Oconee County

Oconee County

Oconee County, South Carolina offers breathtaking lakes, mountains, rivers and waterfalls. The pristine waters of lakes Jocassee, Keowee and Hartwell, nestled under the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, are some of the best in the Southeast. “Oconee” is a Cherokee word meaning “land beside the water.” In addition, Oconee County offers the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River and over 150 waterfalls. Located in the northwestern-most corner of South Carolina, it is known as the Mountain Lakes Region, offering temperate climate, beautiful lakes, the Sumter National Forest and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Oconee County is located north of I-85, 45 miles west of Greenville, SC and approximately 125 miles east of Atlanta, GA. It is within easy driving distance of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Asheville Regional Airport and Charlotte International Airport. Additionally, it boasts the Oconee County Regional Airport, only five minutes from both Clemson and Seneca South Carolina.

Oconee’s county seat is Walhalla. Other cities in the county include Westminster and Seneca and towns of Salem and West Union. Significant communities include Long Creek, Mountain Rest and Fair Play. Hwy 11, also known as the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway, runs through the county from the Georgia/South Carolina state line at I-85 exit 1 to North Carolina.

Walhalla, SC is a town with rich heritage and the county seat of Oconee County in the upstate of South Carolina.  In 1850, a group of immigrants from northern Germany arrived in Charleston and were unable to find land that suited their pocketbook or their idea of home.  They formed the German Colonization Society led by General John A. Wagener and found what they were looking for here, in the garden of the Gods.

Today, Walhalla is a charming southern town with historical homes, churches, and the beautifully restored Walhalla Civic Auditorium where regional and local theater events are held. With antique shops, cafes, shops, and tree-lined streets, Walhalla is a delightful town to explore on foot.

Each October, Walhalla T honors our German heritage with the annual Oktoberfest.  With events for children, families, and adults, Oktoberfest is a special time of fun for the whole community and the visitors who come from near and far.

Westminster, SC is ideally located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountain with quick and easy access to Chattooga Belle Farm, waterfalls, Chau Ram County Park located on the banks of the Chauga River, world class white water rafting and kayaking on the Chattooga River, zip lining and superb fly fishing for Rainbow, Brown or native Brook Trout.

Seneca, SC is home to residential and commercial properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dubbed "The City of Opportunity" at its founding, Seneca still claims its title. Seneca reflect the hospitality and beauty of this corner of our great state. Since its founding in 1873, Seneca has always adapted to the ever-changing pace of life and has always strived to provide all of its businesses, residents, and visitors with an open, friendly atmosphere and a community with outstretched arms.                 


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