Oconee County is blessed with warm temperatures and a natural world that buds anew every spring!
Normally this time of year we highlight all sorts of outdoor adventure opportunities and welcome tourists who flock to the area to enjoy our rivers, lakes and waterfalls. But this spring, in the wake of the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak, Oconee County is experiencing shutdown and closures similar to places across the country.
We want to inform you that South Carolina State Parks and Oconee County Parks are closed through April 30th. Facilities in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District are closed. Whitewater rafting outfitters on the Chattooga River have delayed operations until further notice.
Even though we can’t promote the area the way we’re used to, these suggestions might help clear your mind, keep your sanity, and feel normal for awhile if you’re visiting during this time:
- Spend the afternoon hiking along the banks of the Chattooga River
- Park at Bull Sluice parking lot (border of SC and GA) and walk 1/4 mile to see the untamed river from the large boulders or nice sandy beach area
- Leisurely float down Section 2 of the Chattooga River
- Go fishing on the Chauga River or Section 1 of the Chattooga River
- Take a driving tour to see trees budding out and wildflowers blooming (Hwy. 107, Hwy. 130 or Hwy. 28)
- Travel backroads like Burrells Ford down to the Hwy. 28 bridge which crosses the Chattooga river
- Take a driving tour to view places along the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. View suggested UHQT itineraries.