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Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs Stay & Play In Our Parks! We offer over 200 campsites in our three beautiful county parks. Electricity and water at each site, friendly staff, clean restrooms, hiking trails, playgrounds, Lake Keowee and Chauga River access, tent only areas as well as large RV sites!

Chau Ram County Park • 28 Camping Sites • Primitive Camping Areas •4 Shelters, 1 Recreational Building • Waterfalls • Hiking Trails • Chauga River Access Closed Nov. 20 thru first weekend in March

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EXPERIENCE OCONEE Land beside the water…

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iscover the breathtaking lakes, mountains, rivers and waterfalls located in the Mountain Lakes Region of Oconee County, South Carolina. The pristine waters of lakes Jocassee, Keowee and Hartwell, nestled under the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, are some of the best in the Southeast. The national Wild and Scenic Chattooga River was given special designation by the United States Congress in 1974 because of its special characteristics and geologic and cultural values. More than 150 waterfalls grace the escarpment of the Mountain Lakes Region. Oconee County is in the northwestern-most corner of South Carolina, known as the Mountain Lakes Region because of its climate, its spectacularly beautiful lakes and the beauty of its Blue Ridge Mountains. Today, outdoor recreation, adventure travel and family “together time” are eagerly sought by tourists, and Oconee County offers the perfect setting for an affordable vacation for active families, couples and retirees. Boating, hiking, rafting, paddling, camping, biking, zip lines and antique shopping are plentiful here. The Sumter National Forest and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains neighbor the mountains of North Carolina and northeast Georgia, making those regions easily accessible.

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5 Experience Oconee MAP 7 Traveling to Oconee County INSERT 8 Destination Of A Lifetime: Jocassee Gorges 12 Waterfalls 18 The Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District & Station 22 The Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway 25 Hit the Trails 30 Mountain Lakes 36 Fishing 40 Group Tours 44 Land Beside the Water 46 Weddings & Family Gatherings Mountain Lakes Convention 49 Cities and Towns and Visitors Bureau 54 Lodging Ken Sloan President/CEO 59 Dining 105 W.S. Broad St. 64 Annual Festivals Walhalla, South Carolina 29691 877.Mt.Lakes 69 History Comes to Life 877.685.2537 53 Walhalla Walking Tour Info@SCMountainLakes.com 75 Arts and Culture The Journal 76 Agricultural Tourism Jerry Edwards Publisher 78 Sports and Recreation 210 W.N. First St. 83 Events Seneca, South Carolina 29678 For ad sales call: (864) 882-2375 or 91 Shopping visit us at www.upstatetoday.com 97 Geocaching 99 Tourism of Oconee County Information 100 Oconee County Quick Facts

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TRAVELING TO OCONEE COUNTY The Mountain Lakes region of Oconee County, South Carolina, is located in upstate South Carolina, north of I-85, 45 miles (72 km) west of Greenville, SC and approximately 125 miles (201 km) east of Atlanta, GA. Oconee County is the western-most county of South Carolina and its county seat is Walhalla. Other cities in the county include Seneca and Westminster. Towns include Salem and West Union, and other communities include Long Creek, Mountain Rest and Fair Play. South Carolina Highway 11, also known as the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway, begins in southern Oconee County at Interstate 85 at the Georgia state line. ■ AIRLINE SERVICE Four airports service the Mountain Lakes Region. Driving directions from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: Exit the airport following the I-85 north to Greenville signs. Continue on I-85 north through Atlanta, going 95.5 miles. Take Exit 1 as you enter South Carolina and follow the signage to SC Highway 11. Go 19.6 miles north to SC Highway 28 and exit to Walhalla. Driving directions from GreenvilleSpartanburg International Airport: Exit the airport onto I-85 south toward Atlanta. Travel 37.2 miles and take Exit 19B to merge onto SC 28 W/US-76 W/Clemson Blvd toward Clemson; travel 11.3 miles and turn onto SC 28 W/US-123 S/US-76 W/Tiger Blvd. Go 9 miles and merge right onto SC 28; travel 6.2 miles to Walhalla. Driving directions from Asheville Regional: Exit the airport following the signs to I-26 east; travel 13.3 miles and take Exit

54 to merge onto US-25 S toward US-176/N Carolina 225/Greenville. Travel 16.3 miles and turn left toward SC 11 S/Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy; go west on SC Highway 11 for 48.1 miles and exit at Walhalla. Driving directions from Charlotte International Airport: Follow the signage at the airport to I-85 south. Travel 120 miles south and take Exit 19B to merge onto SC 28 W/US-76 W/Clemson Blvd toward Clemson; travel 11.3 miles and turn onto SC 28 W/ US-123 S/US-76 W/Tiger Blvd. Go 9 miles and merge right onto SC 28; travel 6.2 miles to Walhalla. You can also ride Amtrak to the Upstate, arriving and departing in Clemson. Go to www.amtrak.com for more information. Shuttle service to and from Oconee County accommodations can be arranged by calling 877-MT-LAKES or 877-685-2537. ■ OCONEE COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT Oconee County Regional Airport (ICAO ID: CEU ) serves as the aviation gateway to Upstate South Carolina’s most scenic “Golden Corner.” In the realm of AIRPORT DATA , the airport’s 4400’ long runway has both precision GPS, non-precision GPS and NDB instrument approaches and is home for 75 based aircraft. It is a full service airport with fuel and rental car availability. It is located within five minutes of both Clemson and Seneca South Carolina. State Road S-37-394 Seneca, SC 29678 Phone:(864)882-2959 http://www.oconeesc.com/Departments/AJ/ Airport.aspx

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The Jocassee Gorges

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conee County has been covered by CNN and “Southern Living” magazine – and now a part of the county can say it has been covered by “National Geographic.” “National Geographic” recently published a special edition: “50 of the World’s Last Great Places: Destinations of a Lifetime.” On pages 24-27 readers can find an article titled “Jocassee Gorges: an intense concentration of waterfalls,” along with a picture of Whitewater Falls in autumn and two blooming Oconee bells. The magazine featured parts of the world under five different categories: temperate, arid, coastal, equatorial and polar. Jocassee Gorges fell under “temperate” for its high number of waterfalls and indigenous Oconee bell. Ken Sloan, president and CEO of Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau in Oconee County, said he was surprised to find Jocassee listed inside “National Geo8 • Visitors Guide

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graphic,” but is not surprised Jocassee would fit the criteria for the publication. “I have had the opportunity to travel the world, and I’ve never seen a place more beautiful than Jocassee Gorges,” he said. Jocassee was featured in the magazine along with places like the Florida Keys, Baja California, and the Galapagos Islands. Jocassee was doted on for having the Oconee bell, which botanists come to study in the Carolinas because the nearest closest relative to the plant can only be found in Asia, Sloan said. Sloan also said what makes Jocassee different from the other featured places is its unique ecosystem: Jocassee boasts 150 waterfalls in Oconee County alone (Jocassee covers North and South Carolinas) and it is a naturally undisturbed area. “You have this incredible environmental resource of mountains, forests, rivers, waterfalls and man-made lakes,” Sloan said. “You also see the Oconee bell, which is indigenous to this area. It’s just a pretty unique ecosystem.” Sloan said Jocassee is one of only two

areas in the country that would adequately fit the “coastal” criteria (the other one being Badlands National Park in South Dakota). With National Geographic being a global publication, Sloan said he hopes to get a tremendous response that will help expose Oconee County. “By and large it’s a huge economic impact opportunity for Oconee County,” he said. Steve Pagano, park superintendent of North Carolina Gorges State Park, said finding Jocassee in National Geographic was “cool.” “What’s surprising is we’ve been in articles, like in Southern Living, but they always call us,” he said. “This was a total surprise. Somebody discovered us, we didn’t discover them. It’s kind of cool that it came out that way.” Jocassee covers over 43,500 acres, and is federally protected and state protected. The area covered in the magazine article runs from Oconee and Pickens counties east to Jones Gap State Park, all surrounding Lake Jocassee.

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Most all of the land was once owned by Duke Energy and much of it still is. Pagano said to see Jocassee listed among the other places in the magazine is a huge honor. “You can’t get a higher compliment,” he said. “I think it’s well represented in there (National Geographic), and that’s a great place for it to show up.” Like Sloan, Pagano said he was surprised to find Jocassee in the magazine, but was not surprised at all that Jocassee would be one of National Geographic’s “last great places to visit.” “I think it fits in that Top 50 Places for sure,” he said. “We’re just happy.”

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Oconee’s river terrain features some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the nation – from the small to the majestic. Their rushing waters surrounded by stunning scenery make each one a special place to visit. Hikes to these waterfalls range from easy to extremely difficult, but each offers a rewarding, picturesque view at the end. Bee Cove Falls (Map - Waterfalls 1) This remote multi-tiered falls is a difficult 2- to 3-hour hike but worth the effort. NORTH from Walhalla on Hwy 28, BEAR RIGHT onto Hwy 107 for 12.5 miles. Park on LEFT and walk 150 yards to FS 702. BEAR RIGHT at 3-way intersection and follow the sounds to the waterfalls. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.98149 W 083.06280 Big Bend Falls (Map - Waterfalls 2) Largest vertical drop of the Chattooga River is a sight to see, but it is a difficult 3-hour walk. NORTH from Walhalla on Hwy 28. BEAR RIGHT onto Hwy 107 for 10 miles, then LEFT onto Burrells Ford Rd for 3 miles, park. Follow Foothills Trail 2.5 miles to Big Bend Trail. 0.5 miles hear the falls. Follow rugged paths to the falls. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.97128 W 083.11465 Blue Hole Falls (Map - Waterfalls 3) Water rushes 75 feet down a narrow gap into a blue hole, thus the name. Moderate 30-minute hike. NORTH from Walhalla on Hwy 28 for 7 miles then LEFT on Whetstone Rd, 1 mile then LEFT on Cassidy Bridge Rd for 1 mile. Turn LEFT onto Rich Mountain Rd, 3.3 miles then RIGHT on Cedar Creek Rd, 2.5 miles and park. Hike .3 miles down 2658 to intersection. RIGHT down short path to creek. Cross and follow downstream. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.76171 W 083.18613 Brasstown Falls (Map - Waterfalls 4) Four falls ranging from 20 to 40 feet. A beautiful, easy hike. WEST from Westminster on Hwy 76 for 11 miles then LEFT on Brasstown Rd for 4 miles to FS 751. Park and follow trail. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.71908 W 083.30158

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Bull Sluice Falls (Map - Waterfalls 5) A sight to see, with 14-foot drop on Chattooga River with whitewater in action. NORTHWEST on Hwy 76 from Westminster 17 miles. Parking area is before bridge at SC/GA line. Walk ¼ mile upstream. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.81473 W 083.30512

Chau Ram Falls (Map - Waterfalls 6) Beautiful 40-foot cascade over large boulders where Ramsey Creek and Chauga River meet. Two miles WEST of Westminster on Hwy 76 at Chau Ram County Park. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.68171 W 083.14542 Chauga Narrows (Map - Waterfalls 7) Narrow 25-foot-high falls. NORTH 7 miles from Walhalla on Hwy 28. LEFT on Whetstone Rd (S193). Go 3 miles to Blackwell Bridge over Chauga. Park and follow trail for easy ¼-mile hike. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.83332 W 083.17399 Cheohee or Miuka Falls (Map - Waterfalls 8) This 75-foot waterfall on Townes Creek can be easily viewed with a 45-minute hike. NORTH from Walhalla on SC 28, BEAR RIGHT on Hwy 107 for 8.7 miles. Park on RIGHT and follow the Winding Stairs Trail signs with yellow posts on RIGHT. Trail turns RIGHT 0.2 miles. Continue 0.3 miles to clearing and hear the falls. Hike through foliage to creek. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.94110 W 083.08975 Fall Creek Falls (Map Waterfalls 9) Multiple falls range from 30 to 40 feet within a 1-mile stretch. A difficult 2-mile hike. Travel WEST 16 miles from Westminster on Hwy 76, turn RIGHT on Chattooga Ridge Rd (S196). Go 2 miles to LEFT at Fall Creek Rd (FS 722). Take the LEFT fork across Fall Creek and park. Path on LEFT leads to base of first falls and strenuous downstream hike. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.82245 W 083.25079 Hidden Falls (Map - Waterfalls 10) Near the head of the Foothills Trail, this 50-foot waterfall over granite ledges can be reached with a moderate, one-hour hike. NORTH from Walhalla on Hwy 28. BEAR RIGHT on SC 107 for 2.5 miles to Oconee State Park (admission fee). RIGHT .8 miles to Foothills Trailhead. Park. Follow trail to its junction with Station Mountain Rd and the Tamassee Knob Trail. Crossing Station Mountain Rd go LEFT 10 yards on Foothills Trail. Follow signs to waterfall. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.86309 W 083.09820 CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

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Issaqueena Falls (Map - Waterfalls 11) An easy 5-minute walk gives you a view of the beautiful waterfall named for a Creek maiden who hid on a ledge to avoid capture during an Indian attack. NORTH from Walhalla on Hwy 28 for 5.5 miles, turn RIGHT at the entrance of Stumphouse Tunnel Park. Follow signs to waterfall. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.80740 W 083.12158 King Creek Falls (Map - Waterfalls 12) This 70-foot tumble through a laurel-choked gorge is on King Creek. Moderate 30-minute hike. NORTH from Walhalla on Hwy 28. BEAR RIGHT on Hwy 107 for 10 miles. LEFT onto Burrells Ford Rd for 2.3 miles. Park on left. Hike Chattooga Trail for .3 mile then LEFT by bank of creek. Cross bridge then LEFT on trail to falls. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.97128 W 083.11465 Laurel Fork Falls (Map – Waterfalls 13) This is the one waterfall you should consider visiting by a means other than hiking. Witnessing 80-foot high Laurel Fork Falls from a boat in the waters of Lake Jocassee is a once-in-a-lifetime shot. Drive NORTH from Pickens on US 178 for approximately 16.5 miles and turn left onto Laurel Valley Rd, take the gravel road to the RIGHT and drive .5 mile to the Foothills Trail/Laurel Valley Access parking lot on left. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 35 02.938 W 82 48.828 Lee Falls (Map - Waterfalls 14) Oconee’s most scenic falls on Tamassee Creek, but no official trail make this a challenging hike. From intersection of Hwy 11 and Hwy 183, go NORTH on Hwy 11 for 4 miles. Turn LEFT on Cheohee Valley Rd for 1.4 miles. Turn LEFT onto Road 375 for 1 mile. Turn LEFT on Tamassee Knob Rd and RIGHT on Jumping Branch Rd. Turn LEFT on the second gravel road (FS 715A). GPS coordinates to parking area: N34.89344, W83.08131. Waterfall coordinates: N34.89428, W83.10191 Long Creek Falls (Map - Waterfalls 15) Multi-tiered, 50-foot cascade into Chattooga River. WEST from Westminster on US 76 13 miles to Damascus Church Rd for 1 mile. Turn RIGHT on Battle Creek Rd for 1.8 miles, RIGHT on Turkey Ridge Rd for 3 miles. Park in clearing near FS 755I. Follow to small parking area and stay RIGHT to the fork. This is a moderate hour-long hike. Last 1/4 mile is steep downhill to river. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.77767 W 083.31212 Mill Creek Falls (Map – Waterfalls 16) Table Rock State Park is best known for Table Rock, but there are quite a few waterfalls in the park. If you hike the trail to Pinnacle Mountain for 4.5 miles, you will cross Mill Creek on a bridge at the base of 25-foot Mill Creek Falls. There are a few more cascades upstream as well where you can linger. Table Rock State Park is on Hwy 11 near the Greenville-Pickens county line. Enter at the WEST gate, go past the campground and follow the signs to the nature center. Park in the lot across from the nature center and cross the road. GPS coordinates to Table Rock State Park: W 35.035889 N 82.705917 14 • Visitors Guide

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Opposum Creek Falls (Map - Waterfalls 17) Two-hour hike to this 50-foot cascade requires quite an effort. WEST from Westminster on US 76 13 miles. LEFT onto Damascus Church Rd 1 mile. RIGHT on Battle Creek Rd 1.8 miles. RIGHT on Turkey Ridge Rd 2.2 miles. Park on left and follow trail for 2 miles to the river then hike upstream. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.77332 W 083.30361 Pigpen/Licklog Falls (Map - Waterfalls 18) Two sets of falls 1/4 mile apart. From Hwy 28/US 107 intersection, NORTH on 107, 3 miles to a LEFT on Village Creek Rd for 1 mile. Turn RIGHT on Nicholson Ford Rd (FS 775) 2 miles to park. Access Foothills Trail toward Chattooga River and Falls. Easy one-hour hike. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.91905 W 083.12020 Rainbow Falls (Map - Waterfalls 19) This is an impressive 150-foot falls, and the hike is adventurous enough to make you feel like you are getting away from it all, but not too challenging. Definitely worth a visit. The Horsepasture River is a good spot around which to build a waterfall tour, and can be accessed from Gorges State Park. The park is located on NC 281 between US 64 and the South Carolina border. Reedy Branch Falls (Map – Waterfalls 30) This 30-foot cascade is easily accessible via a 300-yard walk down a gravel road. The pull-off, with its large stone columns and iron gate, makes you think it’s private property. However, it is indeed public land as the U.S. Forest Service stake inside the gate indicates. According to a Forest Service ranger, the land was in the process of being developed for homesites when the Forest Service acquired it. Some remnants of this development remain. From Westminster, take U.S. 76 for about 15 miles. Look for the pull-off on the left after you pass Chattooga Ridge Road on the right. Riley Moore Falls (Map - Waterfalls 20) Once the site of a gristmill, this waterfall measures 12 feet high, 100 feet wide. Moderate 15-minute walk. WEST from Westminster 7.5 miles on US 76. RIGHT on Cobb Bridge Rd 1.4 miles. LEFT on Spy Rock Rd, which is gravel, 2 miles. RIGHT on FS 748C. End of road, follow short trail to falls. Moderate 15-minute walk. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.74106 W 083.18535 Secret Falls (Map - Waterfalls 21) Winding Stairs Trail leads to this waterfall off the beaten path. NORTH from Walhalla on Hwy 28. BEAR RIGHT onto Hwy 107 for 8.7 miles, park on right. Follow Winding Stairs Trail beginning at yellow posts on RIGHT. Trail turns RIGHT 0.2 miles. Continue past clearing where you exit to view Cheohee Falls. At 3rd LEFT turn, leave trail and head through foliage, looking for ravine on LEFT. 300 yards from the trail you view the waterfall. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.94110 W 083.08975 CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

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Spoonauger Falls (Map - Waterfalls 22) Set back into a hillside and surrounded by an explosion of shrubbery, this 50-foot waterfall is an easy 20-minute hike. NORTH from Walhalla on Hwy 28. BEAR RIGHT on Hwy 107 for 10 miles then LEFT on Burrells Ford Rd. 2.3 miles to bridge over Chattooga. Park and hike upstream along Chattooga River until you cross the stream. Immediately on RIGHT is trail to falls. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.97480 W 08311478 Station Cove Falls (Map - Waterfalls 23) Station Cove Falls, a stepped 60-foot waterfall forms from headwaters atop Station Mountain. An easy, 30-minute hike through a gorgeous Appalachian cove takes you there. From the intersection of Hwy 11 and 183, drive 1.5 miles NORTH on Hwy 11. LEFT on Oconee Station Rd 2.4 miles to parking area at historic site. Follow trail signs to falls. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.84867 W 083.07463 Turtleback Falls (Map - Waterfalls 24) Turtleback Falls is one of the many falls on the Horsepasture River. See Rainbow Falls for details on how to find the area. This small falls is downstream (to the LEFT) of where the trail meets the river. The locals use it as a waterslide. Whitewater Falls, upper (Map - Waterfalls 26) Beginning in North Carolina and ending in South Carolina, these falls are the highest in eastern America. From Hwy 11 in Salem, go NORTH on Hwy 130 ten miles and follow signs to Whitewater Falls. Whitewater Falls, lower (Map - Waterfalls 27) Beginning in North Carolina and ending in South Carolina, these falls are the highest in eastern America. From Hwy 11 at Salem go NORTH on Hwy 130 10 miles. RIGHT at Duke Energy’s Bad Creek Hydro Station. Park in lot for Foothills Trail. 1.7 miles to the overlook. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 35.01246 W 082.99911 Wright’s Creek Falls (Map – Waterfalls 28) Located on Lake Jocassee this falls is only accessible by boat. Launch from Devils Fork State Park (parking fee required). Boat rentals and lake tours available. For exact locations of the falls, please stop by the Devils Fork Ranger Station for a map and detailed directions. GPS coordinates for Devils Fork State Park are: N 34.952139W 82.946134 Yellow Branch Falls (Map - Waterfalls 29) 60-foot cascades over rock ledges makes this one of the favorites. NORTH from Walhalla on Hwy 28 for 5.4 miles. LEFT to Yellow Branch Recreation Area. Hike short distance on nature trail to Yellow Branch Falls Trail. 1.3 miles to the falls. GPS coordinates to parking area: N 34.80557 W 083.12876 16 • Visitors Guide

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Andrew Pickens Ranger District & Station The Andrew Pickens Ranger District and Station is named for Revolutionary War General Andrew Pickens. This 79,000-acre disportion of the Sumter National Forest serves as the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. Commonly known as the “Stumphouse” Ranger Station, this location offers a small interpretive center, sales outlet, maps and Smokey Bear memorabilia. Ellicott Rock Wilderness Congress established the 3,300-acre Ellicott Rock Wilderness in 1975 and made additions in 1984. This wilderness now contains 8,274 acres in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia and is located about 16 miles north of Walhalla, South Carolina. Straddling the 15,432-acre Chattooga Wild and Scenic River corridor, it provides a large, undeveloped area within easy driving distance of Atlanta. Below: Andrew Pickens Ranger Station is a great resource for the Sumter National Forest. Top: View from the mountains overlooking Sumter National Forest.

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CAMPING ■ CAMPING IN THE SUMTER FOREST Camping is allowed in the Andrew Pickens District without a permit. Groups of fewer than 75 people may camp in a campground. Groups of more than 75 require a special-use permit in either a campground or undesignated area. Groups of any size camping in undesignated areas will need a permit except in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District. Cassidy Bridge Primitive Camp Cherry Hill Recreation Area Whetstone Horse Camp Reservations may be made by calling 877.444.6777 or online at www.ReserveUSA.com. Andrew Pickens Ranger District Primitive Campsites These small campsites have few, if any, facilities. Saddle, pack, and draft animals are not permitted except at Riley More Ford and Tamassee Camp. For directions and seasonal road information, you are strongly urged to contact: Andrew Pickens Ranger District 112 Andrew Pickens Circle Mountain Rest, SC 29664 864.638.9568 King’s Creek Big Bend Grapevine Chauga Bottoms Timmy Place Turpin Branch Fall Creek Thrifts Ferry Woodall Shoals Brasstown Falls Owl Branch Long Bottom Ford Nicholson Field Blackwell Bridge Double Branch

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ADDITIONAL CAMPING OPPORTUNITIES IN OCONEE’S BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area 19138-A South Hwy 11 Fair Play, SC 29643 864.972.3352 www.southcarolinaparks.com/ park-finder Devils Fork State Park 161 Holcombe Cir. Salem, SC 29676 866.345.PARK, 864.944.2639 www.southcarolinaparks.com/ park-finder Oconee State Park 624 State Park Rd. Mountain Rest, SC 29664 866.345.PARK, 864.638.5353 www.southcarolinaparks.com/ park-finder/ High Falls County Park 671 High Falls Road Seneca, SC 29672 864.882.8234 www.experienceoconee.com South Cove County Park 1099 South Cove Rd. Seneca, SC 29678 864.882.5250 www.experienceoconee.com Chau Ram County Park 1220 Chau Ram Park Rd. Westminster, SC 29693 864.647.9286 www.experienceoconee.com

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THE CHEROKEE FOOTHILLS SCENIC HIGHWAY Due to a variety of impressive mountain, lake and forest landscapes, the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC Hwy 11) has always lived up to its name. This attractive route skirts the Blue Ridge escarpment, with several access points into state parks along the way. This 115-mile scenic highway is a great alternate to Interstate 85 through South Carolina. Whether you drive straight through or take your time and take the side trips, you are sure to enjoy your journey along Highway 11. For additional info, visit www.southcarolinaparks.com.

STATE PARKS Devils Fork State Park (Map - Parks 5) Salem, South Carolina 29676 864.944.2639 www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder Devils Fork State Park provides the only public access to Lake Jocassee, a largely undeveloped 7,500-acre reservoir tucked deep into the Cherokee Foothills. The park is popular with families, fishermen, scuba divers and boaters who enjoy Jocassee’s uncrowded setting and spectacular scenery – including waterfalls that cascade into the lake from steep, wooded slopes. Full campground amenities and modern villas are highlights of the park. The hiking and nature trails provide opportunities to spot rare Oconee Bell spring flowers or catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or peregrine falcon patrolling the mountain skies. Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area (Map - Parks 8)

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fisherman’s dream. The 56,000-acre lake maintains a reputation for top-flight angling, including striped, hybrid and large-mouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish. In addition to lake access, the site offers hiking, affordable one-room camper cabins and an information center, which displays vintage fishing equipment. Oconee State Park (Map - Parks 11) 624 State Park Road Mountain Rest, South Carolina 29664 864.638.5353 www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder Deep in the Blue Ridge foothills, Oconee State Park has welcomed visitors since it was first built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. It’s popular for its several picturesque, but non-demanding, hiking trails and its well-kept cabins and campgrounds. The park’s fishing lakes offer bass and www.SCMountainLakes.com


bream, and the woods are full of wildlife. Adjacent to Sumter National Forest, the park serves as a jumping-off point to the nearby Chattooga and Chauga rivers, hotspots for whitewater rafting and trout fishing. The park also marks the southern trailhead for the Foothills Trail. OCONEE COUNTY PARKS Located on the clear waters of Lake Keowee, South Cove and High Falls County Parks readily lend themselves to an array of aquatic activity. For those interested in a mountainous setting filled with beautiful waterfalls, Chau Ram County Park is just 10 miles from the famous Chattooga River. Chau Ram County Park (Map - Parks 2) Westminster, South Carolina 864.647.9286

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www.oconeesc.com/parks Open March - November. Chau Ram County Park is located at the confluence of the Chauga River and Ramsey Creek. With a 40-foot waterfall and Oconee’s longest suspension bridge, Chau Ram has something to offer everyone. Visitors can enjoy hiking/biking trails or go tubing and

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fishing on the river. Many campers use the park as a base when going rafting on the nearby Chattooga River. Shelters and a recreational building are also available.

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Seneca, South Carolina 29672 864.882.5250 www.experienceoconee.com South Cove County Park is located on the clear waters of Lake Keowee and offers a variety of day-use facilities as well as lakeside camping. Fishing, boating, sailing and water skiing are readily accessible via two boat ramps. Day-use facilities include four tennis courts, a volleyball court, playground areas, a handicapped-accessible fishing pier and a sand beach. The area also provides picnic tables and grills, as well as two rental facilities for group events. Camping is provided on a first-come, firstserved basis and is located on a peninsula overlooking Lake Keowee. Of the campsites available, 46 are waterfront.

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HIT THE TRAILS! When it comes to trails, you’ve hit the jackpot with Oconee County! No matter what your thing – hiking, biking, waterfalls, fitness, river exploring, ATV, horseback, or history, it is all to be found on the many trails of this rich region. Appealing to high adventurers, as well as those with more modest physical ambition, the trails of this region offer something for everyone – from simple park trails to ambitious steep climbs and cave exploration. A great source for information regarding trails is the website maintained by the South Carolina State Trails Program, www.sctrails.net. Trails on this site are well described, with lengths and times of hikes, difficulty levels and good directions included. All of the hikes are worthwhile. For more trails than those listed here, you can also visit www.scmountainlakes.com/uploads/ Experience/Hiking.asp. For hikes to some of the nearly 150 waterfalls in Oconee County, please see the waterfall section of this guide.

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Big Bend Trail (Map - Trails 1) Starting from the Cherry Hill Recreation Area, a moderate 2.7-mile trail affords views of the biggest drop on the Chattooga River, a rumbling 30foot hydraulic known as Big Bend Falls. Even though this is a mountainous locale, you will find the hiking on this trail is fairly straightforward. The Big Bend Trail eventually ends at a junction with the Foothills Trail. Chattooga Trail (Map - Trails 2) This moderately difficult, 15.5-mile trail runs parallel to the famous Chattooga River and through some of the finest wilderness in South Carolina. At points along the way, it shares sections with the Foothills and Bartram trails, but make no mistake, this trail is all about the wild Chattooga River watershed. Waterfall lovers shouldn’t miss this trail because you can see a number of them here, including King Creek, Spoonauger, Big Bend, Pig Pen and Licklog Falls. Visitors Guide • 25


King Falls along the Chattooga Trail

East Fork Trail (Map - Trails 3) The East Fork Trail has two trailheads: one at the Chattooga Picnic Area adjacent to the Walhalla Fish Hatchery and one at Burrells Ford. Starting at the picnic area, East Fork Trail is an easy 2.5-mile hike along the north bank of the scenic, fast-moving east fork of the Chattooga River. If you start from the west trailhead, you will need to hike 2.1 miles on the Chattooga Trail from Burrells Ford. Foothills Trail (Map - Trails 4) This trail covers about 100 miles, including spur and loop trails linking Oconee State Park with Table Rock State Park via Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall in the East. The area surrounding the trail, which crosses numerous rivers, varies widely from beautiful State parks (Oconee and Table Rock) to Nantahala National Forest lands (Whitewater Falls). Recreational opportunities abound in the area, from camping in the forest and state parks, to fishing and swimming on the rivers and lakes. Activities associated with the Foothills Trail are coordinated by the Foothills Trail Conference. For information about the trail, purchasing a guide book or membership in 26 • Visitors Guide

the Conference, write to The Foothills Trail Conference, PO Box 3041, Greenville, South Carolina 29602, or call 864.467.9537. Fork Mountain Trail (Map - Trails 5) This moderately difficult 6.4-mile trail starts in South Carolina at the Sloan Bridge Picnic Area and ends in North Carolina where it joins the Bad Creek Trail in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area. From here, the trail eventually becomes the Chattooga Trail and continues southwest to Burrells Ford. The trail weaves along the northern flanks of Fork Mountain, ascending and descending through numerous coves and ravines. At the junction with the Bad Creek Trail, you can return or extend your hike approximately 1.3 miles to Ellicott Rock. Rocky Gap/Willis Knob Horse Trails (Map - Trails 6)

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Whetstone Horse Camp in South Carolina serves as a base camp for many users of both trails. Earls Ford Road, located near Whetstone, provides a parking area and hiking trail access to the Chattooga River.

torical Trail is moderate to strenuous, along an incomplete 19th-century railbed near Walhalla. Oconee Bells Nature Trail (Map - Trails 10)

Winding Stairs Trail (Map - Trails 7)

A 75-foot waterfall tucked away along this moderate, 3.5-mile trail helps make Winding Stairs one of the finest beginner trails in northwest South Carolina. If you start at the northern trailhead at the Cherry Hill Recreation Area, this meandering path is an easy hike because it drops 1,100 feet over its length. If you are looking for a more demanding hike, start at the southern trailhead on Tamassee Road (FS 710). Bad Creek Spur Trail (Map - Trails 8)

This short, moderately strenuous trail provides a connection to the Coon Branch Trail, Foothills Trail and Lower Whitewater Falls Trail (via the Foothills Trail). At the entrance to Duke Energy’s Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station, register at the guard gate then follow the signs for two miles to the parking area for Whitewater Falls and Foothills Trails. Blue Ridge Railroad Historic Trail (Map - Trails 9)

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This easy, 1-mile loop within Devils Fork State Park gets its name from a rare wild flower that has gorgeous white blooms. The trailhead is behind the park office at the bottom of the hill. You can park in the boat ramp lot behind the office. Choestoea Trail (Map - Trails 11)

This is a mostly level, out-and-back .8-mile hiking trail that follows an old roadbed through hardwood and pine forest. Pets are permitted on a leash.  Beech Bluff Trail (Map - Trails 12)

On this short, hilly, out-and-back dirt path through a quiet forest of pine and oak, you will wind along a ravine and creek, and pass scenic views of Lake Hartwell. Pets are permitted on a leash. The trailhead is located at the parking area of Lake Hartwell State Park. Oconee Connector for the Palmetto Trail (Sumter National Forest) (Map - Trails 12) Once the Palmetto Trail is complete, this moderately difficult 3.2-mile trail will be the Visitors Guide • 27


View along Natural Bridge Nature Trail

terminus, but for now you can start from either Oconee State Park or Oconee Station. Mountain bikes are allowed on the Oconee Connector. Natural Bridge Nature Trail (Map - Trails 13) Starting from the Meeting House in Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area, this moderately strenuous, well-marked 1.5-mile loop

will provide you with a 45-minute getaway in the land that the Cherokee once traversed. Raven Rock (Map - Trails 14) Starting from the Meeting House in Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area, this moderately strenuous, well-marked 4.2-mile loop allows you to hike on land that the Cherokee once traversed.

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The great outdoors of Oconee County offers endless opportunities for all ages — whether you’re interested in just whiling away the time or your enthusiasm for outdoor activities is boundless. If you’ve visited or live in the area, then you no doubt are familiar with Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee and know of their reputations for pristine waters, endless mountain views, and lots of room for all forms of water activity. With over 300 miles of shoreline on Lake Keowee and 75 miles on the more secluded Lake Jocassee, even the most beautiful days allow for plenty of room to enjoy the water. At the southern end of the county is Lake Hartwell, one of the Southeast’s largest and most popular public recreation lakes, often referred to as “the Great Lake of the South.” Keowee is generally more accessible, as well as more developed, with public boat ramps maintained by both the Oconee County Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism and Duke Energy. On the lower level of Lake Keowee, access is available at: • South Cove County Park • Cane Creek Access • High Falls County Park • Stamp Creek Access Area • Keowee Marina • Warpath Access Area www.SCMountainLakes.com


Keowee’s north end offers cooler water and a closer view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Access is available at: • Mile Creek Park • Crow Creek Access Area • Keowee Towne Landing • Fall Creek Access Public access to 7,500-acre Lake Jocassee is limited to Devils Fork State Park off of Hwy 11, the number one visited state park in South Carolina. This largely undeveloped lake lies snug in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is popular for families, fishermen and bird watchers. The park offers first-class amenities and is very popular, so be sure to check for reservations at www.ReserveUSA. com. Lake Hartwell was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963 and has consistently been one of the top three most-visited Corps lakes in the nation, with an estimated 14 million people visiting annually. Hartwell comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles, 262 of which border Oconee County. Over 20,000 acres of public land surround the lake. The Corps operates nine campgrounds, 15 major day-use areas and numerous other lake-access areas. Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area is a popular camping and boating destination, as are Coneross and Oconee Point Campgrounds located on the Seneca River arm at the northern end of the lake. Oconee is host to 18 boat ramp, several picnic and swimming areas, and several vacation rental homes. For additional information, contact Lake Harwell’s visitor CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

information center at 803.225.3832 or visit the Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance website at www.MyLakeHartwell.org. No matter which of these incredible lakes you choose to visit, it is always a good idea to peruse the website, www.dnr.sc.gov/regulations, at the beginning of each season. A downloadable file with annual water recreation regulations is available to share with the family — especially the kids. Several regulations are specific to age and you’ll want to make sure your family members are aware of wake zones, sunset rules, fishing regulations and the like. ■ RIVERS Fun, excitement on the Southeast’s finest Chattooga River The 19-mile stretch of the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River is known for its history, whitewater rapids, and meandering, mountainous woodland passage. Its lower passage is considered among the best of whitewater trips, with heart-thumping Class III to Class VI rapids.

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FISHING IN OCONEE For the angling enthusiast, Oconee County and South Carolina’s Mountain Lakes area has plenty of outstanding fishing opportunities whether you’re looking for an eventful day on the lake or a beautiful day of fly fishing in mountain streams. Here are a few highlights of what the area has to offer: Lake Jocassee With the pristine Jocassee Gorges as a backdrop, the only thing better than the scenery on this 7,500 acre Duke Energy reservoir is the great fishing for trophy brown and rainbow trout. The lake holds five state records including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, redeye bass, white bass, spotted bass, catfish, carp and rainbow, brook and brown trout species. Lake Keowee This 18,372.acre Duke Energy reservoir was created as a water supply for Duke’s power generation operations and has earned a reputation as a great spotted bass lake. Also available are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, redeye bass, crappie, catfish and trout. Lake Hartwell At 56,000 acres, this U.S. Corps of Engineers impoundment is well known for its trophy striped bass, as well as largemouth and spotted bass species. The prestigious Bassmaster Classic was held on the lake in 2008. In addition, the lake offers plentiful bream, crappie, catfish and hybrid striped bass. Lake Tugaloo As the pick up point for rafters and paddlers from the Chattooga River, this 600 acre mountain gem holds one of only a handful of walleye populations in the state. The remote access is located off SC Hwy. 76 near Long Creek and the 20 HP motor restrictions make it a haven for canoe and kayak anglers. Fish found in the lake also include bream, crappie, largemouth bass, white bass and catfish. 36 • Visitors Guide

Oconee State Park Lying within the boundaries of the 1,165 acre Oconee State Park on Hwy. 107 above Mountain Rest, the park’s two fishing lakes offer bass, bream, catfish and seasonal trout fishing, as well as paddle boat rentals. With camping and lodging accommodations on site, this location put anglers within easy reach of prime stream fishing in the Chauga and Chattooga rivers and the Oconee State Fish Hatchery. Chattooga River Listed as one of the nation’s best wild and scenic rivers, the 57 mile long Chattooga forms the border between South Carolina and Georgia and offers world class fly casting opportunities for trout. The river houses wild trout populations supported by regular stockings from Oconee County’s Walhalla State Fish Hatchery and is championed by the local Chattooga River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. You can fish for smallmouth and redeye bass, bluegill, catfish, brown brook and rainbow trout. Chauga River The “little sister” to the Chattooga, the Chauga River offers a downsized version of the Chattooga’s world class wild trout fly fishing also supported by hatchery trout in a more intimate setting that is easily wadeable across its upper reaches. Some remote camping facilities are also available right on the banks of the river. Trout and redeye bass are the main targets. Eastatoe River The Eastatoe River in nearby northern Pickens County offers fly angling for wild rainbows in a spectacular wilderness setting, spin and bait fishing for hatchery supported trout with easy and convenient access, and the opportunity to tangle with trophy size brown trout. www.SCMountainLakes.com


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■ LICENSING South Carolina fishing licenses are available at many retail outlets in the area, online from the Department of Natural Resources, www. dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html or visit the SCDNR Clemson Office, 311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson. Phone: 864.654.8266.

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GROUP TOURS Nestled under the Blue Ridge Mountains, Oconee County offers the perfect setting for memorable experiences. From magnificent mountain views and pristine waters, to tranquil wilderness and quaint downtowns, Oconee County has an abundant selection of group touring opportunities. Here are just a few of the adventures that await you.

■■Oconee Station State Historic Site Learn the historical significance as the first military compound then later a trading post. The site features expert historic interpretation with black powder musket demonstration, picnicking, fishing, and trail access to Station Cove Falls in the Sumter National Forest.

■■Lake Jocassee Boat Tour Tour Lake Jocassee to find out for yourself why it was named “National Geograhic’s Destinations of a Lifetime”. It’s South Carolina’s clearest, deepest and coldest lake with picturesque views of the mountains and a picnic under your own private waterfall.

■■Kudzu Designs with Nancy Basket Nancy Basket, a Native American, will enthrall visitors with wonderful stories from the past. Visitors not only learn how to make paper and baskets from kudzu but will have the opportunity to participate in the process. 40 • Visitors Guide

■■Oconee Heritage Center Housed in the historic Tobacco Warehouse of Walhalla, take a step back in time to learn about Oconee County’s history. Featured is the “Chattooga Canoe”, a 32 ½ foot dugout canoe carbon dated from the late 1700s. www.SCMountainLakes.com


■■Chattooga Belle Farm Offers outdoor and interior setting for tours. The event barn is perfect for lunch or dinner then guests can enjoy picking seasonal fruits.

■■Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail started with one quilt square mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla. It quickly spread to over 100 quilt panels throughout Oconee County mounted on barns, businesses, homes and public buildings.

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MEETINGS There may not be a place in the Southeast better suited to bring your organization or corporate team for a getaway than the Mountain Lakes Region of Oconee County. And, the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau can arrange your retreat or conference at a location that fits your needs. The MLCVB can locate the proper venue for meetings, find lodging, plan for catering, arrange for technology equipment and support, customize team-building programs, provide photographers, plan after-hours entertainment and recreation and help with news media coverage. The beautiful mountains, rivers and streams of the mountain region are a perfect setting for retreats and meetings. A number of venues are available for a quiet business meeting, a team-building experience or a large corporate convention. Oconee State Park Rich in history and located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the park ranks 15th of more than 4,000 in the nation. It has a swimming lake, private cabins, a gift shop and a seating capacity of 75 in its meeting rooms. Devils Fork State Park With a ranking of fourth in the nation, this gorgeous park sits on Lake Jocassee, the clearest lake in South Carolina. Meeting rooms seat 25. There is fishing, boating and hiking available.

For all of your Group Tour or Meeting planning needs, email: Charlotte@SCMountainLakes.com

Chattooga Belle Farm A charming location with a 5,500 squarefoot event space in a barn with a stacked stone fire place that seats 100 guests. There is an onsite kitchen, a farm store, hay rides and scenic views. Keowee Key A country club on Lake Keowee that offers lodging, meals and meeting space for up to 300 people. Magnolia Manor Bed and Breakfast A venue that has a true southern plantation look that can seat up to 280 inside and out with a full onsite catering and bar service. The Lighthouse on Lake Keowee A restaurant and event center that seats 200 or more. Westminster Depot A rebuilt train depot that is on the National Register of Historic places. This facility seats 50. Walhalla Civic Auditorium Large theater-like facility that seats 453. Hidden Cove at Lake Keowee Secluded meeting venue that has seating for up to 120. Cross Creek Plantation Located in Seneca, features a superb golf course and seating for up to 280.

Gignilliant Center in Seneca One of the largest facilities in the area, the center can seat 333 and 175 in two meeting rooms with a seating capacity of 1,135 in its gymnasium. The center is located in the heart of Seneca, the area’s largest city. Tamassee DAR One of only two Daughters of the American Revolution schools, this one was established in 1919 to provide a formal education for children in the rural Appalachian Mountains. There are ample facilities for meetings, including a 300seat chapel and a 440-seat auditorium. CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

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DESTINATION OF A LIFETIME “Oconee” is a Cherokee word meaning “land beside the water.” The Andrew Pickens Ranger District of the Sumter National Forest is located in Oconee County on more than 85,000 acres. The district has a wide variety of programs and works across all functional areas including wildlife, fisheries, fire, timber, recreation, special uses and lands. The management on the district emphasizes habitat restoration and enhancement for a diverse range of wildlife and plant species with emphasis on rare, threatened, endangered and sensitive species. Popular attractions of the district include hunting, fishing, hiking, fall color sightseeing, camping, horseback riding, and whitewater floating on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. Isaqueena Falls

■ CLIMATE The Mountain Lakes Region of Oconee County has four seasons. Average daytime temperature is a mild 70°F (21°C). Annual Average Temperatures: Maximum: 72.4° F Mean: 58.8° F Minimum: 45.1° F Annual Average Rainfall: 60.65 Inches Highest Daily Snowfall: 15 Inches (Jan. 7, 1988) 44 • Visitors Guide

The Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors’ Bureau provides information and maps to the waterfalls, lakes and rivers, and can also provide guidance on white water rafting, waterfall tours, lake tours, boat rentals, fall foliage tours, fishing, hiking, golfing, canopy tours and lodging at mountain cabins, lake front rental homes or lakeside campgrounds. Oconee County is a Cherokee word meaning “Land beside the Water.” With rivers, lakes and waterfalls, Oconee County is almost entirely surrounded by water and mountains – the outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise! Whatever season, scenic splendor and outdoor adventure will be waiting – all with a touch of southern hospitality! Come visit Oconee County and experience the lakes, waterfalls, rivers and mountains for yourself. www.SCMountainLakes.com


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WEDDINGS & FAMILY GATHERINGS There are a number of venues in Oconee County that specialize in weddings and family gatherings. Not only do they offer some of the most beautiful settings for your special occasion, but they surround you with unmatched southern hospitality as well. Your dreams can come true and wonderful memories await you right here! Whether you are looking for an outdoor or interior setting, the natural beauty of the Upstate provides a full array of opportunities for groups, large or small. And after the vows are spoken or the reminiscing is done, Oconee provides the perfect place for a honeymoon or extended family vacation. Hit the links on our challenging mountain golf courses. Take your bride or your entire family on sightseeing tours of the beautiful mountains and waterfalls, or a guided boat tour on the pristine waters of Lake Jocassee.

For more information, please contact the Mountain Lakes CVB email at info@scmountainlakes.com.

The Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau can help you:

Historic Ballenger House (Map - POI 11) 212 E.S.Third St., Seneca, SC 29678 864.886.4210, www.ballengerhouse.org

• Find the right facilities for your event • Plan your itinerary • Make hotel reservations • Plan group outings for your attendees • Schedule catering and make dining reservations

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Listed below are a few of the beautiful locations available for your event: Magnolia Manor (Map - Lodging 7) 207 Westminster Hwy Westminster, SC 29693, 864.647.8559 www.magnoliamanorbb.com Chattooga Belle Farm (Map - POI 6) 454 Damascus Church Rd. Long Creek, SC 29658 864.647.9768 www.chattoogabellefarm.com The Vault (Map - POI 25) 215 N Townville St., Seneca, SC 29678 864.483.2994

Calyx Farms 6181 North Hwy 11, Walhalla, SC 29691 864.903.2840, www.calyxfarms.com Walhalla Civic Auditorium (Map - POI 26) 101 E. North Broad St., Walhalla, SC 29691 864.638.5277 www.walhallacivic.com www.SCMountainLakes.com


Shaver Recreation Complex (Map - POI 22) 698 W. S. 4th St., Seneca, SC 29678 864.885.2709, www.seneca.sc.us Gignilliat Community Center (Map - POI 9) 621 N. Townville St., Seneca, SC 29678 864.885.1886, www.seneca.sc.us Chau Ram Park (Map - Parks 2) 1220 Chau Ram Park Rd. Westminster, SC 29693, 864.647.9286 High Falls Park (Map - Parks 6) 671 High Falls Rd., Seneca, SC 29672 
 864.882.8234 South Cove Park (Map - Parks 13) 1031 South Cove Rd., Seneca, SC 29672 
 864.882.5250 Oconee State Park, (Map - Parks 11) 624 State Park Rd. Mountain Rest, SC 29664, 864.638.5353 Devils Fork State Park, (Map - Parks 5) 161 Holcombe Cir. Salem, SC 29676 864.944.2639

Diakonia Retreat Center 455 Quail Ridge Rd., Salem, SC 29676 864.944.6788 www.diakoniaretreatcenter.org The Lighthouse 1290 Doug Hollow Rd., Seneca
 864.888.4446 www.lighthousekeowee.com Hidden Cove 156 Keowee Marina Dr., Seneca SC 29672 www.ATHIDDENCOVE.com Biggerstaff Christian Retreat Center 398 Biggerstaff Road, Seneca, SC 29672 864.882.3337 biggerstaffctr@bellsouth.net

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CITIES AND TOWNS town latching The charming cities and towns onto cotton of the Mountain production. Lakes Region Today it’s have much to ofwell known in fer. Antiquing is a Oconee for favorite pastime, fantastic home reflecting the valsites, outdoor ue of heritage to activities and the locals. You’ll mountain adfind quaint restauventures. Just rants, historic disminutes from tricts, regional artSalem are the ists and a variety gated comHistoric Downtown Seneca of locally owned munities Cliffs at shops and boutiques to explore. Find a trea- Keowee Falls, Cliffs Vineyards, The Reserve at sure here and enjoy the local history! Lake Keowee and Keowee Key, each with a re■ FAIR PLAY Fair Play is an unincorporated community in Oconee close to I-85 and Lake Hartwell. It is host to popular boating and golf activities. ■ LONG CREEK Long Creek is a unincorporated community in western Oconee County, within the Sumter National Forest. It is home to the Long Creek Academy, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. ■ MOUNTAIN REST Mountain Rest is an unincorporated community near the Chattooga River in northwestern Oconee. ■ NEWRY Newry is an unincorporated village just off the shores of Lake Keowee. Newry is on the National Register of Historic Places as a district known for its historic textile mill and mill village. ■ SALEM The small town of Salem is located just off beautiful Scenic Highway 11, and is a gateway to both the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lakes Jocassee and Keowee. Originally a lumber town with six sawmills, Salem became an agricultural CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

nowned signature golf course. ■ SENECA Originally called “Seneca City,” this, the largest city in Oconee County, was founded in 1873 at the point where two railroad lines connecting Atlanta and Charlotte crossed. Earlier, a Native American village named Esseneca was settled by the Cherokee near present-day Clemson University. The city’s unique blend of railroad history, Cherokee heritage and commercial leadership provides a wealth of attractions for visitors. The Ram Cat Alley Historic District is a collection of 21 commercial buildings in the downtown area of the city. When the state built a by-pass around this historic center of town, the community adjusted and continues to grow the area while developing its charm with quaint shops, art galleries, dining options and more. In recent years the city has scheduled a number of downtown festivals that have attracted thousands of visitors to the community. For information on specific sites and scheduled events, visit www.seneca.sc.us. ■ WALHALLA Cradled within the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Walhalla is the county seat Visitors Guide • 49


of Oconee. Founded in 1850 by the German Park offers a variety of activities such as hiking, Colonization Society, Walhalla, “Garden of the biking and fishing. Plus the world-renowned Gods” continues the tradition of history through Wild and Scenic Chattooga River that features a tree lined streets adorned with beautiful homes variety of whitewater rapids. Nestled near three and churches. popular lakes, a A walk of national forest, history through rolling mountains and golf museums can be found within courses, Westminster offers a block of downtown. Museum a wide variety of the Cherokee of occupational and recreational of South Carolina, Patriot’s Hall opportunities. A and the Oconee treasure trove of Heritage Center wonderful archishare treasures tecture, Westof time gone by. minster boasts A stroll of Main more than 100 Street will tempt homes that date Walhalla the visitor to dash back to 19th and into a number early 20th cenof antique and turies. Nintey specialty shops percent of those and charmhomes are ocing restaurants cupied and with full to light maintained with menus. great diligence Within minand pride. Main utes of downStreet, with its town, drive to unique shops Issaqueena Falls and hometown and Stumpatmosphere, house Tunnel to has benefited enjoy the natufrom an influx of ral beauty that private investWestminster surrounds Walment to restore halla. End the and renovate day with a show at Walhalla Civic Auditorium. most of its buildings. It is home to several faA day well spent in the Village of Walhalla. mous festivals, including the S.C. Apple Festival and Mayberry Comes to Westminster. ■ WESTMINSTER The City of Westminster is in the foothills of ■ WEST UNION West Union is a small town located bethe beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Westminster has a diversified economic base, ranging tween Seneca and Walhalla that hosts several from modern industry to quaint shops along its retail and antique establishments, attracting historic Main Street. It is surrounded by several shoppers from across the county. In 1880, rivers including the Chauga River and Ramsey West Union was first incorporated after being Creek which meet to form Chau Ram Falls. This founded by recognized temperance advocate beautiful 40-foot falls cascades over large boul- Joseph Grisham. ders and can be viewed at Chau Ram Park. The 50 • Visitors Guide

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While in the Mountain Lakes area be sure to spend a day enjoying our beautiful city and the unique shops on our historic Main Street.

Westminster Home of the SC Applefest


Rich in history and surrounded by natural beauty, Walhalla, ’Garden of the Gods’ is Oconee’s county seat. A quaint town, Walhalla is known for its antiques, museums, festivals and is the gateway to the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tree lined streets grace the entrance to a town full of historic homes and beautiful churches. Waterfalls, trails, lakes and rivers fill the area with a natural bounty of adventure, glorious beauty and an enriched lifestyle. Check out Walhalla’s festivals including the 1st annual Kraft Bierfest, October 5, 2013 at the historic Walhalla Depot at Kaufman Square.

October 5, 2013 from 2-6 pm

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864-638-2727 www.walhallachamber.com Walhalla, Your next destination.


WALHALLA WALKING TOUR Walhalla is not only the county seat for Oconee County, but it is the hub of the county’s historical wheel. The city is home to several specialized museums and historic points, all of which can be accessed by a leisurely stroll. We invite you to park your car at the Earle House, home of the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau. While you enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack, enjoy the local art and quilts that are displayed throughout the center. Then, spend an hour or two learning the rich heritage of Oconee County. We recommend the following stops, which will bring you back to within a block of your beginning point. 1. Walhalla Civic Auditorium 2. St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church and Cemetery 3. Patriots Hall, Oconee Veteran’s Museum 4. Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina 5. Oconee Heritage Center 6. Earle House - Visitor’s Center 7. The Depot 8. Stroll through downtown

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Whether you are visiting the Mountain Lakes region of Oconee County, SC, for pleasure or business, by yourself or with your family or friends, we have the lodging you are looking for: from luxury lake front vacation rental homes to the charming southern comfort of plantation style bed & breakfasts to primitive camp sites, RV sites or rustic camp sites or a hotel near town. Whatever your desire, we have something for you and you will always be welcomed with a touch of southern hospitality! We look forward to your visit.

LODGING Please remember to ask for the “CVB DISCOUNT” at the Seneca hotels for a substantial nightly savings! ➥ Hotels Best Western 511 US Hwy. 123-By Pass, Seneca, SC 29678 864.886.9646, 800.WESTERN www.bestwestern.com Days Inn 11015 N. Radio Station Rd., Seneca, SC 29678 US Hwy. 123 & Route 28 864.885.0710, 800.329.7466 www.daysinn.com Hampton Inn & Suites 1011 East North 1st Street, Seneca, SC 29678 864.482.2900 1-800-Hampton www.hamptoninn.com Quality Inn 226 Hi-Tech Rd., Seneca, SC 29678 864.888.8300, 800.JAMESON www.jamesoninns.com Chattooga River Resort 14239 Hwy 76 (Long Creek Hwy) Long Creek, SC 29658 www.chattoogaresort.com 864.873.7310 Relax Inn 109 E. Windsor St., Westminster, SC 29693 864.647.2045 54 • Visitors Guide

➥ Bed and Breakfast Sunrise Farm B&B 325 Sunrise Dr., Salem, SC 29676 864.944.0121 www.SunriseFarmBB.com “Your country home-away-from-home in the SC upcountry.” Sunrise Farm Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to rest after a full day of outdoor fun at nearby attractions, including breathtaking waterfalls, numerous state parks and historical sites, antique shopping opportunities, dozens of hiking trails and Clemson University. Choose from four spacious, c.1890 Victorian bedrooms with private baths, or one of two private cottages.

Lowry House Inn 206 S. Fairplay St., Seneca, SC 29678 864.888.0122, 888.290.9686 www.lowryhouseinn.com Walhalla Liberty Lodge 105 Liberty Ln., Walhalla, SC 29691 864.638.8239, www.walhallalibertylodge.com Magnolia Manor 207 Westminster Hwy., Westminster, SC 29693 864.647.8559, www.magnoliamanorbb.com Fieldstone Farm Inn B&B 640 Fieldstone Farm Rd. Westminster, SC 29693 864.882.5651, 877.835.2535 www.fieldstonefarminn.com

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The Queen’s Cottage on Lake Keowee Near the intersection of highways 28 and 123 in Seneca. Bill and Connie Caldwell, (864) 888-7500 or info@QueensCottageOnKeowee.com. Enjoy Lake Keowee living during your stay in the Keowee, Hartwell or Jocassee suites. queenscottageonkeowee.com

Keowee Key Rentals 1390 Stamp Creek Rd., Salem, SC 29676 864.944.2400, 800.537.5253 www.1stchoicerealty-sc.com

➥ Vacation Rental Homes Bob Hill Realty 528D ByPass 123, Seneca, SC 29678 864.882.0855, www.bobhillrealty.com

Robinson Lake Front Lodge at Jocassee Salem, SC 864.616.1273 www.jocasseelakehouse.com

Carolina Home Real Estate 102 N. Fairplay St. Seneca, SC 29678 864.882.6670 www.carolinahomesc.com Mountain Lakes Vacation Rentals 800.610.0020, www.mtnlakes.com

Maple Crest Lake Jocassee 694 Jocassee Lake Rd., Salem, SC 29676 864.719.9494, www.jocassee-vacation.com

Vacation Rental By Owner Lake Keowee, Seneca, SC 770.717.1516, www.vrbo.com/96259 Villas of Foxwood Hills 10 Kinston Manor Dr., Westminster, SC 29693 864.647.9533, 800.477.3155 www.foxwoodhillsresort.com

Offering a selection of over 60 privately owned lakefront homes with docks throughout the Lake Hartwell/Keowee area since 1996. Our website provides details, photos, locations and online reservations. This is our GUARANTEE to you: “If, upon arrival, you are dissatisfied we will provide a suitable alternative or we will promptly refund your money.”

Top Gun Realty 864.784.9977 www.homeaway.com/Vacation-rentals/ South-Carolina-vacation-rentals.htm Bear Pond Cabin 307 Hyatt Dr., Salem, SC 29676 864.877.7558, www.scvacationcabin.com Carolina Mountain Lakes Lake Cherokee, Tamassee, SC 704.467.4062 www.carolinamountainlakes.com Devils Fork State Park 161 Holcombe Cir., Salem, SC 29676 866.345.PARK, 864.944.2639 www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder Jocassee Lodge Lake Jocassee, Salem, SC 29676 864.517.3601 www.jocasseelodge.com CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Devils Fork State Park Cabin

➥ Cabins Lake Hartwell State Park 19138-A South Hwy. 11, Fair Play, SC 29643 864.972.3352 www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder The Cabins P. O. Box 219, Fair Play, SC 29643 864.972.1508, www.valuecom.com/lakecabins Chattooga Ridge Cottages Chattooga Rafting Center Long Creek, SC 29658 800.451.9972 www.wildwaterrafting.com/cabins.php Chattooga Belle Farm’s Horseshoe Lake Cabin 454 Damascus Church Rd., Long Creek, SC 29658 864.647.9768 www.chattoogabellefarm.com Visitors Guide • 55


Mountain Rest Cabins & Campground 175 Homeland Dr., Mountain Rest, SC 29664 864.718.0333, www.mountainrestcamping.com

Chau Ram County Park 1220 Chau Ram Park Rd. Westminster, SC 29693 864.647.9286, www.experienceoconee.com

Oconee State Park 624 State Park Rd., Mountain Rest, SC 29664 866.345.PARK, 864.638.5353 www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder

Carolina Landing Fair Play, SC 29643 864-972-9892

Chattooga River Resort 14239 Hwy 76 (Long Creek Hwy) Long Creek, SC 29658 www.chattoogaresort.com 864.873.7310 ➥ Camp Sites and RV Sites Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area 19138-A South Hwy 11, Fair Play, SC 29643 864.972.3352 www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder Mountain Rest Cabins and Campground 175 Homeland Dr., Mountain Rest, SC 29664 864.718.0333, www.mountainrestcamping.com

Chattooga Sounds Camp 2851 Damascus Church Road Long Creek, SC 29658 864.647.6196, 864.710.8032 http://www.chattoogasounds.com Long Creek Campground 165 Raines Rd, Mountain Rest, SC 29664 864.647.1938 www.longcreekcampground.com Keowee Falls RV Park Keowee Camp Road, West Union, 29696 864.638.5716 www.keoweerv.com

Devils Fork State Park 161 Holcombe Cir., Salem, SC 29676 866.345.PARK, 864.944.2639 www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder Oconee State Park 624 State Park Rd., Mountain Rest, SC 29664 866.345.PARK, 864.638.5353 www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder High Falls County Park 671 High Falls Rd., Seneca, SC 29672 864.882.8234, www.experienceoconee.com

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Waterfront Cottages

Oconee Point 200 Oconee Point Rd., Seneca, SC 29678 888.893.0678, www.reserveamerica.com South Cove County Park 1099 South Cove Rd., Seneca, SC 29678 864.882.5250, www.experienceoconee.com Coneross Park 699 Coneross Park Rd., Townville, SC 29689 888.893.0678, www.reserveamerica.com Crooked Creek RV Park 777 Arvee Ln., West Union, SC 29696 864.882.5040, www.crookedcreekrvpark.com 56 • Visitors Guide

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Chattooga Sounds Camp  

The perfect base camp for your next adventure!

Chattooga Sounds Camp, located in Long Creek, offers campers the solitude and peacefulness of nature, but just moments away from all the outdoor action you’re looking for.

• Walk-In and Drive-In Tent Sites • Raised Camp Sheds • Large Group Camp Area • Covered Picnic Shelter, Camp Kitchen • Bathhouses • Low-Ropes Course, • Fitness Trail • Kayak Rentals, Guided Trips

For information and reservations: 864.647.6196 or chattoogasoundscamping@yahoo.com 2851 Damascus Church Road • Long Creek, SC 29658

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the Clemson University Conference Center and inn is the perfect place for experiencing Clemson and the surrounding area. Adjacent to the University campus, its garden-like setting and lakeside location make it ideal for your next visit. With seasons by the lake restaurant, Joe’s place Bar and the championship Walker golf Course, there’s no better place for your next Clemson experience.

Hosting tHe Clemson experienCe 230 Madren Center Drive • Clemson University • Clemson, SC 888-654-9020 • cuconferencecenter.com


DINING

Southern cuisine is part of our charm

When you come to upstate South Carolina, be sure to bring your appetite for Southern cooking. No matter what your preference, you will find a complete menu of Southern fare, from barbecue and freshwater trout to sausage gravy over biscuits and the ultimate Southern favorite ... GRITS! You’re sure to discover and savor one incredible dining experience after another, from some of the best BBQ to be found anywhere to Charleston’s world-famous shecrab soup, which several local eateries have managed to bring inland without missing a morsel of great taste. From little out-of-the-way places and timeless roadside diners to elegant dining rooms, no matter what your budget or your tastes, Oconee County cuisine will leave you hungry for more. Area restaurants offer visitors a range of cuisines, each with its own flavor and style, most locally owned and operated. Several restaurants feature a cozy atmosphere in which to enjoy an everchanging seasonal menu, and others offer fine dining options that use items from area farms and artisan producers. CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Here are a few dining options you might want to consider: Fatz Copper River Grill J. Peters Puerto Nuevo Athens The Spotted Pig BBQ Los Amigos Lucky Strike Eva’s El Jimador Paesano’s Sole Tiki Hut For more listings of area restaurants go to: www.scmountainlakes.com Visitors Guide • 59


OFF THE EATIN’ PATH Blue Marble Café & Bakery 12019A North Radio Station Road Seneca, SC 29678 864.882.3434 Hours Tues-Sat 11am-3pm, closed Sun-Mon www.bluemarblebaked.com Cash or check only. Brasstown Creek BBQ 70 Brasstown Rd., Westminster, SC 864.647.2458 Directions: Hwy 76 at S37-46. 4-8pm. Friday & Saturday, Cash Only A small family-run local secret, tucked into the upper-most corner of South Carolina’s old moonshine country. The BBQ is amazing, smoked in a single batch each day like it was cooked for the family. And don’t miss the homemade pecan pie. Chattooga River Resort & Dining 14239 Hwy 76 (Long Creek Hwy) Long Creek, SC 29658 www.chattoogaresort.com (864)-873-7310 Circa 1930 112 Ram Cat Alley, Seneca, SC 864.888.1933 Located on historic Ram Cat Alley in downtown Seneca, this charming restaurant is a must-do for lunch. The food is wonderful, the service is excellent and the ambiance is eclectic and charming. A great place to get fresh homemade soups and sandwiches. 60 • Visitors Guide

Everyone knows if you want to enjoy the best food a community has to offer, you need to ask the locals. Well, we’ve done the work for you. Most of them are tucked away on side roads, side streets and, occasionally, closer to a creek than any human life form. One thing is certain, when you find them you will enjoy them!

Dakota Grill 2911 Highlands Hwy, Walhalla, SC 864.718.0553 Directions: At the base of the mountain on Hwy 28. From top-quality grilled steaks and low-country style crabcakes to combinations such as filet mignon and shrimp, the menu at this hideaway just north of Walhalla has the local folks excited. Entrees come with a 15-item salad bar and baked artisan breads. You better be hungry! www.dakotagrillsc.com El Jimador 903 East Main Street, Westminster, SC 864.647.2080 El Jimador Restaurant features the best in fresh authentic Mexican food. Enjoy a dining experience that combines beautiful decor with the freshest of ingredients in recipes brought from Mexico. The Grill At Clemson Marina 150 Clemson Marina Dr Seneca, SC 29678 864.653.6767 Friday - Sunday: 11am - 9pm www.clemsonmarina.us Outdoor waterfront café with a great view of the Clemson football stadium. Tailgating service with boat shuttles available. Humble Pie Pizza 14239 Long Creek Hwy., Long Creek, SC 864.647.9098 Directions: Hwy 76 at SC 37-538 In 2004, the building next door to the Chattooga Whitewater Shop was renovated into Humble Pie Pizza – serving up sandwiches, salads and pizza. The owners say, “we don’t brag about our pizza, but you will!” www.SCMountainLakes.com


Liberty Lodge 105 Liberty Lane, Walhalla, SC 864.638.8239 Directions: Hwy 28 through Walhalla; left onto S. Maple Street; 2 miles on the right. Historic country inn located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Features history, amenities, house tour, lodging packages and dining. www.walhallalibertylodge.com The Lighthouse 1290 Doug Hollow Rd., Seneca, SC 864.888.4446 Directions: Take Hwy 130 to Doug Hollow Road. An upscale restaurant on Lake Keowee accessible by road and by lake. Offering casual fireside dining and formal veranda dining, with mountain and lake views from every window. www.lighthousekeowee.com Martha’s Market Place Café 101 W Main St., Walhalla, SC 864.638.0770 Great people and great food, especially breakfast, in the heart of historic Walhalla. Paesano’s Italian Restaurant 1727 Blue Ridge Blvd., Seneca, SC 864.882.3368 Get a little taste of Italy at Paesano’s. Delicious Italian food, steaks, fresh fish and, of course, incredible pizzas and calzones – enjoyed inside or outside, with a full wine list to choose from. Puerto Nuevo Mexican & Seafood 201 Foothills Center Dr, West Union 864.638.0096 102 E Main St, Westminster, 864.647.2147 Serving Oconee County for over 10 years,

Puerto Nuevo is the gold standard in authentic Mexican cuisine. Now with 2 locations, Puerto Nuevo delivers the tastiest food and best margaritas north of the Rio Grande. Sisters Restaurant 281 Stamp Creek Rd. (Hwy 130) Salem, SC 864.944.8100 One of the best well-kept secrets around. Sisters serves breakfast and lunch 5 days a week, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. All menu items are available for take out. Beer and wine available during lunch service. The Spot on the Alley 122 Ram Cat Alley, Seneca, SC 864.985.0102 You’ll feel at home at The Spot with pleasant, stimulating conversation, cold drinks, entertainment and great food, including “Best Burger in the Upstate” as voted by the locals. (Who else are you going to believe?) www.thespot.us

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Marketplace Cafe “Best Breakfast in town, Lunch is even Better” CHECK OUT OUR MARKET! • Antiques • Collectibles • Jams & Jellies • Ice Cream & more Book Parties, Meetings or sPecial events with us. Monday - Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 101 W Main St. Walhalla, SC 29691

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The Spotted Pig BBQ 15491 S. Highway 11, Fair Play, SC 864.972.3065 Directions: Hwy 11, 3 miles west of I-85. Known for their brisket, but the ribs and pulled pork are also excellent – moist, good smoke flavor and topped with your choice of sauces. Finish up with a mile-high piece of pie. www.spottedpig.com Sweet Retreat 510 E. Halfway Branch Rd. Walhalla, SC 864.885.0887 Craving sweets? This is the place to be! Create your own treat from an outstanding list of ingredients mixed together and served on a freshly made sugar cone. 
Also a great place to get hand-made truffles and other assorted goodies. Taco Riendo 115 Bountyland Rd, Seneca 864.882.0790 This spinoff from the owners of Puerto Nuevo takes food lovers on an adventure into more

traditional home cooked and gourmet Mexican fare. Translated as “Laughing Taco,” Taco Riendo has been a smash hit and its menu delivers nothing but smiles. Tiki Hut 156 Keowee Marina Dr., Seneca, SC 864.882.0800 Directions: Take Old Salem Road off the 123 By-Pass in Seneca. This is a great place to relax and have fun ... for all ages. Enjoy the outdoor atmosphere with beautiful Lake Keowee sunsets as a backdrop. www.clubtikihut.com Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe 124 North Townville St., Seneca, SC 864.882.3006 Sink your teeth into savory deli sandwiches, fresh salads and ice cream treats at one of the places locals rave about. www.yeoldesandwichshoppe.com

Dining in Casual Elegance • Private Cabana Club • Boat Slips Available Covered Outdoor Seating with Spectacular Views Picturesque View of Lake Keowee and Blue Ridge Mountains

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ANNUAL FESTIVALS in Oconee County

Mayberry Comes to Westminster Downtown Westminster 864.638.7426 www.jneg.org/mctw/mctw/Welcome.html When Mayberry comes to Westminister on April 26-27 you will see tribute artists, music venues, Mayberry parades, a Miss and Mrs. Mayberry Contest, a trivia contest, food vendors, Mayberry merchandise, a car and tractor show, arts & crafts and more!

Seneca Fest Downtown Seneca, Norton-Thompson Park  864.723.3910 rhjohnson@seneca.sc.us The City of Seneca will be hosting the 7th Annual Seneca Fest in downtown Seneca May 23-25, featuring The Charlie Daniels Band in concert on May 25 (tickets $5 at Seneca City Hall). Seneca Fest is free. Downtown 64 • Visitors Guide

Seneca, Norton-Thompson Park and Gignilliat Field. Music, food, games and lots of fun! Portion of proceeds benefit Wounded Warriors. Contact (864) 723-3910 for information. Fun In The Sun Festival West Union, SC 864.710.9613 This summer festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Family event and live music will be taking place down town. There will also be lots of food and vendors, games and exhibits for children of all ages including a marshmalloweating contest. Blue Ridge Fest 734 W. Main Street, Pickens, SC 800.240.3400 www.blueridge.coop/blueridgefest/ This annual festival is popular throughout the region. This year’s event will be on May 10. Classic car cruise-in, food and drink. Entertainment featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Johnny Mason and the Clovers, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs and the Party Prophets Band. Gates open at 2 p.m. for cars. Come in a classic car and get a carload of four in for $25. For more information call 1-800240-3400.

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The 4th Annual Mayberry Days event will be staged in downtown Westminster May 2-3, 2014 with several Mayberry look-a-likes, or tribute artists. Headlining the list again will be David Browning, the Mayberry Deputy, who for the last 24years has portrayed the infamous Barney Fife all over America. Along with Browning will be Allan “Floyd the Barber” Newsome, Tim “Goober” Pettigrew and Phil “Ernest T. Bass” Fox. also Jeff “Howard Sprague” Branch, Bob “Briscoe Darling” Munday, and Christie “Anndylina Wash” McLendon¸” Charlene Da rl ing’s daughter. They’ll be part of all the festivities including a “Mayberry style” bluegrass concert on Friday night. Also scheduled are two Look-a-like contests, Mayberry parades, a Miss Mayberry pageant, a trivia contest, a car and tractor show, arts, crafts and food venues as well.

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with festivities on Main Street and Sertoma Field, including food, carnival rides, arts and crafts, shopping and, of course, authentic German music and dancing.

Hillbilly Days Mountain Rest, SC 864.638.1967 One of the oldest July 4th festivals in the state of South Carolina: festival includes clogging, square dancing, country and bluegrass music, crafts and food each July. South Carolina Apple Festival Downtown Westminster 864.647.7223 www.scapplefestival.com Beginning the day after Labor Day and running through the following weekend, the South Carolina Apple Festival celebrates the beginning of the apple harvest in Oconee County. The annual festival has drawn thousands of visitors to Westminster, since its first appearance in 1961.

Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair 1220 Highway 59, Fair Play http://www.carolinafoothillsheritagefair.org/ Crafts, cotton candy, livestock displays, wagon rides, antique tractor exhibits, pony rides, canning demonstrations, frisbee dog exhibitions and carnival rides...everything you’d expect in an old-fashioned country fair - and more! First week of October.

Oktoberfest Walhalla, SC 864.638.2727 This weekend-long event, now in its 35th year, starts on the third Friday of each October. Walhalla celebrates its German heritage 66 • Visitors Guide

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GATE ADMISSION SERTOMA FIELD-WALHALLA, SC $3 Children 3-10 (Under 3 Free) $5 Adults OKTOBERFEST SCHEDULE OF EVENTS $5 Adults OKTOBERFEST SCHEDULE OF EVENTS $3 Children 3-10 (Under 3 Free) GATE ADMISSION SERTOMA FIELD-WALHALLA, SC 6 PM to Midnight $3 Children (Under 3 Free) SERTOMA FIELD-WALHALLA, SC $53-10 Adults Annual Oktoberfest Luncheon GATE ADMISSION 6 PM to Midnight GATE ADMISSION $3 Children (Under 3 Free) OpeningOktoberfest Ceremonies $53-10 Adults Annual Luncheon 6 PM to Midnight $5Rides Adults Crafts · Oktoberfest Food · Carnival Opening Ceremonies $3 Children 3-10 (Under 3 Free) 6 PM to Midnight Annual Luncheon

$3 Children 3-10 7-Midnight Little German & Dancers 6-12 PM Crafts · Oktoberfest Food ·Band Carnival Rides(Under 3 Free) Annual Luncheon Opening Ceremonies 6 PM to Midnight Little German Band & Dancers 6 PMPM Opening Ceremonies 6-12 Crafts · Food · Carnival Rides 1 PM Annual Oktoberfest Luncheon Saturday, October Friday, October 18 19 PMto toMidnight Midnight 6-12 PM Crafts · Food ·Band Carnival Rides96AM 7-Midnight Little German & Dancers 6 PM 18 Opening Ceremonies Friday, October PMto toMidnight Midnight 9 AM Rotary 5K Road Race 1 PM 19 Annual Oktoberfest Luncheon 7-Midnight Little German Band & Dancers96AM Saturday, October 6-12 PM Crafts · Oktoberfest Food · Carnival Rides 1 PM Annual Luncheon AM-Midnight Crafts · Food 6 PM Opening Ceremonies 9 AM Rotary 5K Road Race Saturday, October 19 7-Midnight Little German Band & Dancers9 AM to Midnight 6 PM Opening Ceremonies 10 AM Carnival Rides 6-12 PM 19 Crafts Food · Carnival 9 AM AM-Midnight Saturday, October 9 AM to Midnight 9 Rotary·· 5K Road Race Rides 6-12 PM Crafts Food · Carnival Rides 11:15-Noon Oktoberfest Dancers 7-Midnight Little German Band & Dancers 10 AM Carnival Rides 9 AM Rotary 5K Road Race AM-Midnight Crafts · Food Saturday, October 19 9 AM to Midnight 7-Midnight Little German Band & Dancers 1-4 PM Little German Band & Dancers 11:15-Noon Oktoberfest Dancers 9 AM-Midnight Crafts · Food 10AM AM Carnival Rides 9 Rotary 5K Road Race 1-5PM Kinderhaus (Free Children’s Art) 1-4AM PM 19 Little German Band & Dancers Saturday, October 9 AM to Midnight 10 Carnival Rides 11:15-Noon Oktoberfest Dancers 9 AM-Midnight Crafts · Food Saturday, October 19 9 AM to Midnight 4:30-7 DJ-Vince 1-5PM Kinderhaus (Free Children’s Art) 9 AM Rotary 5KRuherford Road Race 11:15-Noon Oktoberfest Dancers 1-4 PMPM Little German Band & Dancers 10 AM Carnival Rides 9 AM Rotary 5K Road Race 7:30-Midnight Little German Band & Dancers 4:30-7 PM DJ-Vince Ruherford 9 AM-Midnight Crafts · Food 1-4 PM Little German Band & Dancers 1-5PM Kinderhaus (Free Children’s Art) 11:15-Noon Oktoberfest Dancers 9 AM-Midnight Crafts · Food 10 PM Fireworks 7:30-Midnight Little German Band & Dancers 10 AM PM Carnival Rides 1-5PM Kinderhaus (Free Children’s Art) 4:30-7 DJ-Vince Ruherford 1-4 PM Little German Band & Dancers 10 Carnival Rides 10 AM PM PM Fireworks 11:15-Noon Oktoberfest Dancers 4:30-7 DJ-Vince Ruherford 7:30-Midnight Little German Band & Dancers 1-5PM Kinderhaus (Free Children’s Art) 11:15-Noon Oktoberfest Dancers Sunday, October Noon to 5 PM 1-4 PM20 Little German Band & Dancers 7:30-Midnight 10 PM Fireworks 4:30-7 PM DJ-Vince Ruherford 1-4 PM Little German Band & Dancers 1-5PM Kinderhaus 10 PM 20 Fireworks (Free Children’s Art) Sunday, October Noon to 5 PM 7:30-Midnight Little German Band & Dancers 1-5PM Kinderhaus (Free Children’s 4:30-7 DJ-Vince Ruherford 1-5 PMPM Crafts · Food · Carnival RidesArt) Sunday, October 20 Noon to 5 PM 10 PM Fireworks 4:30-7 DJ-Vince Ruherford 7:30-Midnight Little German German Band & & Dancers Dancers 1-4 PMPM Little • Kinderhaus 1-5 Crafts · Food · Band Carnival Rides Noon Sunday, October 20 to 5 PM 7:30-Midnight Little German Band & Dancers 10 Fireworks 1-4PM PM Little German Band & Dancers • Kinderhaus 1-5 PM Crafts · Food · Carnival Rides Sunday,Continuous October Noon to 5Street, PM 10 PM 20 Fireworks with pick ups andRides drop offs at Main 1-5 Crafts · Food · Band Carnival 1-4 PM shuttle service available Little German & Dancers • Kinderhaus Walhalla High School and City Parking Lotand on S. Catherine St. 5Street, shuttle service available with pick ups drop offs at Main Sunday,Continuous October 20 Noon to PM 1-4 PM Little German Band & Dancers • Kinderhaus 1-5 PM Crafts Food · Carnival Sunday,Continuous October 20 Noon to PM Walhalla School and ·City Parking Lotand onRides S. Catherine St. 5Street, shuttleHigh service available with pick ups drop offs at Main 1-4 PM Little German Band & Dancers • Kinderhaus Walhalla School and ·City Parking Lotand onRides S. Catherine St. Street, 1-5 PM Crafts Food · Carnival Continuous shuttleHigh service available with pick ups drop offs at Main SUNDAY 1-5 SPECIAL! KIDS RIDE ALL DAY FOR $12! PM Crafts ·City Food · Band Carnival Rides Walhalla High School and Parking Lot&on S. Catherine St. 1-4 PM Little German Dancers • Kinderhaus Continuous service available with pick ups & and drop offs at Main Street, PM shuttleKIDS LittleALL German Dancers • Kinderhaus SUNDAY 1-4 SPECIAL! RIDE DAYBand FOR $12!

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Located in Oconee County in the Upstate Region of South Carolina 950 feet above sea level (34.6650 N, 83.0970 W), the City of Westminster is in the foothills of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. With a diversified economic base, ranging from modern industry to the quaint shops along Old Main Street -and surrounded by rivers, lakes, forests, mountains and golf courses, Westminster offers a wide variety of occupational and recreational opportunities. See map. A treasure trove of wonderful architecture, Westminster, SC boasts more than one hundred homes that are unique to the late 1800's and turn-of-thecentury. Our residential and business historical districts, offers a visual smorgasborg for the sightseer along our Crape Myrtle-lined streets.

Jingle on Main December – lighted store displays and extended store hours with more Christmas activities to be announced during the next few weeks.

Westminster Christmas Parade December 5 @ 6 pm & extended store hours

December Jingle on Main more Christmas activities TBA

Live Nativity December

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P. O. Box 155 Westminster, SC 29693

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HISTORY COMES TO LIFE Ashtabula/Woodburn P.O. Box 444, Pendleton, SC 29670 864.646.7249, 800.862.1795 These two 1830 clapboard mansions near Clemson were built by wealthy lowcountry planters to enjoy the more healthful climate of the foothills. Each house is completely restored and authentically furnished. Ashtabula is located three miles east of Pendleton on Hwy 88. Ashtabula Historic Home is open for tours Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is minimal. Woodburn is located eight miles north on Hwy 76 from I-85 exit 19B. The entrance road is at the corner of Hwy 76 across from Tri-County Technical College. Immediately turn right onto History Lane. Look for signs. Open for tours on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed November through March and on special holidays. Admission is minimal.

Bethel Presbyterian Church (Map - POI 3) 580 Bethel Church Rd., Walhalla, SC 29691 864.638.0810 Founded in 1805 by General Andrew Pickens, Bethel Presbyterian is the oldest church in continuous use in Oconee County. Outside is a cemetery that dates to the founding of the church. Blue Ridge Field (Map - POI 5) Holland Ave., Seneca, SC 29678 864.885.2700 Once the site of the segregated AfricanCONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

American Blue Ridge High School football field, Blue Ridge Field today memorializes the rich history of African-American education in Oconee County from the 1800s to 1969. The football field is now the site of a heritage park that, upon completion, will include history kiosks, a walking track, community gardens, picnic shelters and a recreational field.

Chattooga Town (Map - POI 7) The Chattooga River was named after the historic Cherokee town of Chattooga, which was situated in bottomlands along the river from the late 16th to the early 18th centuries. Chattooga Town is protected by the Forest Service as a significant historic site. Located on Hwy 28 northwest of Walhalla. Fort Hill, Clemson University (Map - POI 8)

846.656.2475 Fort Hill was the home of John C. Calhoun, a South Carolina statesman, from 1825 until his death in 1850. The antebellum plantation home, office and kitchen are furnished mostly with family artifacts. Hagood Mill 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens, SC 29671, 864.898.5963 This functioning 19th-century water-powered gristmill welcomes visitors to picnic and hike on the 13-acre tract. Stone-ground cornmeal and grits are always available. The grounds are open daily during daylight Visitors Guide • 69


hours. Tours and corn-grinding demonstrations are held the third Saturday of each month. Admission is free. Historic Ballenger House (Map - POI 11) 212 East South Third St., Seneca, SC 29678 864.882.7162, www.ballengerhouse.org A community landmark, the Ballenger House (circa 1925) is a beautiful red brick home built in the four-square style and located in the heart of Historic Downtown Seneca. Used as the primary residence of the Ballenger family until 1980, the home was deeded to the Seneca Woman’s Club. The club originated in 1896 and still meets today, making it the oldest club in the county.

Oconee Heritage Center (Map - POI 19) 123 Brown’s Square Dr., Walhalla, SC 29691 864.638.2224 www.oconeeheritagecenter.org The Oconee Heritage Center is housed in the historic Tobacco Warehouse of Walhalla. The museum features a Depression-era tenant farmer’s house, a virtual replica of Stumphouse Tunnel, and a 250-year-old dugout canoe. The Center’s collections are arranged into different historical eras.

Oconee Heritage Center General Store Museum 126 E. Main St., Westminster, SC 29693 864-638-2224 (Map - POI 29) The OHC General Store Museum is a replica of a general store, complete with original Historic Westminster items from England’s General Historic Westminster Depot Merchandise of Westminster, Depot (Map - POI 12) which operated for nearly 100 years on Main Main Street, Street. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 Westminster, SC 29693 a.m.-1 p.m and by special appointment. 864.647.5316 Recently restored, this train depot is on Old Pickens Presbyterian Church (Map - POI the National Register of Historic Places. 20)

Lunney House Museum (Map - POI 15) 211 West South First St., Seneca, SC 29678 864.882.4811 http://www.lunneyhousemuseum.org/ Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this California-style bungalow was built in 1909 by Dr. and Mrs. W.J. Lunney. Its distinctive arts and crafts architecture extends to include a two-story carriage house and a “two-seater” outhouse.

SC Route 183, Salem, SC 29671 864.944.1303, www.oldpickens.org Listed on 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.

The Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina (Map – POI 28) 70 Short St., Walhalla, SC 29691 www.cherokeemuseumsc.org Saturday 10 am - 2 pm or by appointment This new museum is a place where the Cherokee part of Oconee’s history is offered in detail. A wide variety of artifacts has been assembled, and the story of the Cherokee before the Trail of Tears is told as it could only be told, in a place the Cherokee called home.

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Oconee Station State Historic Site 500 Oconee Station Rd., Walhalla, SC 29691 864.638.0079 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 garrisoned by state militia. It was the last of its kind when it was decommissioned in 1799. Its impressive 20-inch stone walls are still standing today. The site features picnicking, fishing, and trail access to Station Cove Falls in the Sumter National Forest. www.SCMountainLakes.com


Oscar Wigginton Scenic Overlook

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Named for a former mayor of Salem and located approximately 25 miles north of Walhalla, the Oscar Wigginton Scenic Overlook offers a spectacular view of northeastern Oconee and northwestern Pickens counties. Located on Hwy 413 north of Walhalla.

Walhalla, SC 29691, 864.638.4343 A new railroad through the Appalachians was proposed to connect Charleston first with Knoxville and later Cincinnati. Rather than go over or around the mountains in this area, it was decided that a tunnel would be dug. The 1,600-foot-long Stumphouse Tunnel was started in 1852, but the Civil War and a lack of funds brought construction to a halt. Not far from this “tunnel to nowhere” is Issaqueena Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state.

Patriots Hall Museum (Map - POI 30) 13 Short St., Walhalla, SC 29691 http://oconeeveteransmuseum.org/ Patriots Hall offers an opportunity for Oconee citizens, their families and visitors, to see how veterans have contributed and often sacrificed for our country, the world and our freedom. There is no charge to visit the museum. The museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Retreat Rosenwald School (Map - POI 31) 150 Pleasant Hill Circle Westminster, SC 29793 Contact: Helen Rosemond-Saunders, 864.903.0547 The Retreat Rosenwald School, located just outside the city of Westminster, is a tworoom schoolhouse that served rural AfricanAmerican children from 1924 until 1950. It was partially funded by the national Rosenwald School Building program. It was one of 10 Rosenwald schools in Oconee County. In September 2011, the school was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Russell Farmstead (Map - POI 8) The Russell farmstead was a busy Appalachian farm, stagecoach stop, and inn in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The farm is located on the former stagecoach route between Walhalla and Highlands. From Walhalla follow Hwy 28 north to the left fork. The farmstead is on the left before the bridge. St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, located on Main Street in Walhalla, was originally established in 1853 by German Lutherans. Construction of the building began in 1859 and completed in 1861, just at the beginning of the Civil War. www.stjohnswalhalla.org CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Tamassee DAR School (Map - POI 29) Tamassee, SC 29686 864.944.1390 The school, founded in 1919 by the South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized to provide a place to learn and a chance to develop the ideals of patriotism, citizenship and spiritual growth for children living in the isolation of northwestern South Carolina. It was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places Open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointment preferred. Walhalla State Fish Hatchery (Map - POI 10)

198 Fish Hatchery Road, Mountain Rest 864.638.2866 Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this is the only trout hatchery in South Carolina. World of Energy (Map - POI 27) 7812 Rochester Highway, Seneca 800.777.1004 www.duke-energy.com/visitor-centers/ world-of-energy.asp You may never look at a light switch the same way again after a visit to Duke Power’s World of Energy. Located next to the Oconee Nuclear Station, the World of Energy offers an excellent opportunity to explore how electricity is generated. Bring a picnic and enjoy the view of Lake Keowee, and afterwards explore the nature trail and wander through the butterfly garden.

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A discovery awaits you. Discover the World of Energy® at Oconee Nuclear Station – it’s fun (and FREE) for all ages. The energy education center features self-guided exhibits like the Story of Energy – an enjoyable and interactive way to learn about electricity. After touring the center, hike the nature trail along beautiful Lake Keowee or take a relaxing stroll through the butterfly garden. Visit us today! Weekdays – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays – Noon to 5 p.m. 800-777-1004

www.duke-energy.com/worldofenergy


UPSTATE HERITAGE QUILT TRAIL Volunteers from the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail placed the organization’s 100th quilt block on the exterior wall of Westminster’s City Hall on Windsor Street in 2012. The design known as “Friendship Garden” has a rich history in the early 20th century quilt revival and its quilter, Essie Jane Spencer Smith, is a native of Oconee County with family roots in Westminster, S.C., since the early 1830s.

For a complete list of quilt blocks, locations, and interactive map, visit us online at:

Friendship Garden is a variation of the Dresden Plate quilt design, in which quiltmakers cut and pieced together rays from various printed fabrics and appliquéd rings and a center to the background fabric. Smith was born in 1889 to parents Lula Jane Adams and James Madison Spencer, and grew up in the Old Liberty Community, now a part of Old Madison near Westminster. She was an avid quilter throughout her lifetime and oftentimes used scraps of cloth or dress material from her children’s clothing. Friendship Garden was quilted by Smith in 1945 and presented to her youngest son and World War II veteran, Spencer, and his new bride, Lelline Crout. Smith died in 1958 and is buried at Old Liberty Baptist Church’s cemetery. For information about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, visit www.uhqt.org.

UPSTATE HERITAGE QUILT TRAIL

www.uhqt.org

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail is a self guided tour that celebrates the history of quilting, the craft and their creators. Explore each quilt panel as the trail takes you through

Oconee, Anderson and Pickens Counties.

FOR INFORMATION ON QUIDED TOURS OR OTHER GENERAL INQUIRIES, CONTACT US AT: PO Box 333 Walhalla, SC 29691 (864) 723-6603 or Email: info@uhqt.org CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

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ARTS AND CULTURE Bell Gallery (Map - POI 2) City of Seneca 221 E. North 1st St., Seneca, SC 29679 864.885.2700 www.seneca.sc.us The metal sculptures gracing the Gallery were gifts from Mrs. Bell and the “Friends of the Gallery.” The 30 framed historical photographs were chosen from the Bruce and Louise Matheson Bell collections showcased in Mrs. Bell’s book, Seneca, Visions of Yesterday, published in 2005. Blue Ridge Arts Center (Map - POI 4) 111 E. South 2nd St., Seneca, SC 29678 864.882.2722 www.blueridgeartscenter.com The Blue Ridge Arts Council is housed in Seneca’s oldest remaining religious facility, the former Episcopal Church. Built in 1882, it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The arts scene of the Mountain Lakes Region is a thriving one. Many artists are inspired by the bounty of nature and southern culture. Visiting artists add to the lively entertainment and enrich our culture. View the work of local artists, Native American crafts and quilt creations in the rooms of this historic Walhalla home that now serves as the offices of the Walhalla Chamber of Commerce and the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Vivian Edwards (artist) — Farmhouse Gallery

The Farmhouse Gallery (Map - POI 10) 124 F E. Main St., Walhalla, SC 29691 864.718.7171 Visitors are welcome and appointments are appreciated. Artist Vivian Edwards’ working studio has become an art stop for the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.

Kudzu Kabin Designs (Map - POI 13) 1105 E. Main St., Walhalla, SC 29691 864.718.8864 Housed in a 100-year-old renovated barn, the Kudzu Kabin features a gallery of kudzuderived art and gifts and is home to the only known kudzu paper factory.

Fran Hanson Discovery Center (Map - POI 32 101 Garden Trail, Clemson, SC 29634 864.656.3405 The Discovery Center, located in the SC Botanical Garden on the campus of Clemson University, offers regional brochures and garden information. Featured exhibits by South Carolina artists rotate quarterly with a permanent collection by SC native Elizabeth B. Fuller. The Garden Discovery Room offers touch tables, microscopes and a reference library for nature and gardening enthusiasts. Open Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Closed Clemson University holidays.

Earle House 105 W. S. Broad St., Walhalla, SC 29691 877.685.2537 www.scmountainlakes.com

Full Moon Artists www.fullmoonartists.com Studio art sales in December and in the spring.

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Walhalla Civic Auditorium

South Carolina Botanical Garden (Map - POI 8)

102 Garden Trail, Clemson, SC 29634 864.656.6205 www.clemson.edu/public/scbg/ The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a place “where nature and culture meet.” Beyond offering 295 acres of scenic trails and gardens, the SCBG is also home to the works of local artists and sculptors. ■ PERFORMING ARTS The Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University (Map - POI 8) 864.656.7787 The center brings various entertainment events to the area. The box office is open Mon – Fri. from 1–5 pm. The Silver Dollar Music Hall Highway 76, Long Creek silverdollarmusichall.com/ Bluegrass music every Friday night at 7 p.m. on Highway 76 in Long Creek next to The Long Creek General Store.

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Oconee Community Theatre (Map - POI 18) 8001 Utica St., Seneca, SC 29679 864.882.1910 www.oconeetheatre.org The mission of the Oconee Community Theatre, Inc. is to encourage and promote an interest in the performing arts in upstate South Carolina and Oconee County, through the production and presentation of plays, dramatic works and performing arts. Walhalla Civic Auditorium (Map - POI 26) 101 E. North Broad St., Walhalla, SC 864.638.5277 www.walhallacivic.com Now hosting big Broadway shows and popular performers like Doc Watson and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Walhalla Civic Auditorium was once the humble stage of the Walhalla Graded School, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Westminster Music Hall 101 West Main Street Westminster, SC 29693 www.westminstermusichall.com Westminster Music Hall converted a 105 year-old building on Westminster’s historic Main Street into an intimate concert hall. The size of the room, the ceiling height, and many other aspects of the old building on Main Street is a perfect setting to recreate the type of cozy, comfortable place that appeals to both performers and audiences. Visitors Guide • 75


AGRICULTURAL TOURISM Ables Orchard Hwy. 76 near Long Creek 864.647.6455, 864.647.6455 Apples, Peaches. Open: July 15 through early November Berry Thyme Farm Blueberries Berry Farm Rd. Westminster, SC 29396 864.647.6383, 864.647.6383 Open: July thru August, 7 days/week – honor system. Pay cash or check. Bryson’s U-Pick Apple Orchard 1011 Chattooga Ridge Rd. Mountain Rest, SC 29664 864.647.9427, 864.647-9427 Apples & Peaches U-Pick or Picked Open August 1- November 15, 9 – 6

hills and mountain views. Fruit, jams, wines, and specialty items are all available at this operating orchard and event facility. The Farm Store is open daily from 9-5 and the recently added Belle’s Diner serves lunch from 11am-2pm, Tuesday thru Sunday. Friendship Valley Christmas Tree Farm 130 Friendship Valley Rd. Seneca, SC 864.903.0751, 864.903.0751 Offers variety of trees grown locally as well as fresh Fraser Firs from the mountains of NC. Opens Thanksgiving day through Dec. 23, noon - 6pm.

Billy’s Goat Hill 130 Timber Trail Westminster, SC 29693 864.710.3703, billsgoathihll@att.net A sustainable family farm featuring goat meat, honey, preserves, culinary herbs, beeswax candles, soaps, lip balm, medicinal tea, marinades, sauces and gift baskets. Open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Foothills Heritage Market 178 Hayfield Road Westminster, SC 29693 www.FoothillsHeritageMarket.org The market is running through October, with the possibility of staying open through December for winter crops and Christmas Crafts. Vendors include local farmers with locally produced beef, pork, goats milk and cheese. Vendors also include gifted woodworker and an “Iron Artist” who uses recycled metal objects to make art projects such as frog statues for the landscape.

Chattooga Belle Farm (Map - POI 6) 454 Damascus Church Rd. Long Creek, SC 29658 864.647.9768 www.chattoogabellefarm.com Chattooga Belle Farm is a 138-acre working farm set among a spectacular canvas of rolling

Gnat Hill Orchard and Farm Wall Spring Rd. in Long Creek, just off Hwy. 76 864.723-2410, 864.723.2410 Apples, Blueberries, Peaches, Pecans and vegetables Open: June through mid-November

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Happy Berry Farm 510 Gap Hill Rd. Six Mile, SC 29682 864.868.2946, 864.350.9345 Email: ContactUs@TheHappyBerry.com Happy Berry Farm is located on the eastern shore of Lake Keowee in Pickens County. It is a pick-your-own small fruit farm with blackberries, blueberries, figs and elderberries available in-season. Most years, the season is from June 1 to early September. Pre-picked berries are also available. Lucky Acres Farm (Map - POI 14) 1024 Milford Rd., Townville, SC 29689 864.287.2339 www.luckyacresfarm.com Seasonal. Lucky Acres Farm is a small family farm raising alpacas and other small animals. The farm is located just three miles from I-85 at Exit 11. McPhail Angus Farm (Map - POI 16) 320 Coyote Ln., Seneca, SC 29678 The McPhail Angus Farm has been a locally significant farm for more than 100 years. It was established in 1902 by John Augustus McPhail (1876-1961) and later expanded by his son Walter Hoolu McPhail (1901-1979). The Merry Christmas Tree Farm 244 Lay Bridge Rd., Central, SC 29630 864.639.6492, 864.639.6492 Features “you cut” Leyland Cypress, Eastern White Pine, Eastern Red Cedar, Clemson Greenspire, Carolina Blue Sapphire and freshly cut Fraser Fir from NC mountains. Open Thanksgiving thru Dec. 23, 9 am to dusk. Mr. T’s Strawberries 131 Scenic Height Rd 864.638-8093, 864.6388093 U-pick and pre-picked strawberries.

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New Hope Farm & Gardens, LLC (Map - POI 17)

343 Flat Rock Rd. Walhalla, SC 29691 864.718.8365 Seasonal. You can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a family-run farm at New Hope Farm and Gardens, where you can also learn about the benefits of homesteading. Redmond Boy’s Produce & Plants 80 N. Cherry St. Seneca, SC 29678 864.882.0140, 864.882.z0140 Features fresh farm produce & plants and carries Martin Dairy Raw Milk. Open through December; closed Jan/Feb; reopen March. Ronald Martin Dairy 460 Dairy Farm Rd. Westminster, SC 29693 864.972.9829 A Family farm, milking 110-140 Holstein cows; DHEC Certified Grade A all natural raw milk in gallons and half gallons, self-serve available at the farm and at Redmond Boy’s Produce. Sorrells Christmas Tree Farm 156 Radisson Rd. Seneca, SC 864.882.5054, 864.882.5054 Features “you choose” and “we cut” Murray cyress, White Pine, Carolina Blue Sapphire, Cedar and Leland Cypress as well as fresh cut Fraser Fir from the NC mountains. Open the weekend before Thanksgiving through December 23, Mon. - Sun. 10am - 7pm.

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SPORTS & RECREATION 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

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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 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. www.SCMountainLakes.com


■ FISHING TOURNAMENTS From the BassMaster Classic to the FLW Outdoors Tour, Oconee is host to some of America’s most prestigious fishing tournaments. The waters of Hartwell, Keowee and Jocassee offer more than 90,000 acres of fishing opportunities, and sport fishing tournaments (local, regional and national) are offered on these lakes. For additional information on fishing tournaments, contact the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau at 877.685.2537, or Oconee Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 864.888.1488.

The 2014 Walmart FLW Tour is headed to the Clemson Marina on Lake Hartwell, March 6-9, 2014 with many as 300 of the world’s top bass fishing pros and co-anglers. For complete details, visit FLWOutdoors.com. ■ CYCLING The foothills and by-ways of the Blue Ridge Mountains provide the perfect setting for recreational bike users — whether hitting the trails or cruising Oconee’s back roads. In fact, the terrain is so terrific that it serves as training ground for many professional road biking teams from across the region and nation. No matter what your skill level, the mountains, hillsides, rivers and quaint towns make for a spectacular “tour-de-Oconee” ride. Issaqueenna’s Last Ride is an annual event that features several distance rides; benefitting Safe Harbor. Based at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Walhalla. www.ilrsc.com. Call 864.380.3976. ■ RODEO The Golden Corner is host to a number of rodeo events. For additional information, visit www.iprarodeo.com or contact the Westminster Chamber at 864.647.5316. ■ SAILING The waters of lakes Keowee, Jocassee and CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Hartwell lend themselves to great sailing competitions at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Two clubs in the Upstate offer resources for sailors: Keowee Sailing Club 864.288.0999 www.keoweesailingclub.com Western Carolina Sailing Club 864.226.6561 www.wcsc-sailing.org ■ SHAVER RECREATION COMPLEX W. South 4th St., Seneca, SC 29678 864.885.2709 The T.W. “Shorty” Shaver complex encompasses 33 acres, is home to the Seneca Recreation Department, and is a hub for area sports activities. With seven recreation fields, two gyms, walking trails, a greenway trail, climbing wall and the Seneca Disc Golf Course, there is no shortage of options. ■ CLEMSON UNIVERSITY (Map – POI 8) Enjoy the thrill of major university sports, cultural events and the lifelong learning courses at nearby Clemson University. The 1,400-acre campus lies on both sides of Lake Hartwell and is only 20 minutes from Lake Keowee.

■ CLEMSON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS Watch the Clemson Tigers’ top-rated football, basketball and baseball teams participate in NCAA and ACC sports. Whether you enjoy football on fall afternoons at Clemson Memorial Stadium — better known as Death Valley — or basketball at Littlejohn Stadium, the Clemson Tigers always offer sports excitement. Call 1-800-CLEMSON for schedules and tickets. Visitors Guide • 79


■ T. ED GARRISON ARENA 1101 W. Queen St., Pendleton, SC 29670 864.646.2717 The Garrison Arena is host to a number of popular rodeo and livestock shows and is one of the premier livestock showplace facilities in the South. ■ GOLF Blue Ridge Golf Center (Map - Golf 1) 2499 Blue Ridge Blvd., Walhalla, SC 29691 864.882.7949 This short and scenic “pitch and putt” course was built on a Christmas tree farm, so most of the fairways are tree-lined. The greens vary between flat and undulating, and water hazards (a creek and a pond) come into play on four holes. Upon request, carts are made available for persons with disabilities. The Trails at Chickasaw Point (Map - Golf 2) 503 S. Hogan Dr., Westminster, SC 864.972.9623 This scenic course is home to an abundance of wildlife, including turkeys, deer and fox. The Trails is a lovely 18-hole, par72 course with four sets of tees providing enjoyable play for all skill levels. Each hole is separated from the other, giving players the sense of being alone on the course as they enjoy the ever-changing beauty of The Trails. Cross Creek Plantation (Map - Golf 3) 130 Club Dr., Seneca, SC 29678 864.882.8337 This course was built on rolling hills and is heavily wooded. There are water hazards that come into play at least ten times. The fairways are well bunkered, and the small greens are undulating. The Mountain Lakes NGA Classic will be held 4/22 - 4/28 at Cross Creek Plantation. A Pro/Am tournament will be held on Tue., 4/23. For information on the tournament and the Pro/Am event, please contact Mark Ernst at Cross Creek at 864-882-8337 or visit www.NGSTour.com. 80 • Visitors Guide

Foxwood Hills Golf Course (Map - Golf 5) 300 Brighton Dr., Westminster, SC 29693 864.647.9503 This is a tough course because the fairways are extremely narrow. There is an additional set of men’s tees that can be used when playing an 18-hole round. Oconee Country Club (Map - Golf 7) 781 Richland Rd., Seneca, SC 29672 864.882.8037 This is a well-maintained course. The signature hole is #15, a 470-yard par 5, allowing the longer hitters to reach the green in two if they are willing to hit an approach shot over a lake that is positioned 100 yards in front of the green. The Walker Golf Course (Map - Golf 8) Clemson University 864.656.0236 The course is open year-round for public play. Golf holes wind through rolling hills and hardwood forests and some holes border Lake Hartwell. Individual memberships are available. Falcon’s Lair Golf Course (Map - Golf 4) 1308 Falcons Dr., Walhalla, SC 29691 864.638.0000 This scenic countryside course offers beautiful views of the mountains. It features several hilly fairways, and water hazards come into play on several holes. Keowee Key Golf & Country Club (Map - Golf 6)

1 Country Club Dr., Salem, SC 29676 864.944.2222 This course, located in the foothills, is part of a private residential community. www.SCMountainLakes.com


■ DISC GOLF Oconee County is a disc golfer’s mecca. With more courses (three 18-hole and one 9-hole) than any other county in South Carolina, if you feel the need to go disc golfing then Oconee is the place to do it. Below is a list of the current and planned disc golf courses here. For more infomation on Greater Oconee Disc Golf go to www.upstatedgc.com. Seneca (Map - Disc Golf 3) An 18-hole course at the Shaver Recreation Complex has nice elevation changes and tight, wooded fairways.Seven holes have multiple pin placements.

first being the SC State Juniors Championship and the second being the first day of the SC Doubles Championship. 864.638.2727. Clemson (Map - Disc Golf 5) University Beach was established in 2009. While it has a Clemson address, the course is actually located on the Oconee County side of Lake Hartwell, just a few minutes from downtown Clemson and the University. It’s the longest course in Oconee County with several holes being over 500 feet from the long tees. Most holes have multiple tees that are marked with flags. 275 YMCA Cir, Seneca - 864.654.9622 Tamassee DAR School

This course hosts several tournaments a year including the Spring Sling, SC Doubles Championship and the Golden Corner Classic. The Chainsaw Classic is the third Sunday in November. The Seneca Spring Open is the first Saturday in April. Disc Golf Leagues play every Monday at 6:30. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. and are open to everyone. 864.885.2709 Walhalla (Map - Disc Golf 4) A short 18-hole course that wraps around large Sertoma Field. The course makes its way into and out of the woods several times, and a creek with several small waterfalls comes into play on five holes. Sertoma Field hosted two tournaments this past year. The CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

(Map - Disc Golf 2)

This short 9-hole course is on the historic school’s property, and is open for public play. 864.944.1390 Long Creek (Map - POI 7) The 18-hole disc golf course at Chattooga Belle Farm features amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains with major elevation changes and water hazards. The holes are set throughout the farm and vineyard. The course is open to the public and cost is $3/ game or $25/annual pass, unlimited games. 864.647.9768

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For 364 Days A Year We Bring You Power & Security. The Other Day We Party.

And You’re Invited! Join us for the 17th annual Blue Ridge Fest on Friday, May 16, 2014. Past performers include Chubby Checker, The Drifters, The Temptations, Jerry Butler, Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters, The Clovers, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, The Tams, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Platters, Charlie Brown and the Coasters, The Impressions, Jim Quick and Coastline, Legends of Beach, The Rickey Godfrey Band, and Chairmen of the Board. The evening's entertainment will also include a car show with more than 500 classic automobiles. Blue Ridge Fest has given more than one million dollars to local charities over the past 16 years. Check our website for more details about the lineup for 2014.

Events take place at Blue Ridge Electric, 734 West Main St., Pickens, SC www.blueridgefest.com • 800/240-3400


EVENTS

■■OCTOBER

Thru December: Our Hats Off To You! features the Oconee Heritage Center collection of historic head wear. Call (864) 638-2224 for information. OHC is at 123 Browns Square Drive in Walhalla, S.C. Oct. 1-5: The 2013 S.C. Foothills Heritage Fair will be held at 178 Hayfield Rd. near Westminster S.C., off Hwy. 123 across from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. Midway rides by J & J Amusements, draft horse pull, Clemson storytellers, fishing tanks, wrestling, Mr. Twister the Clown, Cattle dog trial, community stage and more. Visit http://www. carolinafoothillsheritagefair.org/ Oct. 4: The Apprehended Ones and Americana Train Wreck at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www. walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Oct. 5: Kraft Bierfest in Walhalla, S.C. A home crafters contest from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Walhalla Depot. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit http://walhallachamber.com or contact the Greater Walhalla Area Chamber of Commerce at (864) 638-2727. Oct. 6: Farm to Table Dinner and Tour at Chattooga Belle Farm, 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. $80 per person. Enjoy beautiful scenery and fresh, local food at an Appalachian working farm. To purchase tickets, visit www.chattoogabellefarm. com or call (864) 647-9768. 454 Damascus Church Rd., Long Creek, S.C. CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Oct. 8 : Patti Lupone, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www.clemson. edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, MondayFriday, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 10: “Kitchen Cures: Medicine from the Pantry” with Robin McGee: noon to 3 p.m. at the Hagood Mill. Many of the spices and seasonings that we have in the cupboard and in the kitchen garden have medicinal properties as well as being delicious. Tuition is $55. Call (864) 898-5963 to register or for more information. Oct. 11: Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys and the Whetstone Mountain Boys at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Oct. 11-13, 18-20: The Lion in Winter at Oconee Community Theatre. Evening performances, 8 p.m., Sunday matinees, 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.oconeetheatre.org or call (864) 882-1910. 8001 Utica St., Seneca, S.C. Oct. 17: Ballet Hispanico, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Oct. 17-20: The Hobbit at Clemson Little Theatre, directed by Sybil Todd. Evening performances, 8 p.m., Sunday matinees, 3 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www. clemsonlittletheatre.com or call (864) 646-8100. 214 S. Mechanic St., Pendleton, S.C. Visitors Guide • 83


Oct. 18-20: The 35th Annual Oktoberfest in Walhalla, S.C., features fun, food, carnival rides, arts and crafts, music, shopping and more are the plan for the weekend! All at Sertoma Field in Walhalla. Rotary 5k, Oct. 19 at 101. E.N. Broad St. Visit http:// walhallaoktoberfest.webs. com/. Oct. 19: Twelfth Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival – Hosted by John Fowler and featuring some great storytellers with a lot of tall tales, whoppers and fun. 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens, S.C.; (864) 898-2936 Oct. 22: CU Singers, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www.clemson. edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, MondayFriday, 1-5 p.m Oct. 24: David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www.clemson.edu/ Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Oct. 24: “Herbs for Winter Wellness” with Robin McGee: noon to 3 p.m. at the Hagood Mill. Did you know that common garden Thyme was used in hospitals as a disinfectant long before the invention of those aerosol sprays? Tuition is $60. Call (864) 898-5963 to register or for more information. Oct. 25-26: Ghost Girl: The Legend of Bloody Mary at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium. Friday performance, 8 p.m., special midnight showing Saturday. To purchase tickets, visit www. walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Oct. 26: 2nd Annual Run 2 Fall 5K, 8:15 a.m., Southern Wesleyan University, 907 Wesleyan Dr., Central, S.C. Oct. 29: CU Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson 84 • Visitors Guide

University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Oct. 30: The Onion Live! at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www.clemson. edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m ■■ NOVEMBER Thru Dec. 21: The Arts Center of Clemson, 212 Butler Street features its holiday sale. Call (864) 633-5051. Nov. 1-3: Ghost Girl: The Legend of Bloody Mary at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium. Evening performances, 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic. com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Nov. 4: Benjamin Beilman, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Nov. 8: CU Percussion Extravaganza, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. An evening of rhythm featuring the Clemson Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band and Drumline. From Trinidad to Death Valley, this one-of-a-kind percussion extravaganza combines concert and marching percussion at its best. Nov. 9: New Dixie Storm and Tugallo Hollar at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Nov. 16: “The Return,” recognized as one of the premier Beatles tribute bands in America, returns to the Walhalla Civic Auditorium stage at 8 p.m. The first half of the show will feature a tribute to the early Beatles music and the second half will pay tribute to Sargent Peppers and Beyond Beatles music. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic.com or call (864) 6385277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. www.SCMountainLakes.com


Nov. 16: Selugadu VII: A Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill. Hosted by Reedy River Intertribal and featuring NativeAmericandrumming, dancing, culture and crafts; 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens; 864-898-2936 Nov. 19: Brooklyn Rider with Bela Fleck, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www.clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Nov. 21: CU Jazz Ensemble , 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Nov. 25: CU Symphonic Band features “Mothership,”8 p.m, at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m ■■DECEMBER Dec. 1: Salem Christmas Parade, 4 p.m. (864) 944-2819. Dec. 2: Seneca Christmas Parade, 6 p.m., (864) 882-2097 Dec. 3: CU Women’s and Men’s Glees, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www.clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Dec. 3: Clemson Christmas Pre-parade festivities and tree lighting, 5 p.m. Parade, 6 p.m. 864-653-2030 Dec. 5: CU Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Dec. 5: The Westminster Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. 864-647-5316. Dec. 6: Boston Brass & Brass All-Stars Big Band: Christmas Bells are Swingin’!,Dec 6 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Dec. 6-8, 13-15: A Christmas Story at Oconee Community Theatre. Evening performances, 8 p.m., Sunday matinees, 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.oconeetheatre.org or call (864) 882-1910. 8001 Utica St., Seneca, S.C. Dec. 7: Walhalla Christmas Parade, 5 p.m. 864-638-2727 Dec. 6-8, 13-15: The Clemson Little Theatre presents Best Christmas Pageant Ever; Pendleton Playhouse, 214 S. Mechanic St., Pendleton, S.C.; 864-646-8100 for reservations. Dec. 6: Eddie Miles “An Elvis Blue Christmas” at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium. Friday performance, 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www. walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Dec. 13: Emile Pandolfi at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Dec. 14: West Union Christmas Parade, 5:00 p.m. Dec. 21: Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas at Hagood Mill – Concert of Celtic and Christmas music in memory of Upstate musician and mill favorite, Ed Harrison. 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens; 864-898-2936 Visitors Guide • 85


■■JANUARY Jan 11.: Hen Party at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Jan. 16: Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, 7 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Jan. 18: Blue Highway (Bluegrass) at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Jan. 28: Bring It On: The Musical, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Jan. 31, Feb. 1-2, 8-10: Southern Fried Funeral (Play-Comedy/Drama) at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, evenings at 8 p.m and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www. walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. ■■FEBRUARY Feb. 1-9, 14-16: Belles at Oconee Community Theatre. Evening performances, 8 p.m., Sunday matinees, 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.oconeetheatre. org or call (864) 8821910. 8001 Utica St., Seneca, S.C. Feb. 6: Brooks center 20th Anniversary Celebration, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www.clemson.edu/ Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m 86 • Visitors Guide

Feb. 15: Mountain Heart (Bluegrass) at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Feb. 20-23: Working: A Musical, evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www.clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Feb. 20-23: The Clemson Little Theatre presents Charlotte’s Web; Pendleton Playhouse, 214 S. Mechanic St., Pendleton, S.C.; (864) 646-8100 for reservations. Feb 21: James Gregory “The Funniest Man In America” at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic. com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Feb. 25: Gabriela Martinez, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Feb. 25: Children’s Theatre Week - Rumplestillskin at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic.com or call (864) 6385277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. Feb. 27: Children’s Theatre Week – Alice Rock Wonderland at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic.com or call (864) 6385277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. ■■MARCH March 4: CU Symphonic Band, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m www.SCMountainLakes.com


March 7-9, 14-16: Duck Hunter Shoots Angel at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. March 13: Driving Miss Daisy, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m March 15: Seneca Half Marathon. Visit www. seneca.sc.us for details. March 21: SteelDrivers (Bluegrass) at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. March 25: Leo, 7 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m Mar. 21-23, 28-30: The Clemson Little Theatre presents Church Basement Ladies; Pendleton Playhouse, 214 S. Mechanic St., Pendleton, S.C.; (864) 646-8100 for reservations. March 27: A Far Ccry Orchestra, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. To purchase tickets visit http://www. clemson.edu/Brooks, or call (864) 656-7787, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m March 28-30: Oconee Christian Academy Drama Club Annual Play at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium. To purchase tickets, visit www. walhallacivic.com or call (864) 638-5277 or 1(877) 368-5318. 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla, S.C. ■■ONGOING Historic Ballenger House Tours and rentals: CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

The Seneca Woman’s Club preserves and manages the Historic Ballenger House. Tours by reservation, (864) 654-4043. Oconee Heritage Center: 123 Brown Square Drive, Walhalla, SC. Old-Time Music Gathering — second Saturday of each month from 3-5 p.m. Bring refreshments to share. Every fourth Thursday is book club at 6:30 p.m. Cruizin’ on Main Street in downtown Seneca, first Saturday of each month, through October; 3-9 p.m.; 50/50 door prizes.

Jazz on the Alley: Ram Cat Alley in Seneca plays host to some of the best jazz in the Upstate every Thursday, 6:30-9 p.m., through October. Bring a comfortable chair and dine under the stars while the music plays. Westminster Chamber of Commerce: Music on Main every Thursday Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, 138 Hagood Mill Rd., Pickens SC (864) 898-2936. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History continues its “Music in the Mountains” the third Saturday of every month for a day of milling, music and memories including tours, concerts, demonstrations, living history presentations and seasonal themed activities. picmus@co.pickens.sc.us The Mill also has monthly “First Saturday” house concerts in the Visitor Building, noon-2 p.m. and is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to tour the grounds and pick up those “mill” products. Oconee County Library used book sale is the second Thursday of every month in the basement of the Walhalla Library from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hard back and paperback books (adult’s and children’s), magazines, books on tape, books on CD, records, CDs, games, puzzles and DVDs. Contact Renee Bennet at (864) 882-6795. Visitors Guide • 87


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■ WESTMINSTER Christi’s You Name It - Personalized Gifts 213 E. Windsor St., 864.647.4716 Dads & Lads - Boots/Clothing 224 East Main St., 864.647.9645 Taylor’s On Main - Clothing 224 E Main St., Westminster, SC Wishbook Furnishing - Furniture 204 East Main St., 864.647.2320

ANTIQUE SHOPPING Oconee County and the Upstate area are rapidly becoming known as a mecca for those who enjoy shopping for antiques and collectibles. Whether you seek an item because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility or some personal emotional connection, chances are good that you will find it in one of the many vintage shops sprouting up throughout the area. Some valuable antiques can be bought from antique dealers and auction services. Many of the dealers operating in the Upstate are members of national trade associations, including the International Confederation of Art and Antique Association that represents 5,000 dealers across the country. Following are some the antique dealers in this area. ■ SENECA The Alley Antiques 117 Ram Cat Alley, 864.882.4476

■ WALHALLA Farmhouse Gallery - Art Studio 124 East Main St., 864.718.7171 www.thefarmhousegallery.com

The Purple Sunflower 125 Townville St., 864.886.8222 Now and Then Upscale Consignment 111 W. North 1st St., 864.882.9824

Kudzu Kabin Designs - Art/Gifts 1105 East Main Street, 864.718.8864

Patina on the Alley 114 Ram Cat Alley, 864.888.1110

Middle of Main - Accessories 124C East Main St., 864.638 8390

Porta Portese in Tannon Hall 112 Ram Cat Alley, 864.882.0300

Moore’s Men’s Store - Men’s Clothing 116 East Main St., 864.638-2054

Distinctive Finishes Studio 111 Ram Cat Alley

■ WEST UNION Fine Designs - Furniture/Gifts 1451 W. Main St., 864.638.516

■ WALHALLA Southern Mountain Antiques 218 East Main St. www.southern.mountain.com

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Warthers Antique Market 308 E. Main St., 864.638.0200

■ PENDLETON Avenue of Oaks 150 Exchange St., 864.646.8907

Middle of Main Antiques 124C E. Main St., 864.638.8390

Blue Ridge Antiques 130 E. Main St., 864.646.6008

Farmhouse Interiors 124A E. Main St., 864.718.7171

Colonial Square Antique Mall 134 E. Main St., 864.617.1511

Old Trading Post 222 E. Main St., 864.638.6107

Grandma’s Antiques and Things Corner of Broad and Queen Sts. 864.646.8836

■ WEST UNION Beyond Art Antiques & Collectibles 168 Scenic Plaza Dr, 864.638.9696

Mountain Made 102 Exchange St., 864.646.8836 Past Times 165 N. Mechanic St., 864.508.5629

Uncle Fred’s Wearhouse 101 North Hwy. 11, 985.515.4412

Pendleton Place Antiques 651 S. Mechanic St., 864.646.7673

The Vintage Market 168 Scenic Plaza Dr, 864.638.9696

Village Station Antiques 107 N. Mechanic St., 864.646.3090

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We owe you 40 years of thanks. It’s Oconee Nuclear Station’s anniversary, and we’d like to extend a special thanks to the thousands of employees and neighbors who have supported us – and this community – since 1973.

Together, we’ve generated more than just power.

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GEOCACHING Treasure-hunters, unite! Under the large and crannies that can give any treasureriver boulders on the Chattooga River and hunter a run for their money. Be sure to hidden in deep gorges of the Upstate’s enter the date into the caches’ log book and discover the adventures of foothills are hidden other participants, as well. treasures. Haven’t geocached before? Known as geocaching, Don’t worry. enthusiasts travel from all Geocaching is suitable over to participate in the for all ages and all levels of recreational activity by experience. Depending on the using a GPS device to hike location, there are variety of and to seek “geocaches” urban geocaches perfect for anywhere in the world. The item’s inside a cache change first-timers. A search on geocaching. with every discovery thanks to Visit www.geocaching.com/ com shows more than the take one, leave one policy. guide/ to learn more about 1600 possible caches geocaching and how to find locations and within 40 miles of Seneca, SC. The lakes, rivers, mountains, forests and a GPS coordinates. If service is available, there multitude of county, state and national parks are several free and priced smartphone in the region provide the perfect backdrop in applications for geocaching, including Groundspeak Inc.’s Geocaching, BtStSoft’s which to search for these geocaches. Typically, caches are stored in small, Geocaching Toolkit and Pavel Ahafonau’s waterproof containers perfect for nooks Commander Compass and Spyglass ($3.99).

Crown Of The Carolinas Filmed in High-definition, this 90 minute DVD provides a musical & visual guide to some of the brightest jewels in these Carolina mountains- Jocassee Gorges, Lake Keowee, Oconee Bells, countless waterfalls, & much more!

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“EXPERIENCE OCONEE” Tourism video about Oconee County “Experience it all...wild and scenic rivers, historical treasures, pristine lakes, mountain trails and all the endless activities that Mother Nature has provided the Mountain Lakes Region. It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, accentuated with a little help from mankind. While you’re here, take time to enjoy internationally renowned golf courses set in spectacular mountain and lake vistas.” The award-winning DVDs, Oconee: Land Beside the Water and Experience Oconee, can be viewed or downloaded free of charge at www.SCMountainLakes.com. ■ REAL ESTATE AND RELOCATION Now that you’ve visited the Mountain Lakes Region of South Carolina, chances are you’ve decided to stay—like many others have done. The Upstate has a national reputation as one of the best places to relocate. It’s a quality of life that, when combined with the local education, entertainment and cultural options, offers an unparalleled lifestyle. For information on public schools, local government, and general relocation, the following links may be helpful. School District of Oconee County: www.oconee.k12.sc.us Oconee County Government: www.oconeesc.com One of the best resources for any relocation is to consult with a local realtor, who will be able to guide you to housing that meets your specific needs as well as inform you about local utilities, builders, post office services and the like. The area offers a wide variety of housing, both seasonal and perCONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

manent, and Oconee’s local realtors can be a great asset in helping you and your family make the best decision for you. For additional information, contact: Bob Hill Realty 528 By Pass 123 # D, Seneca 864.882.0855 www.bobhillrealty.com/ Carolina Home Real Estate
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864.882.6670 1st Choice Realty - Keowee Key Realty 1209 Stamp Creek Rd., Salem 
864.944.2400 Century 21 Hometown Realtors 100 Century Plaza, Ste. 8H, Seneca
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People Quick Facts Oconee County Population, 2010 estimate: 74,274 Persons under 18 years old, 2010: 21.1% Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2010: 19% Female persons, percent, 2010: 50.6% Living in same house 1 year and over, 2006-2010: 85.1% Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2010: 24.9 Housing units, 2010: 38,763 Homeownership rate, 2010: 76.9% Housing units in multi-unit structures, 2010: 7.5% Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2010: $126,700 Households, 2010: 29,910 Persons per household, 2010: 2.43

Emergency Number for Oconee County and Vicinity

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Fire, Police, Ambulance Oconee Medical Center 298 Memorial Drive, Seneca, SC 29672 864.882.3351 Carolinas Poison Control Center 800.222.1222 Forest Fire Reporting 800.777.3473 • 800.735.8583 (TTY) Sheriff Anderson County 864.260.4400 Oconee County 864.638.4111 Pickens County 864.868.2603 Fire 864.898.5500 - Central, Norris, Six Mile Police 864.656.2222 - Clemson, Other Areas 864.226.6013 - Pendleton 864.638.4222 - Salem, West Union 864.885.2718 - Seneca City Only 864.638.4222 - Seneca, Other Areas 864.638.4345 - Walhalla Police 864.639.4020 - Central 864.624.2000 - City of Clemson 864.656.2222 Clemson University 864.885.2718 - Seneca City Only 864.638.5831 - Walhalla 864.647.3222 - Westminster South Carolina Highway Patrol Emergencies Only 864.260.2200 800.768.1503 Copyright © Kingfisher Maps, Inc. 2009 www.kingfishermaps.com

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The Mountain Lakes Visitor’s Guide is a biannual publication published by The Journal and the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau in Oconee County, South Carolina. Its purpose is to provide information to visitors and tourists about Oconee and the surrounding area. It is available free of charge at numerous locations in Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties and at South Carolina Welcome Centers.

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