Water and Mountains:
- Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Keowee is one of the three lakes located in the "Golden Corner" of South Carolina. Accompanied by Lake Hartwell and Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee is an 18,500 acre man-made lake with 350 miles of shoreline, surrounded by a breathtaking mountain view.
- The area lakes make water activities such as swimming, water skiing, fishing, sailing and boating easily accessible. Also, Lake Keowee is known for being one of the cleanest and safest lakes in South Carolina, so you and your family can enjoy the water without the worry.
- Lakes are not the only aquatic attraction of the "Golden Corner." The Chattooga River also runs through the area, and is known for its whitewater rafting and cleanliness.
- Being in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes them easily accessible to the inhabitants of the upstate. Thus, mountain activities such as hiking and camping are readily available to the nature enthusiast.
Oconee County and Pickens County Area Links of Interest:
Oconee and Pickens County make up the foothills section of South Carolina and blend into the Blue Ridge Mountains that make up the Southern most portion of the Appalachians. The area provides a wide range of activities both outdoors and indoors as well as prospering economy. Below you will find links to a wealth of information about one of the best kept secrets of the United States as well as two of the most beautiful lakes.
History of Oconee County:
Oconee County History
Pickens County History
Area Chamber of Commerce Websites:
City of Seneca
City of Walhalla
City of Westminster
City of Clemson
City of Pickens
Official Oconee County Website
Official Pickens County Website
School District Web Sites:
Oconee County School District
Pickens County School District
Colleges and Continuing Education:
Southern Wesleyan University
Tri-County Technical College
Oconee County Adult Education Center
City Web Sites:
Official City Of Seneca Website
Oconee County Airport
County Outdoor Activities:
Hiking Trails Nearby
Chattooga River Information:
Current Chattooga River Levels
Oconee Memorial Hospital
Map of Oconee County:
Apple Festival - Westminster, SC
Oktoberfest - Walhalla, SC
Oconee Coumminty Theater - Located in Seneca
Clemson Little Theatre - Located in Clemson
REI Cinemas - 9 Cinemas located in Seneca
Astro Cinemas - 3 Cinemas located in Clemson
Jocassee Real Estate Company, Inc.
Area News Media:
The Westminster News
The Greenville News
WYFF Channel 4
WSPA Channel 7
WHNS - FOX 21
WGOG 96.3 FM
Lake Jocassee Web Sites:
Jocassee Outdoor Center
General Information about Lake Jocassee:
Map of Lake Jocassee and Lake Jocassee Boat Landings
Official Duke Power Sites about Lake Jocassee:
Duke Power Site about Lake Jocassee
Duke Power Jocassee Lake Levels
Sea Kayaking Adventures:
State Parks On Lake Jocassee:
NC Jocassee Gorges State Park
SC Devils Fork State Park
South Carolina Website about the Jocassee Gorges area on Lake Jocassee:
Fishing on Jocassee
People Having Fun on Jocassee:
Lake Keowee Web Sites:
Lake Keowee Lifestyles
Map of Lake Keowee and Lake Keowee Boat Landings (Requires Acrobat Reader)
Keowee Lake Shop
Duke Power Sites about Lake Keowee:
Duke Power Site About Lake Keowee
Duke Power Keowee Lake Levels
Memorial Stadium - Death Valley
- Just 20 miles down the road located in Clemson, South Carolina, is Clemson University. The university offers many different services to the area. They are renowned for some of their athletic programs, and having one of the 10 largest college stadiums in the nation. In addition to sports, the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts offers many cultural and intellectual events, such as the annual Shakespeare Festival. The Walker Golf Course is also located on the Clemson Campus, for those golf enthusiasts.
South Carolina Botanical Garden
The garden began in 1957 as a small camellia collection on a reclaimed landfill site. Today the South Carolina Botanical Garden, located on the Clemson University campus, is a diverse 295-acre garden of natural and manicured landscapes within the South Carolina Piedmont ecosystem. Together with a nationally recognized nature-based sculpture collection, distinguished youth education and outreach programs, and a Geology Museum, the SCBG is a premier site for experiencing nature and culture.
Lake Lure Tours
Step on board these luxurious boats and visit the blockbuster hit Dirty Dancing film site, delight in mountain legends and breathtaking views. Suitable for all ages. Hourly tours, twilight and dinner cruises. Private and group charters. U.S. Hwy. 64/74A in scenic Hickory Nut Gorge, 35 miles north of Greenville. Lake Lure is ranked by National Geographic Magazine as one of the top scenic lakes in the world.
Chimney Rock Park
Find the best of the mountains in one place. This privately-owned scenic attraction near Asheville offers spectacular 75-mile views, a 404-foot waterfall, hiking trails and more.
Located between Tryon and Saluda is Pearson's Falls. The Tryon Garden Club has own this 250-acre site for nearly 70 years. Hours are 10am -6pm Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults. (828) 749-3031.
Cowpens National Battlefield
In 1781 Daniel Morgan of Virginia led his militia troops to victory against the elite British troops led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton. The battlefield features a walking trail and marked road tour, a picnic ground, and a visitor's center with exhibits, memorabilia, and a slide show presentation. Located off of S.C Scenic Highway 11 and S.C 110 in Cherokee County. 864/ 461-2828.
State Parks in the Upstate
Caesars Head State Park
Croft State Park
Devils Fork State Park
Jones Gap State Park
Keowee Toxaway State Park
Kings Mountain State Park
Lake Hartwell State Park
Oconee State Park
Oconee Station State Park
Paris Mountain State Park
Table Rock State Park
Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River
Born high in the Carolina mountains and dropping an average of 49.3 feet per mile in its race past the stately woods of Sumter National Forest, for 40 miles this tumultuous (and sometimes disarmingly placid) mountain river separates South Carolina and Georgia. The Chattooga became a sort of national quest after its starring role in the movie "Deliverance." (For guided raft tours, contact Wildwater Ltd., Box 309, Long Creek, SC 29658, (800) 451-9972 or (864) 647-9587
Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (S.C. 11)
Often right at the foot of high mountains, this beautiful but still utilitarian two-lane road leaves I-85 at Gaffney, makes a 130-mile arc through peach orchards and villages, past Cowpens Battlefield, over I-26, past several state and county parks, over Lake Keowee at a scenic spot and on past Salem, Walhalla, Seneca and Westminster to rejoin I-85 at the Georgia line.
South Carolina Trails
Our goal is to foster a statewide network of trails and greenways by promoting trail use, management, and development.
Cowpens National Battlefield
Cowpens National Battlefield commemorates a decisive battle that helped turn the tide of war in the South. On this field on January 17, 1781, Daniel Morgan led his army of tough Continentals, militia and cavalry to a brilliant victory over Banastre Tarleton's force of British regulars.
The main stem of this nearly 100-mile long hiking trail extends from Table Rock State Park in Pickens County to Oconee State Park in Oconee County. The trail crosses some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in the Southeast and provides access to Sassafras Mountain, the highest peak in South Carolina, and to major mountain streams and breathtaking views. Contact the Foothills Trails Conference, PO Box 3041, Greenville SC 29602; (864) 233-9403.
Hiking is permitted in the following Upcountry Heritage Preserves: Eastatoe Creek, Buzzard Roost, Ashmore, Watson, Glassy Mountain, Laurel Fork, Bunched Arrowhead, Pacolet River and parts of Chandler. Contact the S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources, PO Box 167, Columbia SC 29202; (803) 734-3893; (864) 654-6738.
Kate Moore Barry's 1765 plantation house had been lived in only a few years when the Revolution rocked the colonies. She then served as a scout for General Daniel Morgan at the Battle of Cowpens. Walnut Grove was a community in itself, with a school, doctor's office and various outbuildings. Fully restored and furnished.
Mountain Bridge Wilderness & Rec. Area
More than 11,000 acres and 50 miles of trails connect to the Sumter National Forest with one trail leading to the Foothills Trail. This network of trails provides an excellent view of scenic vistas, including Raven Cliff Falls. Primitive trailside camping is permitted by registering with a ranger. Call Caesars Head State Park at (864) 836-6115 or Jones Gap State Park at (864) 836-3647.
The majority of state park trails are considered nature/walking trails because of short length and/or relatively flat terrain. The 14-mile Table Rock trail is difficult terrain and the 15-mile Kings Mountain trail is moderate. Other trails are located at Caesars Head, Jones Gap, Paris Mountain, Oconee and Keowee-Toxaway State Parks. Shorter nature trails located at Croft, Sadlers Creek and Lake Hartwell State Parks. Call the park or S.C. State Parks at (803) 734-0156.
This national scenic trail begins in Georgia and stretches across 2,144 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridge lines to end in Maine. Along the way, it traverses the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and parts of Western North Carolina. For more information on the trail, and day hike suggestions, contact the Appalachian Trail Conference. > 828-254-3708
Pavilion Indoor Recreation Complex
Full size ice skating rink, Competition size Inline rink, tennis courts, game room, concessions, summer day camps and after school programs. The Pavilion is home to the Brushy Creek & Southern miniature passenger railroad. One of only two public indoor rinks in South Carolina. Located on Scottswood Drive in Greenville. 864/ 322-7529.
Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Park
This unique historical park pays homage to former Chicago White Sox great Shoeless Joe Jackson who grew up and played ball in the Brandon Mill Community. 864/ 288-6470.
Featuring over 250 animal attractions. Also has playground and picnic areas. Located in Cleveland Park on E. Washington Street in Greenville. 864/ 467-4300.
This beautiful garden contains more that 10,000 plants, as well as dams, ponds, and trails. It also serves as a haven for local birds and wildlife. Located on Reidville Road in Spartanburg. 864/ 582-2776.
Proximity to Cities:
Oconee County, including Cross Creek Plantation, is in close proximity to several well-known and booming metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Charlotte and Charleston. Atlanta is merely 133 miles south, while Charlotte is 168 miles north and historic Charleston is only 275 miles east.
Located in nearby Seneca, is the Oconee Memorial Hospital which offers excellent care, not only for in-patients, but out-patients as well. They provide superb extended care to the community, including a Cancer Center, Rehabilitative Center, Wellness Center, etc.