Fun Father’s Day Activities You Can Do With Dad

No matter your dad’s age, interests, or hobbies, these suggestions for spending time with him offer experiences that will create many great memories.

Stay in a yurt

picture of a yurtIf dad’s game for an entire weekend out of town, you should think about staying somewhere out of the ordinary. Why not rent a yurt at Wildwater Chattooga Ridge Adventure Center in Long Creek. These round bunkhouses are neat, economical, and memorable. They include a communal kitchen, bathhouse, fire ring, and sleep 4 and 12 people. Wildwater has additional lodging options, including brand new 2-bedroom cottages and a 1-bedroom treehouse.

Go rafting

If your dad is the adventurous type, he might love a day whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River.  Section IV is a high adventure for anyone age 13 or older. Section III is more laid back and enjoyable if younger kids are in your group. This, combined with a yurt stay, would make a great Father’s Day adventure vacation.

Stay at a bed and barn

Chattooga Trails Bed and Barn pasture viewChattooga Trails Bed & Barn is a terrific destination offering a variety of accommodations and amenities suitable for horsemen and their traveling companions. This wooded retreat offers rental rooms, RV sites, and horse accommodations.  Head out in the morning and ride all day. From the property you and dad can access 30 miles of designated horse trails that are managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Picnic in the park

If your dad enjoys the great outdoors, you can pack a basket with his favorite foods, take a blanket, and head over to one of our incredible parks:

There are a lot of great places and choices for hanging outdoors with your dad for the day.

Get on the lake

Oconee County has some great options for enjoying the water, including:

Depending on what your dad likes to do, you could take him fishing, rent a stand-up paddleboard, cruise around in a boat, take a pontoon boat tour, or swim near the shore.

Go for a hike

If your dad likes to explore, let him choose the path and head out with the family to one of our forested trails, many of which lead to impressive waterfalls. Some hikes are short, and others will have you in the woods all day long so be sure to pack snacks and lots of water.

Go mountain biking

For dads who get a rush speeding through the woods on a bike, Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park is the place to go. Stumphouse contains ten miles of trail with bermed turns, tabletops, gap jumps, rolling grade dips, and boulder fields.

Cool off in a tunnel

A popular destination, Stumphouse Tunnel, is located in Stumphouse Park. It was meant to be a tunnel for trains to go through but was never completed. It’s a bit eerie, but always fun and exciting. Dad will surely be in awe of the men who used their brute strength and black powder to dig through the granite rock back in the 1850s.  Within Stumphouse Park, you’ll be able to take a short hike to view Issaqueena Falls or go for a longer trek along the Blue Ridge Rail Road hiking trail.

Take dad to a wine bar

If dad appreciates fine wine, be the designated driver, and take him to one of our wine bars. Partners in Wine is hosting a Mimosa Sunday Father’s Day brunch featuring JD Hoggs BBQ on June 20, from 11am- 2pm. Another excellent option for wine-loving dads is Appellation Wine in Seneca, where he can sit on the patio and enjoy wine al fresco.  On Saturday, June 19th, they’re hosting a 3rd Year Anniversary Celebration and open house.  Alazan food truck will be on site and the Greenville Jazz Collective will play live music from 6pm-9pm.

Buy him a beer

If you and dad are in Salem, check out Jocassee Valley Brewing Company. Seneca has several places to choose from, including: The Beer Station, Keowee Brewing Company, Brews on the Alley and Pub Blue. West & Co. is a tiny, casual taproom in Walhalla.

Catch dinner together

Take dad fishing on the Chauga River or an upper section of Chattooga River. You’ll likely catch trout, so be ready with ingredients and a recipe to cook it up for dinner. Chattooga River Fly Shop offers fishing gear, fly tying classes  and guide services where they’ll take you and your dad to the river, providing a terrific fly fishing experience.

Take dad to dinner

Maybe you’d rather play it safe and treat your old man to a meal he doesn’t have to work for. If that sounds good to you, there are great places all throughout the county where you can eat some really great food.

Get him tickets to a show

photo of the oak ridge boysWe hope you and your dad can be together this Father’s Day, but if you need to wait a while before seeing each other, consider giving him a gift certificate to be used at a later date. If dad enjoys a good concert, there are lots of upcoming events scheduled at Walhalla Performing Arts Center.