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Lakes & Rivers - The Upcountry South Carolina

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Lakes & Rivers - The Upcountry South Carolina

Lakes & Rivers - Upcountry South Carolina

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Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway (SC Hwy. 11)

Looming majestically beyond the low, soft hills of the Piedmont, the southernmost peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains follow the highway.  It provides a scenic alternative to driving the Interstate. Extending from I-85 near the N.C. border to... more info...

Lake Jocassee
161 Holcombe Circle, Salem, SC 29676
(866) 345-7275

The lake has 7,500 acres of deep water and 75 miles of shoreline.  The lake, named "Place of the Lost One" because of a Cherokee legend. Jocassee, an Indian maiden, was said to have drowned herself in grief over the murder of her... more info...

Oconee County Parks, Recreation & Tourism

"Oconee" is a Cherokee word meaning "land beside the water" and water is in no short supply. With all the lakes and rivers to explore you may just find it hard to leave. In the northwestern-most corner of South... more info...

South Carolina State Parks

South Carolina's State Park system is one of the most admired in the country and provides a wide range of activities and spectacular scenery. At State Parks, you’ll find the best boating, mountain biking, horseback riding,... more info...

Waterfalls of the Upcountry

We've highlighted more than 35 publicly accessible waterfalls that are found in SC's Upcountry.  They range in height from 40 to 700 feet.  Most of the falls can be found in the area's parks and are easily reached, while... more info...

Suggested Listings

The Broad Scenic River flows along the county borders of Cherokee and York in the Piedmont region of South Carolina as it makes its way toward joining with the Saluda River in Columbia to form the Congaree. more info...

Chattooga National Wild & Scenic River
112 Andrew Pickens RD, Mountain Rest, SC 29664

The Chattooga is recognized as one of the SE's premier whitewater rivers and the most famous whitewater paddling spot in the state. more info...

Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours
1251 Academy Road,, Long Creek, SC 29658
(864) 647-9587
Alternate Phone: (800) 451-9972

Located on the Historic Long Creek Academy campus, this 3 hour tour takes you on a flight through the trees to experience the exhilaration of soaring with a birds eye view of native trees, wildflowers, historic buildings and 4 crossings over... more info...

Chau Ram County Park
1220 Chau Ram Park RD, Westminster, SC 29693
(864) 647-9286

The park is located at the confluence of the Chauga and Ramsay Creek.  Visitors can enjoy hiking and biking trails, go tubing or fishing on the river, camp and enjoy the 40-foot waterfall and the suspension bridge over the river.  ... more info...

The Chauga River is a popular fishing area for rainbow trout, brown trout, and redeye bass. The Cassidy Bridge area offers parking and access. The warmer reaches of the river have largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish. more info...

Clemson University Outdoor Lab
263 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson, SC 29634-0735
(864) 646-7502

The Outdoor Lab provides meeting and programming possibilities found in few environments. Excellent accommodations for conferences, workshops, retreats and other programs are available. more info...

Croft State Park
450 Croft State Park Rd., Spartanburg, 29302
(864) 585-1283

The former World War II Army training camp features 7,054 acres of rolling terrain, two lakes that support an excellent habitat, trails, equestrian facilities and camping. Visitors can visit cemeteries of early settlers or remnant Army structures. 50 ca more info...

Devils Fork State Park
161 Holcombe Circle, Salem, SC 29676
(864) 944-2639

Three miles north of S.C. Hwy. 11 on Jocassee Lake Road. 84 sites. (59 RV, 25 T) (2 handicapped sites) Water and electrical hook-ups for RV's. Central water for tent camping. Year round. more info...

Lake Blalock encompasses 1,105 acres and contains approximately 45 miles of shoreline and offers many recreational activities like boating, fishing, and swimming. more info...

Lake Bowen encompasses 1,534 acres and contains approximately 33 miles of shoreline and offers many recreational activities like boating, fishing, and swimming. more info...

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