Parks and Recreation
White Water Falls

White Water Falls, Summer

The Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the Appalacian Mountains. The Blue Ridge Mountains are full of waterfalls, river, wildlife and parks. Following is a list of some of my favorite spots.

The Chattooga River From high in the Carolina mountains and dropping an average of 49 feet per mile through the Sumter National Forest for forty miles, this tumultuous mountain river separates South Carolina from Georgia.  The Chattooga River received fame from James Dickey’s novel, “Deliverance.” Rafting, kayaking, and canoeing the Chattooga are major adventures in the UpCountry. For guided raft tours contact Wildwater Ltd., in Long Creek, SC (800) 451-9972 or Nantahala Outdoor Center in Mountain Rest at (800) 232-7238.

Bull Sluice  This rapid on the Chattooga Wild and Scenic river is a great spot to watch the action as the kayakers try to “Shoot the Bull” and avoid “Decapitation


 Rock”.  From Westminister, take HWY 76 west to the Bull Sluice Parking area on your right. A ½ mile easy trail leads to the river.

Woodall Shoals The most dangerous rapids on the Chattooga River, this area is also one of

 the most scenic.  The river pours over and sometimes back under a massive rock foundation.  The action of the water has created many “Pot Holes” and also created several sandy beaches great for relaxing.  From Westminister take US 76 west 15 miles, turn left at the top of the hill onto County Road 538, then right on Woodall Shoals Rd (FS757 gravel).  Park in the lot and follow the trail by the sign down to the river. A moderate ¾ mile walk.

Isaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Mountain   The 100 foot water fall requires climbing down a short steep trail to get a good view.  This trail can be slippery and a fall could be fatal. From Walhalla, take Hwy 28 north 6 miles to Stumphouse Tunnel Park on your right. The top of the falls is at the picnic area.

White Water Falls This waterfall is located off SC 130, 10 miles North of Salem. Watch for the signs. Whitewater Falls is actually a set of two falls, each section plunging more than 400 feet downward over rocky terrain. Between the two falls is the state border of the Carolina’s.  

White Water Falls

White Water Falls, in Fall

Station Cove Falls   A small stream flowing over a 60 foot falls, wildfloweres, beaver ponds and Oconee Station Historic Site make this a good area to spend the day. North on Hwy 11 to Pickett Post community and follow the signs for Oconee Station Park.  The 30 minute easy trails to the falls is ¼ mile past the park on your left.

Rileymoore Falls   On the Chauga River, this fall is 100 feet wide and 12 feet high.  From Westminister take US76 west 16 miles. Turn right onto Chatooga Ridge Road, drive 2 ¼ miles to Fall Creek Road and turn left. Follow this until the road forks and take the left fork to the culvert over fall creek.  Follow

 the creek downstream a short distance to the first falls. (No Trails).

Chau-Ram Falls This county park is a hidden treasure. Picnic grounds, trails, and swimming in the river make for an afternoon of fun.  Great views of Ramsey Creek Falls and the Chauga River.  From Westminister, take US 76 west 2 miles. Look for signs to Chau-Ram Park.

Oconee State Park This park is located on SC 107, near Mountain Rest.  This is one of the early parks, built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Some of their work remains, in the stonework, rental cabins, bathhouse and lakes.  The old overshot waterwheel that supplied early power also survives. Camping, swimming, fishing, boat and canoe rentals, hiking, rental cabins and park store are available. Call 864-638-5353

Walhalla State Fish Hatchery   Located on SC 107 N. of Oconee State Park, this hatchery supplies rainbow, brown and brook trout to the cold mountain streams. A picnic area adjoins the area.  Call 864-638-2866

High Falls (County Park)  Located on Lake Keowee, full facilities, boat launch, swimming area, shelters and 143 campsites. (864) 882-8234

South Cove (County Park) Located on Lake Keowee with all facilities and 88 campsites. (864) 882-5250

Mountain View from White Water Falls

Mtn. view from White Water Falls

Lake Jocassee from Whitewater Falls

Devils Fork State Park The park is located on Lake Jocassee, definitely South Carolina’s most spectacular lake.  Jocassee is a true mountain lake full of waterfalls and rock faces, as well as the coldest, deepest and most pristine lake in South Carolina.

This park offers 20 upscale mountain villas, lakeside tent and RV camping areas, a boat ramp, swimming area,  picnic shelters and a park Store. Call 864-944-2639

Lake Hartwell State Park   It is located Off I-85 and Scenic Hwy.11 in Fairplay and offers camping, boat ramps, picnic facilities, and a store center. It contains camping facilities in this 680 acre park on Lake Hartwell.  Call 864-972-3352

Lake Jocassee  from White Water Falls

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