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New Visitors Guide!

Our Fall/Winter 2017 Visitors Guide is now available.

We've compiled a comprehensive booklet to help make visiting the area as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our guide is a terrific resource for what to do, where to stay, eat and relax so visitors always have a memorable trip to Oconee County, SC!

Click here to view the digital version online.



Podcast Debut

Ken Sloan, President & CEO of the Mountain Lakes Convention & Visitors Bureau, has a new weekly radio program, "Discover Oconee", where he brings in guests to highlight the wonderful attractions that Oconee County has to offer visitors and residents alike.

The program airs each Saturday at 9:00am on WSNW, The Lake, 94.1 and podcasts are available to download from our website.

Recent "Discover Oconee" Podcasts


EPISODE 1: What It's All About


EPISODE 2: Phil Shirley Talks Parks & Recreation


EPISODE 3: Something for Everyone at Chattooga Belle Farm



It's a big deal!

Oconee County is directly in the path of totality, and we expect a large influx of people coming to the area to view the solar eclipse later this month.

Lodging options throughout the county are almost entirely booked for that weekend, but we've heard Mountain Rest Campground still has room to camp. And if you hurry, you might be able to find lodging via our website for Saturday or Monday nights.

Here's an opportunity to stay and view at a summer camp in Mountain Rest: "Camp Chatuga is in a prime location to experience the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE coming up on Monday, August 21st! We are offering rustic accommodations for families, individuals and groups from Sunday, August 20th, through Tuesday, August 22nd. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Lodging space is limited so call us right away at (864) 638-3728 for more information and pricing."



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CHATTOOGA BELLE FARM is located at 454 Damascus Church Rd. in Long Creek

Chattooga Belle Farm

An Event Barn with a Farm Store & U-pick Orchard, Belle's Bistro Restaurant & Distillery.
Farm Store & U-Pick open 7 days a week thru October

Dozens of fruit varieties in season throughout the summer and fall. Also offering: select cuts of farm raised grass-fed angus beef, a large selection of canned products, gift items, seven types of wine made with fruit from the farm, and more.


On Hwy. 123 across from Blue Ridge Electric between Westminster & Seneca

Foothills Heritage Market

Come early to get the best selection!
Saturdays 8:30am - 12:30pm

Market offerings include:
Fresh local produce – tomatoes (green and red)
corn, beans, squash, potatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and local sweet onions, wreaths, crocheted scrubbers (Come early for Clemson colors), local honey, doggie bandanas and catnip kitty toys, music and BBQ.

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Located downtown on Main Street in Seneca

Seneca Farmer's Market

Summer vegetables
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 7am - noon


301 E. Main Street near Arbys

Walhalla Farmer's Market

Summer vegetables and local honey
Through September
Monday 7am - 10am
Thursday 4pm - 7pm


At the Gazebo next to the Westminster Depot

Westminster Tuesday Evening Market

Fresh produce and products from some of the same vendors who sell at the Foothills Heritage Market on Saturday mornings.
Tuesday 4pm - 7pm




Nancy Basket's KUDZU KABIN located at 1105 E. Main Street in Walhalla

Kudzu Kabin Designs

Hand-made Kudzu creations and stories about Cherokee culture. Visitors can experience paper making in the 100-year old Kudzu bale barn. Every month artist Nancy Basket offers classes teaching how to make baskets and paper out of natural fibers.

OPEN Monday - Saturday 10am to 4pm


AUGUST 3 - Lunch & Learn: The Solar Eclipse @ 12:30


AUGUST 11 - Movie Night: Hidden Figures @ 7pm


AUGUST 12 - Fly Tying Demo @ 11am


AUGUST 26 - Meet the Authors: Tony Deaton & John Snyder @ 1pm



GREAT LAKE: Explore Lake Jocassee

A recent article by Ky Delany of Blue Ridge Outdoors describes ways to make the most of your visit to Lake Jocassee.

"It’s no wonder Jocassee Valley held a central place in Cherokee myths. Places like Jocassee inspire stories. Water tumbles off the sides of the mountains from rivers and countless unnamed creeks, all converging into a crystal clear lake. The lake’s surface reflects mile after mile of pristine shoreline steeped with jagged rock formations, fading into uninterrupted mountain vistas for as far as the eye can see. The area is also a hotspot for diversity. Some of the rarest plants and animals in the world make this lush gorge home." Read more


Summer is winding down, but there's still time to enjoy being on Lake Jocassee.

Jocassee Lake Tours

BOAT TOURS every Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday.

Private Tours always available.




Thursday night street parties in downtown Seneca on Ram Cat Alley


SILVER DOLLAR MUSIC HALL located on Hwy. 76 in Long Creek

Silver Dollar Music Hall

Bluegrass every Friday

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THE O'KAYSIONS (Beach & Pop Music) August 5th


NITROGRASS BLUEGRASS (Featuring Charles Wood) August 12th

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel

DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL (Play/Comedy) August 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27



56th Annual SC Apple Festival in Westminster


Events scheduled throughout the week September 5 - 9


Looking for a quick reference for things to do in Oconee County? SC Mountain Lakes website is your source for: Lodging, Dining, History, Happenings and more!

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