N.O.C. Chattooga Outpost
NOC has been leading trips on the Chattooga river since their company’s inception in 1972. In fact, company founder Payson Kennedy was a stunt double in the movie Deliverance. NOC’s Chattooga guides are among the nation’s most elite whitewater guides. They receive industry-leading training and are equipped with the most modern river equipment.
Founded in 1972 as one of the first whitewater rafting outfitters in the southeast, Southeastern Expeditions was the pioneer in whitewater rafting in the Southern U.S. They offer guided whitewater rafting trips on Section III and Section IV of the Chattooga River.
The Wildwater Team prides themselves on setting a high standard and working hard everyday to exceed expectations. They invest in the best equipment, staff, training and facilities. Their focus is to provide guests with their full attention and desire to make every trip down the river special. Guided rafting trips and zip line canopy tours.
This house is the strongest existing architectural link between the present and Old Pickens. It was built by Pleasant Alexander in 1831, it was located on a plantation at the edge of Old Pickens. From 1828-1868 Old Pickens was the center of government for Pickens District which in 1868 was subdivided into Pickens and Oconee counties.
Andrew Pickens Ranger District
Headquartered at Stumphouse Ranger Station. Andrew Pickens Ranger District is located in Oconee County on more than 85,000 acres in Sumter National Forest. Popular attractions on the district include: hunting, fishing, hiking, fall color sightseeing, camping, horseback riding, and whitewater activities on the wild and scenic Chattooga River.
Arts Off the Alley
An artist cooperative offering locally hand-crafted art, paintings, mixed media, jewelry, wood carvings, vintage, & more. Located in historic downtown Seneca. You’ll find beautiful pieces for your home or office and access to incredible resources like classes, workshops, and events.
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.
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
Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum
Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum is a cultural exhibit museum focusing on the rich, sometimes turbulent history, culture, and contributions of local African-Americans The museum’s exhibits and events blend technology and tradition to create a meaningful and educational experience for all ages. Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum is about people of the past and present whose stories will impact generations.
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 prea: 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 Hole Falls
A series of falls where water rushes 75 ft. down a narrow gap into a blue hole. Moderate 30-minute hike. Requires hiking across the creek and shimmying down to the Blue Hole. Great for swimming. Easy to hike up to the falls but to actually see the falls requires some climbing and agility. GPS coordinates to the parking area: N 34.76171 W 038.18613
Blue Ridge Guide Service
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.
Blueridge 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.
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
Bull Sluice Falls
An easy hike on a well marked trail leads to a 14ft. drop on the Chattooga River with whitewater in action. Fun for watching rafters and kayakers drop over a class IV falls. Family friendly, with restrooms and a beach area for swimming nearby. GPS Coordinates to parking area: N 34.81473 W 083.30512
Chattooga Belle Farm
Chattooga Belle Farm is a 200 acre working farm and event venue. The event barn is the ideal location for weddings, family reunions, and corporate retreats or any special occasion that calls for a setting like no other. Belle's Bistro restaurant serves lunch. Farm Store sells food & gifts. On site Distillery makes small batch spirits.
Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours
Ziplines over Wildwater's Chattooga campus, deep into the peaceful Chattooga Ridge woods and 4 zips over a lake. Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours takes you through multiple ecosystems and into grand old white oak and maple treetops. A perfect intro to the world of zipping ends with exciting zipline water crossings and the 1,200 ft. Bell Tower Express zip! Allow 3 hours for your experience.
The Chattooga River is the boundary between GA & SC. It is nationally designated as Wild and Scenic and is protected from development. Known for whitewater rapids, and meandering, mountainous woodland passage. The lower sections of the Chattooga are considered among the best whitewater in the SE with heart-thumping Class III to Class VI rapids.
Chattooga River – Section 1
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.
Chattooga River – Section 2
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.
Chattooga River – Section 3
Section 3 is a 13-mile beautiful stretch of river with intermediate to advanced whitewater. Its a 4-6 hour trip down river. Section 3 put-in is at Earls Ford, and the take-out is the Highway 76 Bridge. There is 1/4 mile hike in and out of the river. The Chattooga River is under the jurisdiction of the US Forest Service. There is a self-permit system (no fee), where you fill out a form, drop a copy at the box near the put-in and carry the other copy with you down the river.
Chattooga River – Section 4
Section 4 is one of the most well-known sections of whitewater in the U.S. This 8-mile section includes major whitewater including Class IV-V rapids. It takes 4-5 hours to raft or paddle Section 4. Put-in at the Highway 76 Bridge, and take-out at Lake Tugalo. There is 1/4 mile hike to and from the river. The Chattooga River is under the jurisdiction of the US Forest Service. Anyone paddling on the river needs to fill out a permit (at the put-in) prior to getting on the river.
Chattooga River Fly Shop
Full service fly shop located just a few miles from the Chauga & Chattooga Rivers. They have “Hot Flies” and all your fly fishing needs. Guided fly fishing trips, both full & half day, casting lessons & fly tying instruction for the novice to the expert.
Chattooga River Resort & Campground
This 9 room lodge, nestled in the middle of Sumter National Forest, is the perfect hideaway for travelers. Wooded campsites offer a peaceful retreat after a day of outdoor adventures. Chattooga River Resort & Campground is the perfect place for friends and family to gather for all occasions.
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.
Chattooga Whitewater Outfitters
They offer a variety of accommodation options, whitewater equipment rentals and transportation shuttles. Humble Pie restaurant onsite. Services: Whitewater Paddling including rafting, canoeing, kayaking and sit-on-tops Flatwater paddling Fishing guides and equipment Hiking, camping and bird watching Transportation & logistical services
Chau Ram County Park
Over three miles of hiking trails and a mile of the Chauga River runs through the park. Tubing, hiking, fishing, picnicking, camping and sight-seeing are popular activities. The park has 26 campsites with water and electricity; four rental areas for parties and gatherings; a playground; and is a favorite spot for weddings.
Chau Ram 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 $2 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
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
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.
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
Chickasaw Point Golf Club
An 18-hole, par-72 public course designed by Parker Gibson. It is the centerpiece of the Chickasaw Point neighborhood. Numerous elevation changes, sheltered fairways and several beautiful ponds. Just minutes off 1-85 on Highway 11, Chickasaw Point’s location makes it an easy drive for golfers in Oconee, Anderson, Greenville and Pickens Counties as well as those from the Atlanta area.
A full-service marina located on Lake Hartwell directly across the lake from Clemson University. Service center with a Master Certified Mechanic on staff. They offer pontoon boat rentals, as well as wet and dry stack storage. The Grill at Clemson Marina features outdoor dining and a unique tailgating experience for the college football season.
Cross Creek Plantation
A private country club golf community designed by P.B. Dye. Eighteen holes of championship golf on an approximately 7,000-yard course from the back tees challenge the finest players. Five sets of tees makes this course enjoyable for players of every level.
Devils Fork State Park
The park is the only public access point for Lake Jocassee, a 7,500-acre reservoir lake. Boat ramps for public boat access to the lake; 20 lakeside villas; 59 standard sites for RV or tent camping; 25 tent camping sites; 1 boat-in campground; 2 picnic shelters; 2 playgrounds; 2 mile Bear Cove Trail; 1 mile Oconee Bell Nature Trail.
Disc Golf Course at Chau Ram County Park
Brand new course opened March 2019. 18-hole disc golf course is forested and hilly with combination of distances between holes ranging from 180 ft. - 600 ft. Course entrance off Horseshoe Bridge Road is not yet open; players must enter though main park and walk 1/4 mile to the first hole.
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.
Eclectic Sun, LLC
Located in the “Pavilion” of Devils Fork State Park in the day use picnic area. Provides everything you would ever need for a day of Fun on the lake. A genuine surf shop and snack bar combined.
The rock is recognized as the place where the three states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia meet. Andrew Ellicott’s survey was made in 1811. This rock was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is located in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness.
End of the Road Studios
Art studio, pottery and gallery for Robin Anne Cooper and Stan DuBose. Folk Art, ceramics, paintings, pottery, canvas collages, found object, up-cycled.
Falcon’s Lair Golf Course
Features 6,866 yards of golf, designed by Harry Bowers, from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 74.4 and it has a slope rating of 135. James McCoy manages the course as the Golf Professional. PGA instruction available. The course is open year round.
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
Fishski Business, LLC
Guided fishing on Lake Hartwell and Lake Jocassee with Captain Steve Pietrykowski. Hartwell is a great choice for families or even a corporate outing. Multiple fishing boats for large groups can be arranged. Captain Steve offers day and night guided fishing on Lake Jocassee, which is the only major lake in South Carolina that has an abundant trout population.
This National Recreation Trail has its southern terminus in Oconee State Park and extends to the north and east for 77 miles. Sections very in length and difficulty. Day-hikers can access the trail from different points; thru-hikers can spend a week backcountry hiking on the trail. Maintained by the Foothills Trail Conservancy.
Fork Mountain Trail
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.
Gateway Arts Center
An all volunteer art exhibit and education organization that engages the community by offering: public participation, free events, formal exhibits and art classes. Their mission is to help open the doors of creativity to everyone!
General Store Museum
Housed in the Barrett-Jones building on Main Street in Westminster, SC, the General Store Museum displays a collection of historic artifacts from the original England’s General Merchandise store. OPEN Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm.
Golden Corner Lakes Sail & Power Squadron
Golden Corner Lakes Sail & Power Squadron
A hardworking, award-winning, and fun-loving unit of the United States Power Squadrons®
Hartwell Keowee Paddleboard & Kayak Co.
Family owned business serving Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee that provides paddleboard and kayak rentals.
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
High Falls Boat Rentals, LLC
Need a boat for a day or a week? High Falls Boat Rentals has pontoon and ski boats for rent on Lake Keowee. All boats are equipped with USCG required safety equipment, anchors, bimini tops, depth finders, fenders and dock lines. Tubes and water skis are also available for rent.
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.
Historic Ballenger House
Circa 1925, a designated site on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. Located in historic downtown Seneca, the house was the residence of the Ballenger family until 1980. It was deeded to the Seneca Woman’s Club to honor three family members who belonged to the philanthropic “Once a Week Club” that originated in 1896 and still meets today. Historic Ballenger House is an ideal venue for weddings, receptions, meetings, showers, parties and reunions.
Island Horses Pontoon Rental
Quality boat rentals on Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee. They offer 24 ft. pontoon boats or Sea Ray deck boat that can be towed to either Mile Creek or Warpath Landing. Lake Jocassee minimum 4-day rental.
Located in Stumphouse Park. It's an easy 5-minute walk to viewing platforms where you can view the beautiful waterfall named for a Creek maiden who hid on one of the falls' ledges to avoid capture during an Indian attack. There is a rough trail next to the lowest platform, which leads to the base of the falls. However, the path is quite dangerous and visitors are not encouraged to try it. GPS coordinates to the parking area: N 34.80740 W 083.12158
Issaqueena’s Last Ride
April 13, 2019. This annual mountain bicycle ride is sponsored by Visit Oconee SC. 100 - 80 - 60 - 52 - 30 mile route options through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills of South Carolina. The 30 and 52 mile rides stay in the flatter areas of Salem and Tamassee where the roads are gently rolling with no difficult climbs. All routes feature scenic rural roads with little traffic.
Specializing in Lake Jocassee adventures including: kayak rentals, kayak tours, waterfall tours, sunset tours, scuba tours and snorkeling. They have three covered boats to keep you out of the sun and offer dry areas in case of rain.
Guided fishing trips for everyone from serious anglers to the first-time fishermen. Children of all ages are welcome. Deep water trolling for big brown and rainbow trout using downriggers. All tackle is furnished. All you will need is your food, drinks and a SC fishing license.
Jocassee Keowee Rentals
Boating services on Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee whether your interest is a day on the lake on a pontoon, kayak, canoe, or utilizing their boat/RV storage facilities.
Jocassee Lake Tours
Love Nature? Treat yourself to an exploration of Lake Jocassee with Brooks and Kay Wade, Upstate Master Naturalists and owners/operators of Jocassee Lake Tours. Love Waterfalls? Bring a camera…they have plenty to show you! From hidden mountain brooks spilling off the hillside to large, rambunctious, powerful waterfalls. Love Your Friends and Family? Treat them to a tour of Lake Jocassee. Bring a picnic lunch, kids and grandkids, and experience a relaxing day on Lake Jocassee!
Jocassee Outdoor Center
A large rental fleet of newer model and faster pontoons, deck boats and ski boats (not to mention, kayaks & SUP’s) at Lake Jocassee’s only outfitter and marine center complete with an outfitter store, general store, full-service concierge boat storage, boat repair and maintenance shop.
Keowee Key Golf Course
Keowee Key’s George Cobb designed championship private golf course is under renovation by Richard Mandell, recently named by “Boardroom Magazine” as the 2017 Golf Course Architect of the year. This 6,426-yard, 18-hole, par 72 course is nearing certification in the Audubon Sanctuary Program, which promotes environmental stewardship. With its demanding topography, the course is a distinct and fair challenge to any golfer, and five tee boxes are offered to match varying skill levels.
Keowee Sailing Club
A cruising and racing sail club on Lake Keowee in view of the Blue Ridge escarpment. They engage in sail boat racing, pleasure cruising, skill building, social functions, and maintenance of their club,
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
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.
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.
Very popular destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Four mountain streams and several waterfalls feed into the lake, making it cooler than others and a great South Carolina trout fishing spot. The unusually clear water is a haven for boat tours, scuba divers and swimmers. Public access to this 7,500-acre lake is limited to Devils Fork State Park, the #1 visited state park in SC! Park has many amenities and fills up during peak times. Check for reservations before visiting.
Lake Jocassee Dive Shop
Full service dive shop located near Lake Jocassee. They provide air, nitrox, and trimix fills as well as rental gear and a charter service. Come see why Lake Jocassee is the jewel of the south!
With 18,500 acres of water and a 300-mile shoreline, the Lake Keowee area is popular for fishing, waterskiing, swimming, camping and picnicking. LOWER LAKE KEOWEE public access: • South Cove County Park • Cane Creek Access • High Falls County Park • Stamp Creek Access Area • Keowee Marina • Warpath Access Area UPPER LAKE KEOWEE public access: • Mile Creek Park • Crow Creek Access Area • Keowee Towne Landing • Fall Creek Access
Lake Keowee Boat Rentals
Family owned business located toward the south portion of Lake Keowee. They cater to people renting vacation houses and offer a variety of day use boats and personal watercraft. They make it easy to get out on the water and enjoy all that Lake Keowee has to offer!
Lake Keowee Marina
The staff at Lake Keowee Marina shares your love of a great time out on the water. Their full service marina is ready to provide anything and everything you need for an exhilarating experience on the lake and a pleasant stay in Seneca. For over 30 years, Lake Keowee Marina has been the anchor point for locals and tourists alike, their team of certified mechanics is there to help maintain the integrity of your watercraft all year long.
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.
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
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
Lighthouse Lake Keowee
Located on a quiet cove on Lake Keowee. Perfect for a special occasion or for grabbing a bite to eat off the lake. Fireside dining, a wrap-around covered patio, and upstairs seating. The Lighthouse Event Center is the perfect destination for gatherings. Whether you're looking to host a business meeting, birthday party, wedding, anniversary or social event, The Event Center can comfortably hold up to 250 guests.
An art gallery/gift shop carrying fine art and high-quality handmade items. Located in the historic district of Ram Cat Alley.
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.
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
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Lunney Museum was built in 1909 by its original residents Dr. William James and Lillian Mason Lunney. The House is a 1909 Queen Anne style “California” bungalow with arts and crafts interior. The property features a carriage house and "two-seater" outhouse. The museum provides educational content focused on the history of Seneca, the Lunney Family/Home, and rural southern culture. OPEN Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast
Lovely ceremony and reception locations are available indoors and outdoors. Choose from the library, parlor or dining rooms of the 1897 Manor House, at the arbor in the garden, in the courtyard near the vintage Carriage House, on the covered patio with overlook, in the meadow near the pond, in the adjacent reception hall, or in the chapel area.
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
Museum of the Cherokee in SC
Funded through grants and donations, the Museum is open while undergoing an expansion. The site for permanent exhibits of Cherokee artifacts that were donated by Keowee Toxaway State Park. OPEN Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm
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.
Oconee Community Theatre
Promoting and encouraging interest in theatrical productions for more than 40 years by presenting plays and dramatic works of all kinds.
Oconee Country Club Golf Course
A semi-private golf club that was built in 1948. It is a relatively short course by today’s modern standards, but it provides the golfer with plenty of challenge off the tee and approach shots to its small, undulating greens. Club amenities include: 2 practice greens, practice range, stocked golf shop, lessons, lounge and a grill. Open to the public year round.
Oconee History Museum
Explore the history of Native Americans, immigration, railroads, New Deal programs, textile mills, agriculture and much more as it relates to Oconee County. The exhibit hall offers a self-guided tour of Oconee's history. In addition to the museum, there is a classroom frequently used by local businesses and social groups for meetings and functions. OPEN Tuesday through Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm. Not-for-profit organization. Free admission/$3 per person donation is encouraged.
Oconee State Park
The joys of a mountain retreat without the work. The historic park rests deep in the Blue Ridge foothills, with several picturesque but non-demanding hiking trails and well-kept cabins and campgrounds that have welcomed families for annual trips since the days the park was first built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
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.
Old Pickens Presbyterian Church
Listed on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the National Register of Historic Places. This church/meeting house is the only building still standing on the site where the town of Pickens Courthouse was established in 1828. The adjacent cemetery has over 200 graves dating back to 1790.
Old Saint John’s Meeting House
Built in 1889, this Carpenter's Gothic style building is the ideal venue for weddings or meetings. The fully heated and cooled Meeting House can be rented by alone or with the Walhalla Depot offering an ideal location for a beautiful wedding. The comfortable seating capacity is approximately 60-65.
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
Palmetto Trail – Oconee Passage
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.
Patriot’s Hall Veterans Museum
An opportunity for Oconee citizens, their families and visitors, to see how veterans have contributed and sacrificed for our country, the world and our freedom. No charge to visit the museum. OPEN Thursday - Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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
Rally in the Valley
May, 11, 2019. Fun, family oriented event featuring bicycle rides of 30 and 60 miles, as well as great live music and a wonderful meal of slow-cooked barbecue, fresh sides and local craft beer which are all included in your ticket! The Rally in the Valley event supports land conservation and sustainable development in Oconee County, SC.
Ram Cat Alley Historic District
The district is a collection of commercial buildings which reflect the development of the downtown area as the center of commerce in Seneca from ca. 1887 to ca. 1930. Ram Cat Alley was so called because of the tendency of cats to gather around the Fred Hopkins Meat Market which was located on that street in ca. 1908. These days businesses on Ram Cat Alley include: independent boutiques, antique stores and restaurants. Fifteen minutes from Clemson University.
Reedy Branch Falls
30 ft. cascade is easily accessible via a 300-yard walk down a gravel road. The pull-off, with its large stone columns and iron gate, implies private property, however, it is public land. The land was in the process of being developed for home sites when the Forest Service acquired it. Good wading pool at the base of the waterfall. Humble Pie and Belle's Bistro at Chattooga Belle Farm are nearby places to eat.
Retreat Rosenwald School
One of 10 Rosenwald schools in Oconee County, and the only one still in existence. The two-room school served rural African-American children from 1924-1950. It was partially funded by the national Rosenwald School Building program. In September 2011 the schol was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Riley Moore Falls
Once the site of a gristmill, this waterfalls measures 12 ft. high, 100 ft. wide and is a great family destination. Moderate 15-minute walk to falls, a tunnel to the left brings you up to the middle of the falls. Good swimming spot. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.74106 W 083.18535
Rocky Gap/Willis Knob
Rocky Gap Trail in South Carolina and Willis Knob Trail in Georgia combine to offer some of the most scenic horseback riding in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Winding across deeply dissected ridges, the trails descend into the beautiful Chattooga Wild & Scenic River corridor. For a fee the Whetstone Horse Camp in Mountain Rest serves as a base camp for many users of both trails. Earls Ford Road and has trailer parking area and hiking trail access to the Chattooga River.
A two-fer waterfall opportunity. A treacherous path for adventurous, physically fit hikers, Winding Stairs Trail leads to this waterfall off the beaten path. Continue past clearing to view Cheohee/Miuka Falls. GPS Coordinates to parking area: N 34.94110 W 083.08975
Sertoma Field is a recreation complex for area sports activities. Two playgrounds, restrooms, walking track and disc golf course. The disc golf course wraps around a large hill and has a creek rolling through it. It is a nice course for casual players.
Shaver Rec Complex
Shaver Recreation Complex is a hub of area sports activities. Seven recreation fields, two gyms, walking trails, a climbing wall, playground, and the Seneca Disc Golf Course. An 18-hold disc golf course features tight fairways and a nice mix of elevation changes. Several holes have multiple pin placements. Course open year round is free to play. Random draw doubles Mondays in the summer at 6pm.
Silver Dollar Music Hall
Bluegrass musical performances every Friday night. 12278 Long Creek Hwy.
South Cove County Park
A variety of day use activities and lakeside camping. Fishing, boating, sailing and water skiing are readily accessible via two park boat ramps. Facilities include: picnic tables, 4 lighted tennis courts, a volleyball court, 18-hole miniature golf course, horseshoe pits, playground areas, a handicapped accessible fishing pier & sand beach for sun.
Southern Outlaw Adventures
Lake Jocassee boat tours.
Two-fer waterfall opportunity. This 50 ft. waterfall is set back into a hillside and surrounded by an explosion of shrubbery. Follow the trail approximately 1/4 mile. Cross over Spoonauger Creek. King Creek Falls and the Chattooga River are in the same area. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.97480 W 083.11478
Station Cove Falls
A stepped 60 ft. waterfall that forms from headwaters atop Station Mountain. An easy 30-minute hike through a gorgeous Appalachian cove takes you to the family friendly wading pond at the foot of the falls. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.84867 W 083.07463
Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park
Dual-use hiking & biking trails in Stumphouse Park. Phase 1 is open with 4 miles of trails. Phase 2 will have an 6 more miles. All 10 miles of flow trails are designed for beginner mountain biking with big berms, rollers, tables, rock gardens and more! Mountain Bike Park can be accessed from trailheads at both ends of Stumphouse Passage, but the easiest access is via the parking lot for Issaqueena Falls. Bike trail is closed on rainy days. Users are cautioned to follow trail direction signs.
The Park includes: Stumphouse Tunnel, Issaqueena Falls, the Stumphouse Passage of the Palmetto Trail, Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park and Blue Ridge Railroad hiking trail. Picnic tables, rental event pavilion, portable restrooms. There is a park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle (no charge for residents of Walhalla). Annual park passes can be purchased from Walhalla City Hall (864)638-4343.
Stumphouse Passage of the Palmetto Trail
The Stumphouse Passage of the Palmetto Trail is accessible from the center of Stumphouse Park and stretches over 500 miles across the state to Awendaw outside of Charleston. Currently the dual-use hiking and mountain biking trail system in Walhalla totals 4.2 miles, ranging from easy to moderate. Additional trails are under construction in the Stumphouse property. Ultimately the trail will connect to Oconee State Park and will end in downtown Walhalla.
Located within Stumphouse Park. The Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel was part of the Blue Ridge Railroad project, an 1850s attempt to link the port of Charleston to the cities of the Midwest by rail. The Civil War and subsequent collapse of the state’s economy brought construction to an end and the tunnel was never completed. Family-friendly 1/4 mile walk into the tunnel (flashlight recommended) which maintains a constantly cool 50 degrees. Park picnic shelter nearby.
Go carts, mini golf, laser tag, arcade, ice cream & yogurt. Party packages and group rates available.