150 Things You MUST Do In 2018

If you haven’t seen it yet, here are the 150 Things You MUST Do in 2018 from Oconee County Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the Sesquicentennial Committee. Take A Hike! Grab a waterfall hikes brochure, local visitor’s guide or download our SC Waterfalls mobile app for details and directions to any of our 26 beautiful Oconee County waterfalls. Plan ahead and be prepared for your hike!
1. Bee Cove Falls
2. Big Bend Falls
3. Blue Hole Falls
4. Brasstown Falls
5. Bull Sluice Falls
6. Cham Ram Park (Ramsey Creek Falls)
7. Chauga Narrows
8. Cheohee/Miuka Falls
9. Fall Creek Falls
10. Hidden Falls
11. Issaqueena Falls
12. King Creek Falls
13. Laurel Fork Falls
14. Lee Falls
15. Long Creek Falls
16. Mills Creek Falls
17. Opossum Creek Falls
18. Pigpen Falls
19. Reedy Branch Falls
20. Riley Moore Falls
21. Secret Falls
22. Spoonauger Falls
23. Station Cove Falls
24. Whitewater Falls (Lower)
25. Wrights Creek Falls
26. Yellow Branch Falls
Discover the Great Outdoors!
Enjoy all there is to offer in the “Land Beside the Waters” with family and friends!
27. Enjoy a boat tour of Lake Jocassee
28. Raft the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River
29. Enjoy the view at Chattooga Belle Farm
30. Hike the Foothills Trail
31. Visit Stumphouse Tunnel
32. Explore the bounty of Sumter National Forest
33. Take a drive and see the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail
34. Pick-up fresh Oconee grown fruits and vegetables at one of our 4 local farmers markets
35. Grab a bike and see Oconee County on 2 wheels
36. Cast a line and catch a bass on Lake Hartwell, Keowee and Jocassee
37. Pull on some waders and fly fish on the Chauga and Chattooga Rivers
38. Rent a pontoon and enjoy the day on Lakes Hartwell, Keowee and Jocassee
39. Play a round of disc golf
40. Hit the pavement for the Seneca Half Marathon
41. Hike the Chattooga Trail
42. Head to one of Oconee’s 4 State Parks for a picnic or swim
43. Pitch a tent or park your RV at one of Oconee’s 3 County Parks
44. Rent a kayak or learn to paddle board at South Cove County Park
45. Paddle around Lake Tugalo
46. Hit the links at any of our many golf courses
47. Saddle up and go horseback riding
48. Try local honey from one of our 100+ beekeepers…Sourwood honey is local specialty.
49. Build a campfire, tell ghost stories, and eat s’mores
50. Rent a vacation cabin for the weekend
51. Take a family picture on the suspension bridge at Chau Ram County Park
52. Find some hidden treasure on a geocache or letterbox outing
53. Pitch in for the Think Oconee/Keep Oconee Beautiful litter campaign
54. Enjoy spring break programs at South Cove County Park
55. Catch a trout on Lake Jocassee
56. Find an Oconee Kindness Rock and share on Facebook (Oconee Rocks)
57. Check out the fall foliage
58. Run a 5k
59. Feed the fish at the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery
60. Hike the East Fork trail from Fish Hatchery parking lot
61. Get your adrenaline pumping with a zipline canopy tour at Wildwater LLC
62. Enjoy fresh Oconee apples at one of our many U-pick orchards OR roadside markets
63. Take the kids for a family outing to “Go Fish” stocked catfish pond
64. Try your hand at Pickle Ball
65. Visit the South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair and see how an old fashioned fair should be
66. Try guided striper fishing on Lake Hartwell
67. Take a jump off the high dive at Oconee State Park
68. See the rare elusive Oconee Bell via the Oconee Bell trail at Devils Fork State Park
69. Attend a Farm-to-Table dinner
70. Watch a movie at the World of Energy Movie Night
71. Sport your Halloween costume at Boo by the Lake at South Cove Park
72. Cool off with a family tubing trip down the river (plan ahead and know your route/time needed)
73. Take in the panorama at the Oscar Wigington Scenic Overlook
74. Take a stroll down any of our cities’ charming main streets for shops and snacks.
Museums and Historic Sites
Visit a museum or historic site and learn about our local area and what has made Oconee County so special for 150 years!
75. Oconee History Museum (Oconee Heritage Center)
76. Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum
77. General Store Museum
78. Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina
79. Patriot’s Hall: Oconee Veterans Museum
80. Lunney House Museum
81. Oconee Station State Historic Site
82. World of Energy
83. Historic Old Pickens Church
84. Oconee State Park
85. Westminster Depot
86. Blue Ridge Field
87. St. John’s Lutheran Church
88. Old Saint John’s Meeting House
89. Bethel Presbyterian Church
90. Alexander Cannon Hill House
91. Retreat Rosenwald School
92. Russell Farmstead Site in Sumter
National Forest
93. Historic Ballenger House
94. Foothills Farmstead
95. Tour a historic cemetery
96. Visit all of our historical markers
Arts and Cultural
Oconee’s history, heritage, and natural beauty has inspired many wonderful artists and musicians
97. Take a class or view an exhibition at the Blue Ridge Arts Center
98. Support the Full Moon Artists
99. Visit End of the Road Studios
100. Paint a picture at Walhalla ArtWorks
101. Visit Arts off the Alley for some unique souvenirs or gifts
102. Check out the unique kudzu crafts at Kudzu Kabin Designs
103. Grab a book or enjoy a program at one of our 4 public libraries
104. Catch a musical act or play at Walhalla Civic Auditorium
105. Relax at Seneca’s Jazz on the Alley
106. Support local musicians at the Westminster Music Centre
107. Immerse yourself in a comedy or drama at Oconee Community Theatre
108. Bring your lawn chair for Westminster’s Music on Main
109. Enjoy the pickin’ and grinnin’ at Long Creek’s Silver Dollar Music Hall
110. Spot the cats on historic Ram Cat Alley
111. Kick up your heels at the Oconee State Park Square Dance
112. Complete a Passport to Arts, Treasures and History from Oconee Arts & Historical Commission
113. Learn a new instrument at Oconee Heritage Center
114. Get in the Christmas spirit at one of Oconee’s Christmas parades
115. Take a walking tour of historic downtown Walhalla, Westminster, or Seneca
116. Share the beauty of Oconee and enter the “Keep Oconee Beautiful Association” Photo Contest
Festivals and Events
Oconee’s calendar is dotted with festivals and fun all year long!
117. SenecaFest
118. South Carolina Apple Festival – Westminster
119. Oktoberfest – Walhalla
120. July 4th Hillbilly Day – Mountain Rest
121. Labor Day Brew N Que – Seneca
122. SC Foothills Heritage Fair – The F.A.R.M. Center in Seneca
123. Oconee Belle Fest at Devils Fork State Park
124. Mayfest Art of Living – Walhalla
125. Long Creek Music Festival
126. Fun in the Sun Festival-West Union
127. Cruzin on Main Classic Car Cruise Ins with the Big Show
128. Tamassee Brew Festival
129. Long Creek Fall Picnic/Music
130. Appalachian Homecomin – Salem
131. Issaqueena’s Last Ride Cycling Challenge
132. Home, Health and Life Expo – Seneca
133. INT Wakeboard/WakeSurf event – South Cove Park
134. Rally in the Valley cycling event – Walhalla
135. Mountains to Main Triathlon – South Cove Park
136. Old Keowee Contra Dance-South Cove County Park
137. Seneca JeepFest
Foodie Treats
You gotta eat! Oconee has something for everyone…
138. Ice cream scoops at Ye Old Sandwich Shoppe, CC Fudge and More, or Sweet Retreat
139. Try the South Carolina State Snack, boiled peanuts, at Pelfrey’s (corner of Whetstone Road and Highway 28 north of Walhalla).
140. Get saucy and have some BBQ at Black’s BBQ, Brasstown BBQ, Heavenly Hog, Little Pigs BBQ, or the Spotted Pig
141. Order the fried chicken at Walhalla Steakhouse Cafeteria
142. Relax with a view of Rabun Bald from Belle’s Bistro at Chattooga Belle Farm
143. Savor a sandwich or salad at Presst or Blue Marble
144. Have a fancy date at Vangeli’s Bistro, Paesano’s, Cappone’s or the The Lighthouse
145. Meet some friends after work at Sole Sushi Bar & Grill or The Tiki Hut
146. Grab a burger at Time Drive-In, Bantam Chef, or Lucky Strike
147. Try something spicy at Taco Riendo, Puerto Nuevo, Three Amigos, or Los Amigos
148. Pick a meat and three at Kountry Kupboard or Mountain View
149. Enjoy a slice at Carolina Pizza, Humble Pie, or Joe’s New York Pizza Kitchen
150. Find your drinks at Sole, Brews on the Ally, Spot on the Alley or the Beer Station