Opportunities galore for exploring outdoors…

In Oconee County, SC the great outdoors includes access to 200+ miles of trails, 29 waterfalls, 200,000 acres of Sumter National Forest, 4 lakes, 4 state parks and 3 county parks!

Travel Tip:


Especially if you are coming to enjoy a day on Lake Jocassee or Lake Keowee.

Parking at lake public access points is limited.

Devils Fork State Park–the only public access for Lake Jocassee–is a very popular destination.  Depending on the season, the parking lot gets full early in the day.  If you’re not there by 9:30AM, you will likely be turned away.

Roads near Lake Keowee have been experiencing heavy traffic.  We strongly discourage parking in private neighborhoods along the lake.

Note: The restaurants listed below offer outside seating.


313 Cafe

Serving locally sourced ingredients, cocktails, coffee, smoothies, juices, craft beers, select wines and pre-prohibition style cocktails. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday – Saturday.


Bad Creek Spur Trail

Salem, SC
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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.


Bee Cove Falls

Salem, SC
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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


Belle’s Bistro

Located at Chattooga Belle Farm. Appetizers, soups, salads, specialty sandwiches and homemade desserts. HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday from 11am-2pm.


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


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.


Blue Ridge Guide Service

Lake Jocassee
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Owned and operated by Keith Courtney. He has been fishing Lake Jocassee since 1986 and guiding since 1990. Whether you request a touring trip or a trophy trout fishing trip, Blue Ridge Guide Service has the equipment and experience to make your trip memorable.


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.
photo of brasstown falls


Brasstown Falls

Four falls ranging from 20ft. to 40ft. The trails have been updated and are more accessible. New steps along the trail have been added along with several viewing platforms. The left trail to the upper falls has a family friendly short hike with bridge over the creek. Good swimming holes at both ends of the trail. Brasstown Creek BBQ is a great place to eat Fri. or Sat. 4-9pm (cash only). GPS Coordinates Parking Area: N 34.71908 W 083.30158


Bull Sluice

Bull Sluice is a Class Five rapid on Section III of the Chattooga River. This is a popular place to view rafting trips running the rapid. It’s a short .2 mile hike from the Hwy 76 Chattooga River Access parking lot. Follow the trail downhill to where it forks, and go right along the gravel trail to reach a viewing area. Depending on your mobility level, you can walk on huge rocks on the side of the river to get a better view. (The left fork takes you to a beach downstream of the rapid.)
image of sign for Burrells Ford Campground


Burrells Ford Campground

Campground offers campsites, pit toilet, picnic tables and fire rings (no electricity or water available). It’s a 1/4 mile walk for sites along the Chattooga River. From campsites it’s pretty easy to hike and see the impressive King Creek Falls. Burrells Ford is a good base camp location for day hiking and exploring the Ellicott Rock Wilderness. Campground is open year round and no charge.


Cabana Lake Keowee

Near Lighthouse Lake Keowee. Serves lunch, dinner & drinks. Brunch, burgers and sandwiches. Open Seasonally Wednesday – Sunday (Closed Monday & Tuesday).

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