Activity of all forms abound in this area. Go whitewater rafting
on the Chattooga
River and schedule a ropes
course for the next day with Wildwater.
Go to the Oconee
State Park for square dancing, the Highlands
NC playhouse for a comedy or drama, or the Brooks
Center at Clemson University to listen to internationally
known musicians. Go to the Grapes
and Beans in Clayton GA on a Thursday night to listen
to local musicians, have dinner and shop for pottery by local
artists, the choice is yours. Additionally, you may also choose
from a multitude of local
events being held throughout the year. The information
below will connect you with all of the surrounding communities
and let you know what they have to offer. The information below
will connect you with all of the surrounding communities and let
you know what they have to offer.
the Chattooga River is an exhilarating and new experience each
time this challenge is untaken. Since the Chattooga is a free-flowing
river, the water
level is determined by the amount of rainfall. When
there is heavy rainfalll the Chattooga water level rises, with
hydraulics (holes) increasing in strength and the current flow
increasing in speed, making the ride, wet and intense. This type
of water is most common in the spring. When the water level drops,
the river becomes more technical and the drops increase in height.
Still resulting in an intense, but different river experience.
Come enjoy all of the seasons of the Chattooga with experienced,
professional guides who have developed time-tested safety procedures.
CANOEING & KAYAKING
these links if you are a boater needing directions
or shuttle assistance.
Look here for information regarding a specific section of the
river. West Fork,
The Chattooga River area is considered to have
more waterfalls than any other area in the US and you have a multitude
of options for hiking. At the Wildwater Ltd. Rafting Center in
Long Creek, SC, there are waterfall directory/brochures of the
South Carolina Upcountry, developed by the Discover
Upcountry Carolina Association. Please stop in to get
your copy. Go to our waterfalls
page for information and directions to most area waterfalls. And
always remember: Waterfalls can be very dangerous areas. Never
attempt to climb a waterfall, avoid ledges, and remember the rocks
can be very slippery.
The woods and wilds of the Chattooga
River Area are filled with opportunity to go for a hike. Options
range from the well-maintained SC Bull Sluice Trail, to non-maintained,
bush-whacking. Given the phenomenal number of well-known, maintained
trails in the area, it is always advisable to restrict your activity
to those trails and preserve the other locations allowing them
to maintain their wild, untouched nature.
Please review our Top-Five
in the right hand link column, with options for any level of hiker.
If you don't find what you want or need, please see the hiking
links for other available options.
wishing to mountain bike there are ample locations throughout
Oconee, Macon and Rabun Counties, as well as the surrounding area.
are numerous options for the horse-oriented person in our area.
We have full service stables and Forest Service amenities for
the individual who has there own horse, trailer and gear. Please
click on the link to the right that meets your needs most appropriately.
wish to fish, hold on because you will have more options than
you can possibly choose from. What type of water do you want?
River, creek, lake: take your pick. For some of the best local
trout & catfish with no license or limits contact Black
Mtn. Trout Farm at 864-647-9700.
The links to the right will give you more information on what
you will need for your next fishing expedition.
is a common activity in this area and there are a multitude of
options. Most locations have a multitude of options within their
specific campground. Whether you are looking for a location to
park your 30' motor home, or a pristine primitive site to get
back to nature, this area can meet your needs and desires. The
National Forests have many areas designated for camping. Please
always follow National Forest Rules and Regulations and practice
style of camping.
If backpacking is what you long for, again there are many options
to meet your needs. Please see our Top Picks to the right. If
this does not meet your needs please see the additional listing
and good hunting for that perfect route, for your perfect vacation
Highlands Biological Station: On 20 acres, it
maintains a rhododendron trail as well as one of the finest wildflower
"gardens" in the Appalachians. The garden is a series
of loop trails through the forest, with plants labeled along the
Directions: Either park at the Highlands Nature Center (above)
and walk around back of it, or drive around (Sixth Street off
Horse Cove Road, turn right at sign) to where the trails actually
start at the parking area of the biological station.
Highlands Nature Center: The center offers daily
programs for children and adults, including lectures, nature classes,
tours of the botanical gardens, and outings. The center offers
exhibits on local archeology, geology, and biology, including
live salamanders, snakes, and fish. Fresh wildflower arrangements
are available to help visitors identify local plants.
Next door is the Appalachian Environmental
Art Center, where one may enroll in classes in nature and
landscape photography. Open June-Labor Day, Mon-Sat, phone (704)
Directions: On Horse Cove Road, an extension of East Main Street,