If you’re planning where and when to get away this summer, come on over and Visit Oconee SC!

image of Visit Oconee logoOconee County is a bit of a hidden gem located in the northwestern corner of South Carolina, a short drive from major metropolitan cities*.

The best reason to visit is for the absolutely breathtaking lakes, rivers, and waterfalls!

Specifically: Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee, Lake Hartwell, Lake Tugalo, Chattooga River, Chauga River, the thousands of acres of national forest, the dozens of waterfall hikes and mountain biking trails.

Popular Destinations

Lakesphoto of kayakers on lake jocassee

If you love a day on a beautiful lake, come hop in!  These articles highlight Lake Jocassee: Destination Oconee: Lake Jocassee and Lake Jocassee on a budget.

Lake Jocassee seems to get the most attention, but we’re fortunate to have 4 lakes, and each of them are something special! Read more about all of our lakes here.

Riversphoto of raft on the Chattooga River

It’s whitewater season on the Chattooga River. Three companies operate guided rafting trips down Section III and Section IV. The Chattooga is also a popular destination for people looking to do their own private trips. Learn more about Chattooga River Rafting. If you want a stay and play experience, here’s a listing of lodging near the river.

WaterfallsUp close photo of yellow branch falls

Our mountain terrain and granite outcroppings mean there’s a high concentration of waterfalls to be found in the area. There are dozens of cool waterfalls you can access on foot.

NOTE: Yellow Branch Falls, is one of our most popular waterfalls. The trail to it, and rocks at the base of the falls tend to get overcrowded on weekends. We suggest choosing a different destination for your waterfall adventure. View them all here.


Visitors consider it a good thing that places are often well off the beaten paths.

When you venture to waterfalls, hike the trails, or visit Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park, you’ll experience nature away from sprawl and congestion. This is a great place to unplug for a while. Do something active and heart pumping or take it easy. Just be happy being free in the great outdoors!

Shop, Eat & Drink

While you’re here, get a taste for small town livin’ Oconee style. Our historic towns are quaint and offer small, unique shops, yummy dining, local breweries, wine bars, and more.


As long as you can! Our vacation lodging options include B&Bs, lake houses, loft spaces, private cabins, cottages, yurts, treehouses, horse camping, tent campgrounds, RV sites, and more.

Rest assured, businesses in Oconee County, SC are deploying social distancing practices to keep you safe while you’re here and to ensure you go home healthy.

Come on over!

* Approximate drive times from regional metropolitan areas

  • From Greenville, SC: 50 minutes
  • From Columbia, SC: 2.5 hours
  • From Charlotte, NC: 3 hours
  • From Atlanta, GA: 2 hours
  • From Charleston, SC: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • From Raleigh-Durham, NC: 5 hours

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