Upstate South Carolina Activities

South Carolina is rich with amenities surrounding its many lakes, and most of these activity choices define the lifestyle here and, they also attract new buyers, fresh energy, as well as visitors to the community.

1st Choice Realty is happy to provide more information about the following amenities:

Golf Courses

Millions of visitors enjoy South Carolina’s great golf courses each year. The mild climate in upstate SC combined with beautiful mountain and lake scenery add enjoyment to any golf game. Public golf courses include:

The Trails at Chickasaw Point  Just off SC Highway 11. 864-972-9623
Oconee Country Club, Seneca, SC, off Hwy 123, 864-647-9503
Falcons Lair. Near Wallhalla on  SC. Hwy 11 – 864-638-9999
The Walker Course at Clemson University 864-656-0236
Boscobel – near Pendelton, SC 864-646-3991

Cultural and Entertainment Facilities

Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Greenville, SC
Enjoy Broadway plays, opera, pop stars, classical music, dance and more at the Peace Center located in downtown Greenville SC. Scheduled performances for the 2005-2006 season include the Soweto Gospel Choir, Wayne Newton, Stomp, Mama Mia!, Movin’ Out, Hairspray, Charlotte’s Web, and a salute to Mozart by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and Vince Gill.

The mission of the PeaceCenter is to present the world’s finest performers from a wide variety of disciplines, to sustain state-of-the-art theatrical venues and quality services to support local performing arts groups, and to foster life-long appreciation for the arts through comprehensive education and outreach programs for children, educators, and adults.

Across the street from the PeaceCenter is the recently re-opened FallsPark on the ReedyRiver. With walking trails, landscaped gardens, beautiful views of the ReedyRiverFalls, and the inspiring LibertyBridge, There are over 40 restaurants in the downtown area around the PeaceCenter, many are within walking distance. (Peace Center pictures used by permission)

Call 800-888-7768 for information and tickets.

BI-LO Center
This sports and entertainment complex features sports events including Greenvill Grrrowl’s Hockey, ice shows, and basketball. Entertainment events include rock, pop, rap, classical concerts, and comedians. The BI-LOCenter is located in downtown Greenville.

Oconee Community Theatre
The Oconee Community theatre was founded more than 25 years ago and enjoys a fine reputation for quality productions for adults and children. Open auditions are always held prior to the casting of all shows. 864–882-1910

State Parks

The natural beauty of LakeKeowee, LakeHartwell, and upper South Carolina is highlighted by the many state parks in the region. Park facilities include:

Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area
Located at the intersection of SC Highway 133 and SC Highway 11. This 1,000 acre park features mountain views, a museum that tells the story of the Cherokee Indians native to the area, picnic areas, a campground, lake fishing and trails.

Devils Fork State Park
Located five miles north of Salem, SC off SC 11 on Jocassee Lake Road. The park is located on the southwestern shore of LakeJocassee. Activities include Lakefront camping, hiking, picnicking, trout fishing, and waterfall viewing. 864-944-2639

Oconee Station State Historic Site
Located two miles off SC 11 on Oconee Station Road, 10 miles NE of the town of Walhalla. This 210 acre site contains the oldest buildings in OconeeCounty.

Oconee State Park
This 1,165-acre park is located 12 miles northwest of Wallhalla, SC off SC 28 and onto SC 107.  The park offers cabins, camping, fishing and boating, hiking on eight nature/hiking trails, picnic areas. The park is bordered by SumterNational Forest and is the trailhead for the 85-mile Foothills Trail. It’s near the Chattooga and Chauga rivers and other regional attractions. More than 100 species of wildlife live at the park, which also features a mix of mountain and foothill flora and scenic vistas. 864-638-5353

Oconee State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal Program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The program was designed to provide employment during the Great Depression while addressing national needs in conservation and recreation. The CCC was instrumental in the development of many of South Carolina’s state parks. A number of buildings built by the CCC in the 1930’s are still in use at this park.

Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area
Located just off Interstate 85 on Highway 11at Exit 1 near the South Carolina and Georgia border. The area is 680 acres. Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area also serves as a gateway to the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway and South Carolina’s mountain country. An impressive collection of fishing equipment is on display in the park’s information center. Modern-day fishermen, meanwhile, can attest to LakeHartwell’s reputation for top-flight angling for sought-after species such as striped bass, hybrid bass, largemouth, crappie, bream and catfish. Phone 864-972-3352

Waterfalls, Hiking Trails, Rafting, and Fishing

Upper South Carolina is home to over 100 large and small waterfalls. WhitewaterFalls, the highest waterfall in the eastern US, is located just north of Salem, SC on secondary road S-39-171. IssaqueenaFalls, north of Walhalla, is another popular waterfall destination. There are also hundreds of hiking trails.

The ChattoogaRiver was designated the South’s first National wild and ScenicRiver in 1974. It is one of the premier whitewater rafting rivers in the eastern United States.

Fishermen will enjoy the abundance of fishing opportunities in both LakeHartwell and LakeKeowee.

Sight Seeing and Historical Areas

Cherokee Indian Center  – Located at Keowee – Toxaway State Park 864-868-2605
Hartwell Dam: Hartwell, GA  – Call 706-376-4788 for information and tours.
World of Energy, Seneca, SC – Duke Power World of Energy Visitors Center 864-885-4600

Chambers of Commerce & Visitor Centers

Clemson Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center – 1105 Tiger Boulevard, Clemson, SC 29631 800-542-0746
Clemson University Visitors Center – Clemson University Campus, Clemson, SC 209631, 864-856-4789
Hartwell Lake’s Visitor Information Center – U.S. Highway 20 south of Hartwell Dam. 803-225-3832
Seneca Chamber of Commerce – Located in downtown Seneca. Phone 864-882-2097