5 Reasons To Visit Oconee County, SC5 Reasons To Visit Oconee County, SC

South Carolina is not only famous for barbecue and Frogmore stew, but also for its strange attractions, including a UFO Welcome Center, the world’s smallest police station, and the world’s largest boiled peanut. If you’re looking for something unique, a visit to Oconee County, SC is a must. Here are five reasons you must explore Oconee County:

White Water Rafting inChattooga River:

The Chattooga River became famous after the 1972 movie Deliverance and is now the most popular white-water rafting attraction in South Carolina. The beautiful gorge is split into two river sections to allow rafting adventure for people of all experience levels. If you’re a beginner or planning adventure activities as a family, Section 3 is perfect. If you are an experienced rafter, Section 4 offers the perfect challenge. If you’re in Oconee County, SC, an adventure on the Chattooga River is a must!

Trying Local Food:

Did you know boiled peanuts are the official snack food of South Carolina? You can buy them just about anywhere in the state, including convenience stores and gas stations. If you’re looking for variety, Oconee County, SC has plenty. As this article about Oconee County from Maritime Explorer explains, Ram Cat Alley in Seneca is home to many specialty restaurants where the menu changes every day, depending on the fresh and local produce from around the place. From barbecue to shrimp and grits, she-crab soup and collard greens slow cooked with ham hocks, there’s nothing more comforting than Southern soul food.

Visiting South Cove Park:

South Cove Park is perfect for lakeside camping and offers a wide range of activities, including fishing, boating, sailing, and water skiing. This is a 48-acre park on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and encompasses the 18,500 acres Lake Keowee. If you love birth watching, South Cove Park is a must-see destination, thanks to the 200 species that call this place home.

Stumphouse Tunnel:

The Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel isn’t exactly a tunnel; in fact, it was a failed attempt at digging a tunnel that has made this place famous. The State of South Carolina spent more than a million dollars during the pre-civil war days to find an easier and accessible route to the Ohio River Valley from Charleston. It was also used by the Clemson A&M College Dairy Department to manufacture Clemson blue cheese.

Spending a Weekend in Lake Jocassee:

This 9,000-acre lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Oconee County. Lake Jocassee is a reservoir operated by Duke Power and is popular among tourists who prefer to book a villa for a quiet weekend stay. If you’re in the mood for a stroll, you can walk around the beautiful Oconee Bell trail – a mile long trail that follows the rare Oconee Bell wildflower. Or, go for a boat ride on the lake to catch the Rainbow Trout.
by Dale Dunlop
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The Author loves the Deep South, especially South Carolina. He loves exploring the many natural wonders around Oconee County, SC.  Visit http://themaritimeexplorer.ca/2018/06/13/oconee-county-sc/
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