PLAY Oconee offers the perfect setting for outdoor recreation and sporting enthusiasts! Whether you are a golfer, a hiker, biker, boater or whitewater rafter you will want to take advantage of the lakes, rivers and mountains of Oconee County. If you happen to be staying in the county park system or one of the state parks (see Park Lodging on page 16), many sport and recreational activities will be at your fingertips. Nearby Clemson University further enhances the opportunities for adventure in the Golden Corner. New to the area is the growing sport of disc golf. Played much like traditional golf, players use a flying disc or Frisbee. It is easy to learn and fun to play. Several courses exist in the area and the South Carolina Disc Golf Organization lists several on their website, www.scdgo.net. The rugged terrain of the Blue Ridge Mountains offers the perfect setting for CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
many outdoor activities. Hiking, camping, bird-watching and mountain biking are just a few of the activities enjoyed by residents and visitors to the area. Rivers support rafting, tubing, kayaking and fishing, and there are always leisurely walks available for nature lovers. ■ KAYAKING Oconee County, South Carolina is a kayaker’s dream come true. Whether you are a whitewater or flat water kayaker, Class 2 or Class 5 enthusiast, there is plenty here for you! The Chattooga River offers everything from flat water to Class 5 and runs yearround. Keep in mind: the Chattooga is a “Wild & Scenic” River, which means it is free flowing and NOT dam controlled. Water levels are dependent on the amount of rain the area receives. So plan your kayaking trip accordingly. The most popular sections of the Chattooga are: Section Visitors Guide • 39
Visitors guide to Oconee County, SC, including Lakes Jocassee, Keowee and Hartwell plus the Chattooga River.