Jennifer Cox, Lake Life Realty

Memorial Day is fast approaching – and the Upstate of South Carolina is full of wonderful places, events and local businesses to visit! Home to three lakes (Lake Hartwell, Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee), numerous rivers and waterfalls, historical downtown districts and other unique attractions and events, Oconee and Pickens Counties are the perfect vacation destination.


Located in the western corner of South Carolina and nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains both Oconee and Pickens county are a nature lovers dream come true! With over 160 waterfalls between the two counties, hiking and biking trails range from low intensity to strenuous and should be properly planned and mapped out. Most waterfalls in the area are easily accessible and even have picnic or designated camping areas.

Oconee County

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Pickens County

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If you love to camp, fish or just relax in the great outdoors you are sure to find a spot in one of the fifteen local parks and campgrounds.

Oconee County

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  • Chattooga River Resort (RV), Long Creek
  • Chattooga Sounds Camp Ground, Long Creek
  • Chau Ram Park (RV), Chauga River
  • Coneross Park (RV), Lake Hartwell
  • Crooked Creek RV Park (RV), West Union
  • Devils Fork State Park (RV), Lake Jocassee
  • High Falls County Park (RV), Lake Keowee
  • Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area (RV), Lake Hartwell
  • Mountain Rest Cabins & Campground, Mountain Rest
  • Oconee Point (RV)
  • Oconee State Park (RV), Mountain Rest
  • South Cove County Park (RV), Lake Keowee

Pickens County

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  • Keowee-Toxaway State Park, Sunset
  • Mile Creek Park, Six Mile
  • Table Rock State, Pickens


If camping isn’t your thing, both Oconee & Pickens Counties are home to numerous hotels as well as cozy Bed & Breakfasts.

Oconee County

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Pickens County

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In addition to the campground and parks, both counties are home to an assortment of other historical and interesting attractions.

Oconee County

  • Oconee Station State Historic Site, Walhalla
  • Stumphouse Tunnel Park, Walhalla
  • Walhalla State Fish Hatchery, Chattooga River

Pickens County

  • Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve, Sunset
  • Jocassee Gorges Scenic Driving Tour, Sunset
  • Long Shoals Wayside Park, Pickens
  • Sassafras Mountain – Highest Point in South Carolina, Sunset
  • South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson


What could be better than enjoying lunch, dinner or a few cocktails while sitting lakeside? Lake Keowee has two delightful spots to do just that!

The Lighthouse is a
restaurant that sits on a cove on Lake Keowee. They have a unique menu
and the seating offers amazing views – both inside and on the patio.
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Cabana Lake Keowee is located next to the Lighthouse. They have
direct boat access, a diverse dinner menu and lots of weekly events and
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The Tiki Hut is a private club (you must be a member or a guest of a member to drink alcohol) but is also a public restaurant. Located on the shores of Lake Keowee they have a large deck with outside seating as well as bar seating under a covered area.

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For the last 10 years the City of Seneca has been host to SenecaFest over Memeorial Day Weekend. The streets of Downtown are filled with local artisans, food vendors, events for families and children as well as home to an eclectic variety of shops and restaurants. This years event will be held May 26-28 and will feature The Temptations Review With Dennis Edwards in concert Saturday night.

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