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The Farmhouse Coffee Exchange

Seneca, SC
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The Farmhouse Coffee Exchange

Casual cozy coffee shop in Applewood Shopping Center. In the same building as the post office.

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313 Cafe

Seneca, SC
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313 Cafe

Serving locally roasted coffee, food, smoothies, juices, craft beers, select wines and pre-prohibition style cocktails. Music on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Bad Creek Spur Trail

Salem, SC
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Bad Creek Spur Trail

This easy 0.8-mile spur trail provides a connection to the Whitewater River, the Foothills Trail, Coon Branch Trail, and to Lower Whitewater Falls (via the Foothills Trail). Enter the gate to Duke Energy's Bad Creek Hydro Station on SC 130, and proceed two miles down to the marked entrance to the large trailhead parking area. Fishing, but no camping, is allowed along the Whitewater River. A designated campsite is 0.5 miles past junction with the river.

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Bee Cove Falls

Salem, SC
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Bee Cove Falls

Remote multi-tiered falls is a difficult 2-3 hour hike, but worth the effort! Directions/GPS N 34.98149 W 083.06280 –NORTH from Walhalla on Hwy. 28. –BEAR RIGHT Hwy. 107 –12.5 miles PARK on left. –WALK 150 yards on right to FS 702 –Roadbed goes along creekside. –BEAR RIGHT at 3-way intersection. –FOLLOW less defined path & sounds to waterfalls. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.98149 W 083.062800

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Big Bend Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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Big Bend Falls

Largest vertical drop of the Chattooga River is a sight to see with a 30 ft. drop. It is a difficult 3 hour walk that we recommend for adventurous, expert hikers. GPS Coordinates to parking area: N 34.97128 W 083.11465

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Big Bend Trail

Mountain Rest, SC
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Big Bend Trail

This 2.7-mile, out-and-back trail begins a the Cherry Hill Recreation Area and eventually ends at a junction with the Foothills Trail along the Chattooga River. An adventurous scramble on an unmaintained trail along the river affords views of 30-ft. Big Bend Falls, the largest drop on the Chattooga River.

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Blue Ridge Railroad Trail

Walhalla, SC
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Blue Ridge Railroad Trail

Trail follows the railroad bed of an incomplete section of the 19th century Blue Ridge Railroad where you can see three abandoned tunnels. The moderate to strenuous trail is 2.5 miles one-way. Trail head is located in Stumphouse Park, at the top of the Issaqueena Falls parking lot, and takes you through the forest with amazing views of the upstate.

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Brasstown Falls

Long Creek, SC
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Brasstown Falls

Four falls ranging from 20ft. to 40ft. The trail to the right is a difficult and dangerous hike, not for novice hikers. Requires climbing down an unmarked but worn trail; crossing through a narrow, shallow stream; then short walk to falls. The left trail is a more family friendly short hike. Good swimming holes at both ends of the trail. Brasstown Creek BBQ is a great place to eat Fri. or Sat. 4-9pm. GPS Coordinates Parking Area: N 34.71908 W 083.30158

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Chattooga Belle Farm

454 Damascus Church Rd, Long Creek, SC
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Chattooga Belle Farm

Located high up on a water tower, this mural compliments the natural beauty of the farm while highlighting some of the fruits grown there. Aerosol, 2020.

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Chattooga River – Section 1

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Chattooga River – Section 1

Section 1 is the West Fork of the Chattooga River. It's a 6-mile stretch that is ideal for tubing and Class II float trips.

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Chattooga River – Section 2

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Chattooga River – Section 2

Section 2 is a good beginner whitewater section with class I and II rapids. This 7 mile run is a good day trip with opportunities to stop and picnic on large boulders, or stop to fish for trout. The Chattooga has excellent opportunities for fishing, camping, and hiking.

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Chattooga Trail

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Chattooga Trail

15.5 mile trail that runs parallel to the famous Chattooga River, and shares 8.5 miles with the Foothills Trail. It passes through some of the finest wilderness in South Carolina. The northern terminus of the Chattooga Trail is Ellicott Rock, where Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina meet. Waterfall lovers shouldn’t miss this trail, since you can see King Creek, Spoonauger, Big Bend, Pigpen and Licklog Falls at points along the trail.

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Chattooga Trails Bed & Barn

Mountain Rest, SC
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Chattooga Trails Bed & Barn

Variety of lodging for people and their horse companions. Main house guest rooms, Hunters Hideout basement apartment, RV sites with full hook ups and Sheep Wagon glamping. For horses: paddocks, pasture, barn, or tied up at a hitching post beside RV sites. Ride out from the property 1.5 miles to the Rocky Gap Trail System where you can ride for miles. Trails lead to the Chattooga River and cross into GA. Come back and end your evening by the campfire in the quiet setting.

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Chauga Narrows

Mountain Rest, SC
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Chauga Narrows

Located on the Chauga River, view of the narrow 25 ft. high falls. A moderate hike. Great picnic spot and swimming along the river. For best viewing of falls, some climbing over rocks is required. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.83332 W 083.17399

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Chauga River

Mountain Rest, SC
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Chauga River

A 31 mile long tributary of the Tugaloo River that flows south to Lake Hartwell. The Chauga River offers much of the same scenic beauty and cool waters found nearby on the Chattooga River. Anglers like the Chauga River and often catch rainbow trout, brown trout, chubs, and redeye bass. Depending on the water level, sections of the Chauga are popular for whitewater kayaking. Good access and parking are available off Cassidy Bridge Road in Mountain Rest.

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Cheohee or Miuka Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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Cheohee or Miuka Falls

A 75 ft. waterfall on Townes Creek easily viewed with a 45-minute hike. This is one of two falls you can reach by hiking the Winding Stairs Trail, the other being Secret Falls. Go north from Walhalla on Hwy 28, bear right on Hwy 107 for 8 miles. Follow signs for Winding Stairs Trail which turns right in .2 miles, make a sharp left and continue 1/3 miles to clearing and hear the falls. Hike through foliage to creek. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.94220 W 083.08975

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East Fork Trail

Mountain Rest, S
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East Fork Trail

Beginning at the picnic area adjacent to the Walhalla Fish Hatchery, this 2.5-mile trail is an easy hike along the bank of the scenic, fast moving east fork of the Chattooga River. The trail will take you down to the river. Beginning or ending the hike at Burrell's Ford adds and additional 2.1 miles.

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Ellicott Rock Wilderness

South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia
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Ellicott Rock Wilderness

Ellicott Rock Wilderness was established by Congress in 1975. Encompassing 8.296 acres, this wilderness spreads across the corners of SC, NC, and GA. It also straddles the 15,432-acre Chattooga River Wild and Scenic Corridor. The steep terrain of the Ellicott Rock Wilderness offers numerous mountains and waterfalls to explore. There are several access points where you can enter the wilderness area including Burrell's Ford Rd. & the Foothills Trail off Hwy. 107 in Mountain Rest, SC.

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Fall Creek Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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Fall Creek Falls

Multiple falls range from 30 to 40 ft. within a 1-mile stretch. A long, steep, but not dangerous 2-mile hike made more difficult during spring and summer by foliage. Best viewing is in winter. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.82246 W 083.25079

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Fork Mountain Trail

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Fork Mountain Trail

6.4 mile trail, a spur of the Foothills Trail, starts in SC at the Sloan Bridge Picnic Area and ends in NC where it joins the Bad Creek Trail in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area. From there the trail eventually joins the Chattooga Trail and continues to Burrell's Ford. The trail weaves along the northern flanks of Fork Mountain through numerous coves and ravines. At the junction with Bad Creek Trail you can return, or extend your hike 1.3 miles to historic Ellicott Rock.

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Hidden Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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Hidden Falls

Near the head of the Foothills Trail, this 50 ft. waterfall over granite ledges can be reached with a moderate, one-hour hike. Best show of waterfall occurs after a rain. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.863309 W 083.09820

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High Falls County Park

Seneca, SC
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High Falls County Park

46 acre park located on the shores of beautiful Lake Keowee. There are 91 campsites with 10 being waterfront; two boat ramps; 3 rental buildings/shelters; playground; picnic tables with charcoal grills; swimming area; restroom; miniature golf; tennis and basketball courts; volleyball; fishing pier and more. $3 park entry for cars; $5 fee for boats and trailers.

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Hogs & Hops

Seneca, SC
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Hogs & Hops

Family owned restaurant at the end of Ram Cat Alley serving BBQ in unusual ways. Homemade specials and desserts too. Outdoor seating and customers are welcome to BYOB from neighbor Brews on the Alley. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:00AM-8:00pm.

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Humble Pie

Long Creek, SC
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Humble Pie

The restaurant has a new owner. Pizza, appetizers, sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, beer. HOURS: Sun. - Thurs. 11am - 8pm; Friday & Saturday 11am - 9pm. Live music Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

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King Creek Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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King Creek Falls

This 70 ft. tumble through a laurel-choked gorge is one of the best to view. Easy to moderate 30-minute hike that is sometimes slippery. Trail is well marked, with restrooms at the trail head. Family friendly beautiful sight. Kids can play in the pool at the base of the falls. You can hike the look and view the river. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.97128 W 083.11465

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Lake Hartwell

Fair Play, SC
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Lake Hartwell

Lake Hartwell is a reservoir bordering Georgia and South Carolina and is created by Hartwell Dam. One of the southeast’s largest and most popular recreation lakes, LAKE HARTWELL comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles. Highway I-85 bisects Hartwell Lake and makes the area easily accessible to visitors.

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Lake Hartwell State Park

Fair Play, SC
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Lake Hartwell State Park

Just off of I-85, at the South Carolina-Georgia border, you’ll find Lake Hartwell State Park. Thanks to 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell, fishing in this area is renowned by anglers across the state. Attractions: Unique Single Room Camper Cabins, 128 Camping Sites, 1 Picnic Shelter Building, 2 Boat Ramp, Basketball Court, Swimming and Hiking.

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Lake Tugalo

Long Creek, SC
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Lake Tugalo

This little known 575-acre lake in the mountainous region of Oconee County is fed by the Chattooga and Tallulah Rivers. Backed up by the Tugalo dam, the lake is a peaceful spot to paddle and a great place for fishermen. Motorboat access to the lake is restricted to motors below 20 hp, ensuring a peaceful outing. Several small waterfalls tumble into this scenic lake, which is surrounded by the forest covered foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Laurel Fork Falls

Salem, SC
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Laurel Fork Falls

Consider visiting the falls by boat instead of hiking. Witnessing the 80 ft. high falls from a boat in the waters of Lake Jocassee is a one-of-a-kind experience. There are several other falls to be viewed on the lake including Wrights Creek and Mill Creek Falls. For lake access, enter at Devils Fork State Park. Boat rentals and guided tours are available. If you opt to hike, it's 16 miles round trip. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 35 02.938 W 82 48.828

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Lee Falls

Tamassee, SC
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Lee Falls

A bit hard to find, but one of Oconee's most picturesque falls is on Tamassee Creek. No official trail makes this a challenging hike. Best visibility in wintertime. No swimming. Last 1/4 mile is difficult with lots of boulder climbing. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.89344 W 83.08131. Waterfall coordinates: N 34.89428 W 83.10191

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Long Creek Falls

Long Creek, SC
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Long Creek Falls

A 50-foot waterfall on its namesake creek just before it flows into the Chattooga River. The 1.6 mile unofficial trail is moderately difficult and not well-marked. The last 150 ft. is very steep making it a challenge to climb out. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.77767 W 083.31212. Paddlers and rafters going down the Chattooga River can view this waterfall from the water.

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Longnose Falls

Westminster, SC
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Longnose Falls

Only a few ruins of an old mill remain at the base of this beautiful waterfall. Best accessed by canoe or small boat from Lake Hartwell. Located Near Hwy. 123 at the GA/SC line. On the SC side follow River road north to the third bridge. Paddle up the creek until you reach the falls.

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Lower Whitewater Falls

Salem, SC
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Lower Whitewater Falls

A dramatic 200 ft. drop, these falls are the highest in eastern America. The Lower Falls (in South Carolina) is about half-mile down the Whitewater River from the Upper Falls (in North Carolina). The trail to the overlook is a dangerous 1.7 mile trek. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 35.01246 W 082.99911

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Mayberry’s

Seneca, SC
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Mayberry’s

New Seneca location for this restaurant that moved from Clemson. Simply good food in a comfortable atmosphere. Menu features: sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, vegetarian, homemade sides and yummy desserts. Open 7 days. Weekend breakfast served Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Mill Creek Falls

Salem, SC
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Mill Creek Falls

Located on Lake Jocassee, this waterfall is only accessible by boat. Launch from Devils Fork State Park. For exact location of the falls, stop by the Devils Fork Ranger Station for map and detailed directions. GPS coordinates for Devils Fork State Park: N 34.952139 W 82.946134

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Mountain Mocha

Walhalla, SC
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Mountain Mocha

Coffee house and sweet shop. Serving sandwiches, soups, baked goods and desserts. They have a selection of locally made gift items and often feature live music. Open Monday - Saturday.

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N the Midst Ice Cream

Seneca, SC
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N the Midst Ice Cream

Fresh hand made ice cream frozen with liquid nitrogen and flavored to your liking. Open everyday.

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Oconee Bells Nature Trail

Salem, SC
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Oconee Bells Nature Trail

This easy, 1-mile loop within Devils Fork State Park gets its name from a rare wildflower that has gorgeous white blooms in the early spring. Many native plant species are identified with markers along the trail. The trailhead is behind the bark office and has an informative kiosk at the beginning of the trail.

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Oconee Station State Historic Site

Walhalla, SC
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Oconee Station State Historic Site

Built around 1792 during tensions between white settlers and Creek Indians, the Oconee Station itself was once one in a string of small frontier posts garnished by state militia. It was the last of its kind when it was decommissioned and the troops left in 1799. Its 20-inch stone walls are still standing today. Also on the site is the William Richards House built in 1805. It served as a private residence for 150 years. Site features picnicking, fishing and trail access to Station Cove Falls.

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Opossum Creek Falls

Long Creek, SC
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Opossum Creek Falls

The two-hour hike to this 50-ft. cascade is not dangerous, but quite strenuous. Nice picnic area and swimming in the Chattooga River. Best views when leaves are off trees or from May-June when the Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel are in bloom. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.77332 W 083.30361

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Paesano’s Italian Restaurant

Seneca, SC
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Paesano’s Italian Restaurant

Italian dishes, steaks and fresh fish. Nightly features. Pizza and calzones. Covered patio dining. Open for dinner Tuesday - Saturday (closed Sunday & Monday).

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Palmetto Trail – Oconee Passage

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Palmetto Trail – Oconee Passage

The Oconee Passage is a moderate to difficult 3.2 mile trail along an old roadbed that pinches into a path along the mountain ridge line. Once the Palmetto Trail is complete, this trail will end in Walhalla, but for now you can start from either Oconee State Park (Mountain Rest) or Oconee Station (Walhalla). The Oconee Passage is steeply uphill from Oconee Station. Mountain bikes are allowed on the Oconee Passage.

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Peace of Pie on Hartwell

Fair Play, SC
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Peace of Pie on Hartwell

Pizza, calzones, salads, wings, burgers, beer. Open Tuesday - Saturday.

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Pigpen Falls & Licklog Falls

Mountain Rest, SC
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Pigpen Falls & Licklog Falls

Perfect falls for a young family. An easy one-hour hike to two sets of falls 1/4 mile apart. Pigpen will be the first falls on the left with a great swimming hole. Licklog is a short distance further on the right, and a little more difficult to view if leaves are out. Continue on the trail a few more minutes to the Chattooga River. Nice place to swim and picnic. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.91905 W 083.12020

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Presst Food & Wine

Seneca, SC
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Presst Food & Wine

Lunch served Monday-Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm. Wholesome soup, sandwiches, wraps, salads and bowls.

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Puerto Nuevo

Westminster, SC
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Puerto Nuevo

Mexican restaurant serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

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Ramsey Creek Falls

Westminster, SC
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Ramsey Creek Falls

Beautiful 40ft. cascade over large boulders where Ramsey Creek and Chauga River meet. The falls is located inside Chau Ram County Park where a $3 parking fee applies. Lower parking lot provides roadside viewing. Good wading pond at foot of falls. Excellent swimming just a short, easy walk from the falls on well-marked and partially paved trail. Great place to camp and picnic. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.68171 W 083.14542

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Riley Moore Falls

Westminster, SC
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