saturday at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the chance to win $1,000 in scholarship money.
Meetup hikes hosted on Foothill Trail and to Opossum Creek Falls
If the leaves aren’t doing it for you in the Piedmont, you can take a trek into the high country with two Upstate Meetup groups. On Friday from 9 a.m. to Sunday at 11 a.m., Blue Ridge Backpackers will host a beginner pack trip on part of South Carolina’s Foothill Trail. Only members who join the group via meetup.com can participate.
For those with a day to spare, the Greenville Natural History Association will take on the Long Long Creek trail along the Chattooga River on Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The group plans on catching sight of Opossum Creek Falls and swimming in the pool at the fall’s base. Hikers will meet in Westminster at 9:45 a.m.
Tigers celebrating the Clemson vs. Syracuse game from afar get their tailgating lunch in at a bazaar and artisan market hosted by Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish, located off 193 Old Clemson Highway in Clemson. On Saturday at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., plants, gift baskets and baked goods will be for sale alongside local craftsmanship in a benefit for local charities. The tailgating lunch includes grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, cole slaw, fruit salad, grilled cheese and soup.
The Foothills Trail Conservancy will host a night hike on the peak of Sassafras Mountain this weekend, joined by local astronomers able to point out planets, constellations and other sights in the twilight sky. The hike is on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For a hike closer to home, the Greenville Bird Club will host two walks in the Conestee Nature Preserve to catch sight of feathered friends on Saturday. The long walk will last from 7 a.m. to noon, starting at the park’s baseball stadium, while the short walk will last from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., starting at the Spanco Drive parking area near the old Conestee Mill.