We love finding new adventures around the Upstate! For outdoor enthusiasts, Oconee County is a treasure trove of places to explore! Waterfalls, hiking trails, lakes, and more are waiting for you in this county just west of Greenville. Kidding Around’s Melanie put together this list of things you don’t want to miss in Oconee County.
Exploring The Outdoors in Oconee
- Chau Ram County Park Chau Ram Park is called South Carolina’s “Best Kept Secret” by the Oconee County Recreation and Tourism Department. There is a 40 foot waterfall at Ramsey Creek plus the county’s longest suspension bridge here. You can also swim, hike and camp, all for only $2 per car!
- High Falls County Park While we don’t have a traditional beach to enjoy in the Upstate, we have a lakeside one just about an hour from Greenville. High Falls County Park is popular with locals and it will be your new favorite day trip and camping destination, too. Check out there is to do at this lakeside park with my review of High Falls Park.
- Mile Creek County Park Sometimes the most fun day trip or entertainment with your family is a simple little park with a small beach and access to crystal clear water on a super hot day. That’s what Mile Creek County Park is like, and Kristina shares all the info you need to know about Mile Creek Park.
- Oconee State Park Offers visitors tons to do! This state park has everything from mini-golf to wooden checker tables, great hiking, and boating on the lake. Local mom Andrea Beam visited with her family and is sharing her experience at Oconee State Park.
- South Cove County Park in Oconee County might be just the place you and your family have been looking for! You can swim at the sandy beach, boat, enjoy the playground, basketball and more. Spend a day or plan a camping trip on the shore of Lake Keowee at South Cove County Park. Kidding Around’s Maria shares her review of South Cove Park with readers.
- Stumphouse Tunnel Park A visit to this park will offer visitors views of a beautiful waterfall named for the Indian maiden, Issaqueena, who rode to the nearby fort to warn of a pending Indian attack and then escaped pursuing Indians by pretending to leap over the falls, but actually hiding beneath them. The remains of a tunnel started in 1850, meant to link Charleston with the Midwest, that was halted by the Civil War. The newest addition to the area is a bike park.
- Waterfalls are plentiful and some require very little hiking to get to enjoy!
Finding Delicious Things in Oconee
- Chattooga Belle Farm this farm includes a bistro and a distillery for guests to enjoy! Don’t forget to ask for a South Carolina Agritourism Passport while you are there, to earn free prizes!
- Dimas Bros Cafe popular with foodies in Greenville, the restaurant offers homestyle prepared food. The perfect place to stop and enjoy lunch after a morning of exploring.
- Vangelis Bistro If you are looking for something a little bit more formal to enjoy during your time in Oconee, this new bistro is the perfect place to go. It’s owned by the same creative minds behind Dimas Bros Cafe.