With places starting to open after the shutdown, every city and town is hoping you’ll go there.
But if you all go to the same places, they’ll be too crowded as usual. Visit Oconee SC instead!

image of Visit Oconee logoWhy Visit Oconee SC?

Oconee 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 great lake, come hop in!  Two of our recent blog articles highlight Lake Jocassee: Lake Jocassee is open! and Lake Jocassee on a budget.

Riversphoto of raft on the Chattooga River

It’s whitewater season on the Chattooga River. Wildwater Lt. starts guided rafting trips beginning May 15, 2020. They have reopening guidelines in time to make summer plans!  Wildwater has on-site lodging for a stay and play experience.

WaterfallsUp close photo of yellow branch falls

Mountain terrain and granite outcroppings created a high concentration of waterfalls in the area. NOTE: If you’re planning to visit Yellow Branch Falls, try somewhere else.  The trail and falls are overcrowded and not conducive to social distancing.

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!

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, new wine bars, and more. Stay 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 out and play!

* 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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