• Things To Do

    Find beautiful waterfalls, hike ancient mountains, and see the past come to life.

    Natural Beauty

    If nature calls you, then you need to be here. From mountains and waterfalls to lakes and rivers, we have the best of the great outdoors.

    Action & Adventure

    Nature's playground offers many opportunities to hike, kayak, fish, and whatever else your adventurous heart can imagine.

    History & Culture

    We will never forget the past that shapes our future. History lives and breathes here in every place from historic homes to ancient petroglyph sites.


    The gift that comes from a local shop or boutique is one that you'll always cherish. Shopping here goes beyond the normal chain stores.

    Arts & Crafts

    With so much beauty surrounding the area, it's no wonder that artists are inspired to create beautiful pieces.

  • Waterfalls

    Tall and majestic, powerful and primitive. There are so many waterfalls to discover in Lake Hartwell Country.

    Chau Ram Falls

    Chau ram falls

    westminster, SC

    Located in Chu Ram County park, this falls is great for summertime swimming and does not require a hike.


    1220 Chau Ram Park Rd, Westminster, SC 29693

    Issaqueena Falls

    Issaqueena falls

    walhalla, sc

    Located in Stumphouse Park, this falls has a viewing platform that is a short walk from the parking lot.


    Stumphouse Tunnel Rd, Walhalla, SC 29691

    King Creek Falls

    king creek falls

    mountain rest, SC

    This waterfall in the Sumter National Forest is accessible via an easy, 0.7 one-way trail.


    King Creek Falls Trail, Mountain Rest, SC 29664

    opossum creek falls

    long creek, SC

    Getting to this gorgeous falls requires hiking a 2.2 mile, one-way trek through the Sumter National Forest.


    Turkey Ridge Rd, Long Creek, SC 29658

    riley moore falls

    westminster, SC

    This family friendly falls is easily accessible via a 0.9 mile, one way trail in the Sumter National Forest.


    State Rd S-37-748, Westminster, SC 29693

    spoonauger falls

    mountain rest, sc

    Spoonauger Falls is accessible via a short .25 mile, one-way trail in the Sumter National Forest.


    Burrells Ford Rd, Mountain Rest, SC 29664

    station cove falls

    walhalla, Sc

    The 0.8 mile, one-way trail to this falls is easy for families and has a pool at the bottom for summer time wading.


    Oconee Station Rd, Walhalla, SC 29691

    twin falls

    Pickens, sc

    To get to the overlook for these falls, follow an easy 1.2 mile, one way trail for a two-in-one deal.


    287-243 State Rd S-39-100, Sunset, SC 29685

    Yellow Branch falls

    mountain rest, sc

    This multi-tiered waterfall is a visitor favorite, and can be accessed via an easy, 1.3 mile trail.


    2907-, 3023 Hwy 28 S, Walhalla, SC 29691

    blue hole falls

    mountain rest, sc

    The 1 mile, one-way trail to this waterfall is kid friendly and the falls provide great swimming opportunities.


    Rich Mountain Rd, Mountain Rest, SC 29664

    lee falls

    tamassee, SC

    Look for the gate to park for access to the beautiful trail that leads to this waterfall. 1.5 miles one way.


    Government Rd 715A, Tamassee, SC 29686

  • Lakes

    Here, lake life is just life. Trust us, you'll want to see it.

    Lake jocassee

    Jocassee is a gem. Its pristine waters can be enjoyed via state park or boat tour.


    Devils Fork State Park

    Jocassee Lake Tours

    Eclectic Sun LLC

    Lake keowee

    From kayaking to paddle boarding, Keowee can satisfy your need for adventure.


    Keowee SUP

    Hartwell-Keowee Paddleboard & Kayak Co.

    Eclectic Sun LLC

    Lake hartwell

    Hartwell is a perfect lake for kayaking, boating, fishing, and more.


    Hartwell-Keowee Paddleboard & Kayak Co

    Portman Marina

    Clemson Marina

  • Rivers

    Wild, scenic, and free. Our rivers will inspire you.

    Chattooga River

    The Chattooga is a designated National Wild and Scenic river. This rush of nature is truly something to behold and offers wonderful fly fishing and whitewater rafting.


    Wildwater Rafting

    Chattooga River Fly Shop

    twelve mile river

    This river is a paddler's dream. Great for all skill levels, the Twelve Mile river flows through Pickens county and varies from exciting whitewater to serene flatwater.


    Paddle SC

    chauga river

    The Chauga River is a 31.3 mile long tributary of the Tugaloo River. It flows through the picturesque Oconee County and is great for beginners in whitewater settings.


    Paddle SC

    saluda river

    A great waterway for all skill levels, the Saluda River has several access points in Pickens and Anderson counties. Take a leisurely paddle down the river, or challenge yourself.


    Paddle SC

  • Parks

    Come out and play in some of the best parks around.

    sumter national forest

    The forest is a perfect place to go for a hike, camping trip, or paddling the Chattooga River. There are endless places to explore.



    devils fork state park

    Devils Fork offers the only public access to Lake Jocassee. Come here to get out on the water or relax on a short trail.



    Keowee-toxaway state park

    Serving as the gateway to the Jocassee Gorges, Keowee-Toxaway is an area you'll definitely want on your list.



    Lake hartwell state park

    If you're an angler or boater, this is the park you want to visit. This park offers great access to the renowned Lake Hartwell.



    oconee station state historic site

    With nature trails, a historic home, and a waterfall to admire, this site has a little something for everyone.



    oconee state park

    Perfect for a family adventure, a camping weekend, or some intense hiking, Oconee offers so many activities.



    sadlers creek state park

    Enjoy the waters of Lake Hartwell on a 100 ft fishing pier, boat your heart out, and hop on a mountain bike at Sadlers Creek.



    Table rock state park

    Table Rock is an icon of the upstate. Hike to see beautiful views, take a canoe on Lake Oolenoy, and enjoy the SC mountains.



  • Fishing

    Cast a line in a river or lake and feel all your worries cast away too.

    LHC pocket fishing guide

    This comprehensive guide can help with all of your fishing needs. Find the best area guides, landings, info on species, where to stay, and more. It even includes an area map with the lakes!


    Download it below:


    Fishing Guide

  • Hiking

    Lake Hartwell Country is a hiker's paradise. The stunning beauty of each trail will stay with you long after your trip.

    Foothills trail

    "The mountains are calling, and I must go."

    This 77 mile trail is not for the faint of heart. A 5-10 day trek across the Blue Ridge Escarpment will give you an incomparable experience.


    Whether you choose to start in Table Rock State Park or Oconee State Park, you'll come across sites that will blow you away. Towering waterfalls stand tall in the rugged forest. The sweeping views of the South Carolina foothills lie serenely below the mountains. If you're up for the challenge, the Foothills Trail will be worth every step.



    all day/half day hikes

    Here are some of our favorite hikes from around the region, divided by park/protected area.

  • Hunting

    Know how to prepare and be safe.

    South Carolina Department of natural resources

    SCDNR has information on hunting seasons, how to prepare, safety precautions, and more.



  • Scuba Diving

    Explore the waters of our area from a different perspective.

  • Anderson County

    Anderson County Museum

    202 E. Greenville Street, Anderson

    (864) 260-4737 / Website

    Ashtabula Historic House

    2725 Old Greenville Hwy., Pendleton

    (864) 646-7249 / Website

    Hunter's Store

    125 E. Queen Street, Pendleton

    (864) 646-3782 / Website

    "Reviva" Museum & Visitors Center

    106 E. Broad St., Iva

    (864)-940-3980 / Website

    Historic Belton

    50 North Main Street, Belton

    (864) 338-7400 / Website

    Split Creek Farm

    3806 Centerville Road, Anderson

    (864) 287-3921 / Website

    Woodburn Historic Home

    130 History Lane, Pendleton

    (864) 646-7249 / Website

    Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau

    110 Federal Street, Suite 8, Anderson

    (877) 282-4650 / Website

    Jennie Erwin Carnegie Liberty

    318 Shirley Avenue, Honea Path

    (864) 369-7751 / Website

    Williamston Mineral Spring Park

    121 West Main Street, Williamston

    (864) 847-7473 / Website

  • Oconee County

    Stumphouse Tunnel at Isaqueena Falls

    Highway 28, Walhalla

    (864) 888-1488

    Andrew Pickens Ranger District

    112 Andrew Pickens Cir. Mountain Rest

    (864) 638-9568 / Website

    Walhalla State Fish Hatchery

    198 Fish Hatchery Road, Mountain Rest

    (864) 638-2866

    Oconee Station State Historic Site

    500 Oconee Station Road, Walhalla

    (864) 638-0079 / Website

    World of Energy

    7812 Rochester Hwy., Seneca

    (800) 777-1004

    Kudzu Kabin Designs

    1105 E. Main Street, Walhalla

    (864) 718-8864 / Website

    Ballenger Historic Home

    212 East South Third Street, Seneca

    (864) 324-8417 / Website

    Lunney Museum

    211 W. South First Street, Seneca

    (864) 723-7453

    Blue Ridge Arts Council

    111 E. South Second Street, Seneca

    (864) 882-2722

    Walhalla Civic Auditorium

    101 East North Broad Street, Walhalla

    (864) 638-5277

    Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area

    19138-A Hwy. 11 S Fair Play

    (864) 972-3352 / Website

    Blue Ridge Field

    Holland Avenue, Seneca

    (864) 885-2700

    Old Pickens Presbyterian Church

    S.C Route 183, Salem

    (864) 944-1303 / Website

    Oconee Heritage Center

    123 Browns Square Drive, Walhalla

    (864) 638-2224 / Website

    Bethel Presbyterian Church

    580 Bethel Church Road, Walhalla

    (864) 784-7268

  • Pickens County

    Pickens County Museum of Art & History

    307 Johnson Street, Pickens

    (864) 898-5963 / Website

    Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center

    138 Hagwood Mill Road, Pickens

    (864) 898-2936 / Website

    Central History Museum & Gardens

    416 Church Street, Central

    (864) 639-2156 / Website

    Hagood-Mauldin House And Irma Morris Museum of Fine Arts

    104 North Lewis Street, Pickens

    (864) 608-2834 / Website

    Old Stone Church

    101 Stone Circle
    Clemson, SC 29631

    (864) 654-2061

    Bob Campbell Geology Museum

    140 Discovery Lane
    Clemson, SC 29634-0174

    (864) 656-4600 / Website

    Faith Clayton Family Research Center

    Clayton Room Rickman Library

    967 Wesleyan Dr, Southern Wesleyan Univ, Central

    (864) 644-5088

    Central Community Center

    114 West Main Street, Central

    (864) 639-2156

    Freedom's Hill Church

    725 Wesleyan Drive
    Southern Wesleyan University Campus
    Central, SC 29630

    (864) 644-5192

    The Happy Berry

    510 Gap Hill Road, Six Mile, SC 29682

    (864) 350-9345 / Website

    Pickens War Memorial

    214 E. Main Street, On back Lawn,
    Pickens, SC 29671

    (864) 898-5926

    Oolenoy Community Center

    5301 Dacusville Highway, Pickens

    (864) 898-0261 / Website

  • African American Heritage

    Discover important pieces of the past and present.

    The green book of south carolina

    Popularized by the recent 2018 movie, visitors can visit historic sites in the area that appeared in the real Green Book. For more information, click here.

    clemson area african american museum

    Located in Clemson, SC


    Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Monday: Closed

    Tuesday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Wednesday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Thursday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Friday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Saturday 2:00pm - 4:00pm



  • Native American Heritage

    Discover the land that the Cherokee Indians called "The Blue Wall".

    Hagood mill historic site

    Look in awe at ancient petroglyphs and discover a beautiful culture. Every year, Hagood Mill celebrates Native American culture with their Native American Festival, where visitors can experience authentic tribe dancing, painting, storytelling, and so much more. For more information, click here.

    museum of the cherokee in south carolina

    Located in Walhalla, SC


    Thursday: 11am-4pm

    Friday: 11am-4pm

    Saturday: 11am-4pm



  • Genealogical Research

    Explore your own history

    Hunter's store

    Located at the Lake Hartwell Country visitor center, Hunter's Store has genealogy information of the historic Pendleton District. Our genealogy library is open during normal business hours. Come by and visit us!


    125 E Queen St

    Pendleton, SC 29670

  • Outdoor Outfitters

    Get the gear you need to explore the great outdoors

  • Theaters and Performing Arts Centers

    See a play, an incredible concert, and support the arts.

  • Art Centers and Galleries

    The mountains, lakes, and waterfalls inspire incredible art.

    arts off the alley

    art gallery on pendleton square

    birchwood artisan gallery

    end of the road studio

    gateway arts center

    loblolly arts

    anderson arts center

    belton center for the arts

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