Folded within South Carolina’s Oconee and Pickens counties, the trio of lake communities at The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards offer an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And just outside these gates, there’s even more bucolic small-town charm to be discovered. All you need is a map and a mind for adventure.
Grab your rod and reel. This 622-acre reserve at the edge of Sumter National Forest and Lake Jocassee is known for its abundance of rainbow trout. For a change in scenery from the shimmering waters of Lake Keowee, take a dip in 300 feet of refreshingly crisp, clear water, kept cool year-round by rivers flowing in from the surrounding mountains.
Jocassee Valley Brewing Company
Belly up to the bar and sample a wide range of regional craft beers and delicious food truck fare.
Think you’ve got what it takes to conquer the Six Mile High Sundae? Drop by this family-owned ice cream shop to find out!
Grocery store, shmocery store. The best kind of blueberries, figs, blackberries, grapes, muscadines, and persimmons come straight from the vine.
Even if you’re no Daniel Boone, you can still look the part with quality apparel, footwear, fishing gear, backpacks, and hiking equipment from this independent outfitter.
From vintage memorabilia on the walls, to a menu loaded with classic favorites like calabash chicken tenders and sauced-up barbecue sandwiches, the authentic old-school sports bar has been the locals’ go-to spot since 1933.
South Carolina Botanical Gardens
Dedicate at least a few hours to exploring the garden’s diverse collection of spaces that includes gardens dedicated to butterflies, wildlife habitats, perennials, camellias, and other flora.
Stumphouse Tunnel Park and Issaqueena Falls
Treat yourself to this historic landmark’s 1,617 feet of tunnel, which cuts a scenic path towards the stunning cascades of Issaqueena Falls.
Learn a little more about the area’s rich heritage through the museum’s collection
of cultural and interactive exhibits on railroads, agriculture, and industry.
Wander downtown Seneca’s main thoroughfare in search of unique treasures — and a fantastic meal — from locally operated merchants and restaurants.
Seneca’s old church structure (built in 1882) also happens to be home to this volunteer run arts center. A gallery, classroom studio, and art library provide plenty of ways to enjoy art — whether or not you’re blessed with an artistic bone in your body.