For a brochure on "Tour Pickens County" and other information, call or visit the following Chambers of Commerce
SC Heritage Corridor - Places to Go/Things to Do
Discover Upcountry Carolina Association
Pendleton District Commission
Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Anderson County lies on the shores of Lake Hartwell, one of the most popular lakes in the Southeast. The lake is 56,000 acres big, with more than 900 miles of shoreline, making us a paradise for fishing and boating. Our county is studded with landmarks from its past, including historic Pendleton, the Woodburn & Ashtabula historic homes and the Anderson County Museum. The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor travels through Anderson County as part of its 240 mile route through our state. We're also a great place to tee it up-our 11 golf courses are open all year.
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Wildwater Rafting Company
Places To Stay
The Amethyst Inn A bed & breakfast providing "a peaceful experience in the woods," this smoke-free inn offers 4 rooms, scrumpious breakfast and scenic Table Rock State Park in the backyard. Located on Hwy 11 just 25 miles to the NE of The Happy Berry. Call 864-878-6771, ask for Ellen.
Walhalla Liberty Lodge Bed and Breakfast and Willow Room Dinning A beautiful 1884 Victorian Manor built in the Blue Ridge Foothills. The Inn offers large comfortable rooms on 10 surrounding acres with walking trails, Olympic size pool and a wrap around veranda. Evening dining on Thursday through Saturday and Sunday 11 till 2. Chef Patsy Sims. Orchard,leisure trail and child tree house. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 864 638 8239 or 864 723 5626, 105 Liberty Lane Walhalla, SC 29691
Rocky Retreat [ www.bbonline.com/sc/rockyretreat ] built in 1849 is locally known as the Boone-Douthit haus is a bed and breakfast located not far from Sandy Springs or Pendleton about 20 miles south of The Happy Berry. It was used as a summer retreat to escape malaria problem in Charleston.
The Inn at Table Rock (formerly known as The Schellhaus) [ www.bbonline.com/sc/schellhaus ] in the foot Hills of the Blue Ridge overlooks the Oolenoy Valley once the home of the Cherokee Indians. It located about 20 miles north of The Happy Berry
Liberty Hall Inn [ www.bbonline.com/sc/liberty ] was an 1840 summer house for the Sloan family from the coast of South Carolina and later the home of the first Agricultural Commissioner of SC. It is 15 miles south of The Happy Berry.
Sunrise Farm [www.bbonline.com/sc/sunrisefarm ] was part of a 100 acre cotton plantation in the early 1900's with beautiful views of Lake Keowee and the Mountains. Although it is only a couple of miles as the crow flies to the Happy Berry by road its about 15 miles.
Hartwell Vacation Rentals [www.hartwellvacationrentals.com] offers 1-2 bedroom cabins as well as dock acess. Cabins are in South Carolina near Fairplay. 770-554-0757.
Harbor View of Lake Keowee, [No web site] 2 bedroom, 1 bath cabins overlooking Lake Keowee. Fully furnished including linens. Weekend, weekly and monthly rentals. 864 650 5214 or Lsmobley@adelphia.net
Keowee Key Rentals- Lake Keowee Accommodations within 10 minutes of The Happy Berry. Condos offer a comfortable setting along the shore of Lake Keowee. While visiting thier accomdations you can enjoy the many amenities available such as golfing, boating, country club dining, indoor and outdoor pools, along with walking trails. For more information contact reservations at 1-800-537-5253 or visit our website keoweekeyrentals.com
The Cabins [www.valuecom.com/lakecabins] offers Lake Hartwell lake front rentals near Fair Play SC. Features include Spa, dock and they are fully equipped including linens. Call Sandy Felton at 864 972 1508 for more information.
Boscobel Country Club. Yards 6366, Par 71, 6900 Hwy 76, Pendleton, SC 29670. 864-646-3991
Southern Oaks Golf Course. Yards 6710, Par 72, 105 Southern Oaks, Easley, SC 29642. 864-859-6698
Woodhaven Golf Course. Yards 3160- 9 hole, Par 29, 215 Woodhaven Dr, Pedleton, SC 29670. 864-646-9511
Falcon's Lair. yards 6866, Par 72/74, 1308 Falcons Dr, Walhalla, SC 29691. 864-638-0000
The Rock at Jocassee. 171 Sliding Rock Road, Pickens, SC 29671. 864-878-2030
The Walker Course. Yard 6911, Par 72, 110 madren Dr, Clemson, SC 29634. 864-656-0236
Pickens Country Club. Yards 6220, Par 72, 1018 Country club Road, Pickens, SC 29671. 864-878-6083
There are four Gristmills in Pickens County. Several are only open one day a month, so be sure to check them out before you making your plans.
Yoder's at Meece Mill. firstname.lastname@example.org
Golden Creek Mill. email@example.com
Issaqueena Corn Mill.
There are lots of hiking trails in the area. Check out www.co.pickens.sc.us/tourpickens/hiking.asp for an over view of some of the available trails. For example:
Cherokee interpretive trail [1/4 mile] but very interesting,
Town Creek Trail [2.5 miles],
Sassafras Mountain [rugged],
Treaty Oak Trail [0.4 miles],
SC Botanical Garden [3.4 mile loop at CU],
Ridge trail [3.3 miles],
Mill Creek Pass Trail [0.7 miles],
Indian Creek [0.9 mile],
Foothills Trail [80 miles, see also www.foothillstrail.org],
Raven Rock Trail [4.2 miles],
Natural Bridge Trail [1.5 mile loop],
Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve Trail [1.7 one way],
Table Rock Trail [3.4 miles, one way, strenuous],
Pinnacle Mountain[3.3 miles, one way],
Carrick Creek Loop Trail [1.8 miles],
Jocassee Gorges Passage of the Palmetto Trail [12.5 miles see www.palmettoconservation.org ].
If you need a shuttle or would like a guide… check out www.jocasseeoutdoor.com. In addition many of the state parks [see below] offer hiking trails. There must be about 60 trails in all in the area.
Other Outdoor Recreation
Jocassee Outdoor Center. 864 944 9016 for information and directions. Services include boat rentals, kayak rentals, paddle boats, scuba equipment, guided lake tours, fishing guide services, hiking trail shuttles and across the lake shuttles, hiking guides, boat storage and boat services ...so all you have to do is show up!
Driving Tours and Bike Routes
Check out www.co.pickens.sc.us/driving
There are numerous waterfalls. For Eastatoe and Laurel Fork Falls check out www.co.pickens.sc.us/tourpickens/waterfalls.asp. For a complete list and description of the 28 falls in the area visit www.sctrails.net
Hunting and Fishing
Much of the area is in SC wildlife management zones. For information check out www.co.pickens.sc.us/tourpickens/huntingfishing.asp.
To find fish attractor sites installed by Department of Natural Resources
[DNR]using your GPS go to
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/fishattract/fishattr.html. To find what baits,
depth to fish and where, check out the SC DNR freshwater fishing report at
(Personal note- The berry bunch has been residents in the area for 30+ years and every time we have checked, they have been right on target, In Fact,
if in doubt, we typically check what they say. It is done by DNR and is updated
weekly. Covers Keowee and Jocassee [as well as other area lakes] but
because the two lakes are a pump back, they sometimes slip and just call it
Eden Farms, www.edenfarm.net offers trail rides, lessons, wagon rides, boarding and therapeutic riding.
Table Rock Equestrian Center, 864 878 2896[no web site], offers guided trail rides in around Pinnacle Mountain and adjacent to Table Rock State Park.
White Water Equestrian Center www.whitewaterhorses.info 828 966 9646 They also offer fly fishing and gem hunting.
Chattooga Ridge Stables, Pat Mc Ewen, 230 Beulah Land Dr, Mountain Rest, SC 29644 call 864 638 9479. Trail rides for beginners to experienced.
Mile Creek Park, www.co.pickens.sc.us/parks, is probably the closest park to The Happy Berry, about ½ mile as the crow flies but about 7 miles by car. They 69 campsites, three picnic shelters, a recreation building and numerous picnic sites. Phone 864 868 2196.
High Falls, 864 882 8234 [no web site] is the next closest about 12 miles away from the Happy Berry on the west side of lake Keowee. They have 2 tennis courts, 1 rental building, 2 picnic shelters and 130 camp and RV sites with power and water, dump station, bath house, boat ramp, putt-putt golf, ice and concession store.
South Cove, 882 5250 [no web site] is about 25 miles from the Happy Berry at the south end of Lake Keowee very near Seneca. It has 4 tennis courts, Putt-Putt golf, 1 rental building and 1 picnic shelter and 80 camp/RV sites with all the amenities, boat ramp and dock.
Chau Ram, 864 647 9286 [no website] is about 40 miles from The Happy Berry at the confluence of the Chauga River and Ramsey Creek with 40 waterfall, and a suspension bridge. It has 28 campsites with amenties, no boat ramp, 4 picnic shelters and a white water slalom course. Many use it to access the nearby Chattooga River, Designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. Check out Nantahala Outdoor Center and Wildwater Rafting Company
There are 8 state parks within reach of The Happy Berry. The websites give all the details but reservations are made through a statewide system.
Caesars Head State Park/Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/1648.aspx about 30 miles from The Happy Berry. It has 24 primitive campsites, 13 trails and informative visitor center.
Devils Fork State Park http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/1355.aspx on the southwestern edge of lake Jocassee about 30 miles from The Happy Berry.
Jones Gap State Park/ Mountain Bridge Wilderness area, http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/962.aspx, has 24 trail-side campsites and 8 hiking trails and is about 45 miles away from The Happy Berry.
Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/972.aspx has a very interesting Cherokee Indian museum, only one rental cabin with private dock but is on Lake Keowee about 15 miles from The Happy Berry.
Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area, http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/927.aspx is about 50 miles from The Happy Berry about ½ mile off of I 85 near the SC GA border. Lake Hartwell’s higher nutrient content supports better fishing than the more pristine Lakes Keowee and Jocassee.
Oconee State Park, http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/750.aspx, is about 35 miles from the Happy Berry has cabins, campsites, 8 hiking trails, and 2 fishing lakes.
Oconee Station State Historic Site, http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/1887.aspx, has two historic structures and no cabins or campsites but does offer guided tours at selected hours.
Table Rock State Park, http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/350.aspx has 94 campsites and 15 cabins and lots of amenities, a popular proposal and wedding site, Lake Olenooy and is about 20 miles from The Happy Berry.
Museums and Historic Sites
World of Energy [ no web site] A fun 2-3 hours to learn about nuclear energy, includes interactive walking tour, educational computer games, a fission chamber, tour the operator training simulator and/or take a picnic lunch while enjoying a lake view of Lake Keowee. They also have a nature trail. Hours 9-5 Mon.-Sat. and 12 noon to 5 on Sunday unless there is elevated terrorist threat. admission free. 864 885 4600 or 800 777 1004, Rochester Hwy, Seneca SC
Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaqueena Falls, No web site, admission free, self guiding only but a very interesting couple of hours. The tunnel is part of 1850 dream of a rail line from Charleston to Cincinnati. It is Located on Hwy 28 between Walhalla and Route 107. Picnic facilities available. Walhalla Chamber of Commerce has information firstname.lastname@example.org or 864 638 2727, A large picnic shelter can be reserved at 864 638 4343 for a fee.
Campbell Geology Museum www.clemson.edu/geomuseum at Clemson University near the botanical garden. Gems, rocks, family programs, ad fossils are featured.
Pendleton district Agricultural museum 864 646 3782 [no web site] is available by appointment only. Call first. It is a 6000 square foot facility with pre 1925 farm equipment, tools with Indian and local history artifacts. Located on US Highway 76 across from Tri County Technical College.
Woodburn Plantation, 864 646 7249, [no web site] is open on Saturday or Sunday afternoons or by special arrangement. Call first. It is a House museum built about 1830 by Charles Cotesworth Pickney and it contains period furnishings and historic items. $5.00 admission fee.
Ashtabula house, 864 646 7249 [no web site] open on Sunday afternoon or by appointment, was built in the 1820’s and contains many fine period furnishings and historic items. Call first. Admission $5.00.
Oconee Heritage Center, www.oconeeheritagecenter.org [864 638 2224] open Tue, Thur & Fri 12 –5 and Sat 10 –3 PM as an archive, educational facility and museum of the county’s history. It is located in the historic Walhalla Tobacco warehouse and it offers a glimpse of Oconee’s Past.
Fort Hill, http://www.clemson.edu/welcome/history/forthill/ is the home of statesman John C Calhoun and later his son Thomas Green Clemson. It is in the heart of Clemson University Campus and it was the deeding of this plantation that started Clemson University. 864 656 2475
Hanover House, http://www.clemson.edu/welcome/history/hanover was the home of the French Huguenot Paul de St. Julien was built in 1716 in Berkley County SC and moved to Clemson In 1941. 864 656 2475
Campbell Museum of Natural History. [No web site] is located in the heart of the Clemson University Campus. The Vertebrate Curator representing carnivores of SC, 1600 to the present, is Stanley Miller [Snmll@Clemson.edu] and the Patrick Miller [pmcmill@Clemson.edu] is the Herbarium Curator. Both can be contacted by leaving voice mail at 864 656 3456. The building is open 8 to 4:30 and Tuesday or Thursday is best for guided tours. Get a parking permit from the Visitor Center 864 656 2475.
Nancy Basket www.nancybasket.com 1105 East Main Street, Walhalla SC 29601 makes Kudzu and pine needle baskets, and stationary handpressed from Kudzu leaves. 864 718 8864 hours 10-4 M-Sat
Heirlooms and Comforts, 864 639 9507, 104 Madden Bridge Rd, Central SC 29630, h&c2 heirloomandcomforts.net has quilts
Our belief is that local farms like ours are important to the community and ultimately provide an essential environmental service for the future of our planet. Not to mention it is a fun and healthy outing for families! Please check our list of other farms and local food providers in our area.
JOCASSEE GORGES RESOURCE LIST
For Happy Berry customers wishing to explore the area
Jocassee Valley by Claudia Whitmire Hembree, Published 2003. For more information see www.jocasseevalley.com
Whippoorwill Farewell: Jocassee Remebered, by Debbie Fletcher. Published 2003. For more information see www.jocasseeremembered.com
Keowee: The Story of the Keowee River Valley in Upstate South Carolina, by Michael Hembree and Dot Jackson. 1995
Guide to the Foot Hills Trail. 1998 also accompanying foothills trail map 2001 For more information see www.foothillstrail.org
Palmetto Trail (mountains to the sea trail) Section maps available at www.palmettoconservation.org/index.php
Waterfall hikes of Upstate South Carolina, by Thomas E. King call author at 864 847 7995 or email him at email@example.com
South Carolina Wildlife Magazine. www.scwildlife.com
Jocassee Journal Newsletter. To look at seven year’s worth of past issues of the jocassee Journal visit www.dnr.sc.gov/managed/wild/jocassee/newsletter.htm
3/17/2007 - Still under construction.