Parks and

Protected Areas

In Lake Hartwell Country, our natural resources define who we are. Every state park, county park, city park, and protected area offers a unique experience that you'll want to relive again and again.

National and State Protected Areas

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Sumter National Forest

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112 Andrew Pickens Cir.

Mountain Rest, SC 29664

Managed by the United States Forest Service, the Andrew Pickens District of the Sumter National Forest offers many activities for the outdoor lover including hiking trails, campsites, rivers, waterfall trails, and fishing areas.

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

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Devils Fork State Park

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161 Holcombe Cir.

Salem, SC 29676

Devils Fork offers the only public access to the beautiful Lake Jocassee. Come here to get out on the water, rent a kayak or canoe, take a boat on to the lake, or relax on a short trail.

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Keowee-Toxaway State Park

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108 Residence Dr.

Sunset, SC 29685

Serving as the gateway to the Jocassee Gorges, Keowee-Toxaway is scenic state park you'll definitely want on your list. Take a boat or kayak out on Lake Keowee, hike the Raven Rock Loop, and stake a tent for some primitive camping.

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

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Lake Hartwell State Park

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19138 SC-11 

Fair Play, SC 29643

If you're an angler or boater, this is the park you want to visit. This park offers great access to the nationally-renowned Lake Hartwell. Cast a line to catch a bass and watch for beautiful lake sunsets.

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

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Oconee Station State Historic Site

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500 Oconee Station Rd

Walhalla, SC 29691

With nature trails, a historic home, and a kid-friendly trail that leads to a scenic waterfall, the Oconee Station Historic Site has a little something for everyone in your family.

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

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Oconee State Park

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624 State Park Rd

Mountain Rest, SC 29664

Oconee State Park is perfect for a family adventure, a weekend out camping, or a day spent hiking to mountain views. They also offer primitive camping spots as well as cabins.

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

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Sadlers Creek State Park

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940 Sadlers Creek Rd

Anderson, SC 29626

Enjoy the waters of Lake Hartwell at Sadlers Creek State Park. Enjoy fishing on a 100 ft pier, take a boat or kayak out on the lake, or bring your mountain bike to enjoy a great mountain biking trail.

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

Table Rock State Park

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158 E Ellison Ln

Pickens, SC 29671

Table Rock is an icon of the upstate. Hike to see sweeping mountain views, take a canoe on Lake Oolenoy, go camping or rent a cabin for the weekend, and enjoy the South Carolina mountains.

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Jocassee Gorges

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1344 Cleo Chapman Hwy

Sunset, SC 29685

The Jocassee Gorges is a natural treasure in South Carolina, being one of two rainforests in the continuous 48 of the United States. Enjoy tremendous biodiversity, incredible views, off-roading trails, and hiking trails. 

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

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Long Shoals Wayside Park

Scenic Hwy 11

Pickens, SC 29671

This roadside park, managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, is a great place to stop a minute and dip your toes into the mountain waters of the Little Eastatoe Creek.

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

Nine Times Preserve

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34.948594, -82.792091

The Nine Times Preserve is managed by The Nature Conservancy and offers beautiful, wooded hiking trails where visitors can see wildlife and the flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

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Clemson Experimental Forest

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With over 17,500 acres of land, there are so many ways to play in the Clemson Experimental Forest. Take your bike out to popular mountain biking trails, go horseback riding, or set up a hammock and relax.

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

County Parks

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Chau Ram County Park

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1220 Chau Ram Park Rd

Westminster, SC 29693

Open seasonally (March through mid-November) Chau Ram County Park has several campsites and public access to the Chauga River.

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

High Falls County Park

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671 High Falls Rd

Seneca, SC 29672

Located along the shores of Lake Keowee, High Falls County Park has campsites, courts for volleyball and basketball, and a boat ramp.

*Photo by Anna Chastain, 'The Wandering Appalachian'*

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South Cove County Park

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1031 S Cove Rd

Seneca, SC 29672

South Cove County Park offers great access to Lake Keowee with 3 boat ramps and several campsites.

Photo by Nikki Saylors

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Mile Creek County Park

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757 Keowee Baptist Church Road

Six Mile, SC 29682

Mile Creek County Park sits along the shores of the beautiful Lake Keowee with 10 lake front cabins, 3 paved boat ramps, kayak rentals, and several campsites with all the hook-ups needed for a great getaway. Photo courtesy of Mile Creek County Park.