As the crisp autumn air settles in, the picturesque counties of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens come alive with vibrant fall colors and many activities for visitors to enjoy. November is a perfect time to explore the natural beauty, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality of this enchanting region. Here are some top activities to consider during your visit:
Leaf Peeping in the Mountains:
November is the peak of fall foliage season in the Upstate. Take a drive along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway or hike one of the many trails in the area to witness the breathtaking spectacle of vibrant red, orange, and gold leaves against the backdrop of the rolling mountains.
Visit Historic Sites:
Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties have a rich history. Explore historic sites such as the Hagood Mill in Pickens County, which features a working gristmill, or the Anderson County Museum, which offers insights into the area's past.
Wine Tasting in the Vineyards:
The Upstate is home to some excellent wineries. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of wine tasting at places like Chattooga Belle Farm in Oconee County. With over 198 acres of scenic beauty just below the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can pick seasonal fruits like apples, peaches and figs while you sip on locally-distilled favorites.
Fall Festivals and Events:
November brings a variety of festivals and events. Don't miss the Denver Downs Fall Festival which ends November 12. This local favorite holds something for everyone. Enjoy hayrides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hot apple cider.
Fishing on Lake Hartwell:
Lake Hartwell remains a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts even in the late fall. November is an excellent time to catch a variety of fish species, including bass, catfish, and crappie.
Oconee County is home to numerous stunning waterfalls, many of which are easily accessible. Plan a day to hike and photograph the mesmerizing cascades at locations like Issaqueena Falls and Yellow Branch Falls.
The Upstate is known for its golf courses, and the mild November weather is perfect for a round of golf. Courses like The Walker Golf Course in Clemson and The Rock Golf Club & Resort in Pickens, offer a picturesque setting for a day on the green.
Relax and Unwind:
With the holiday season approaching, take some time to relax and rejuvenate. Consider booking a cozy cabin in the woods or a charming bed and breakfast to make the most of your visit. We have a list of wonderful accommodations for you to choose from on our website.
November in Lake Hartwell Country is a time of vibrant colors, cultural richness, and outdoor adventures. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, you'll find something to love in this charming corner of Upstate South Carolina.