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Parks                             various mountain rivers down to the lake.
                                                                                                                    National Geographic has called the Jocassee
                                                                                  There are many places to play at Lake   Gorges one of "50 of the World's Last Great
                                                                                Hartwell, including Abernathy Waterfront   Places—Destinations of a Lifetime." Some
                                                                                Park and Twelve Mile Recreation Area.   of the waterfalls are accessible only by boat
                                                                                Just over a half-mile long, Abernathy   on Lake Jocassee. The mountain streams are
                                                                                Waterfront Park is a great place to explore   excellent for trout fishing. Trails throughout
                                                                                on a summer day or watch a picture-perfect   the Jocassee Gorges and along the lakeshore
                                                                                sunset. This waterfront park also has   provide moderate to strenuous hikes that are
                                                                                picnic areas and lake access. Twelve Mile   well worth the remarkable views.
                                                                                Recreation Area sits at the confluence of     Long Shoals Wayside Park is a 10-acre
                                                                                the Seneca and Twelve Mile rivers, forming   hidden gem of a park that overlooks the Little
                                                                                Lake Hartwell. This park has a boat launch,   Eastatoee Creek. Part of the Poe Creek State
                                                                                playground, picnic shelters, and restrooms.   Forest, it is a favorite trout fishing spot and a
                                                                                Swimming is allowed (at your own risk)    destination for locals and visitors looking to
                                                                                and fishing is permitted.           beat the heat by sliding down the flat, gently
                                                                                  On Lake Keowee, Keowee-Toxaway    sloping shoals into the cool creek waters.
                                                                                State Park has some of the most stunning     Table Rock Mountain provides a towering
                                                                                views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park   backdrop for an upcountry retreat at the
                                                                                has 5.5 miles of walking and hiking trails   edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Table
                                                                                through the foothills and a natural bridge. A   Rock State Park features two lakes, a
                                                                                short, half-mile trail leads to Lake Keowee,   campground, mountain cabins, meeting
                                                                                where visitors enjoy fishing for bass, bream,   facilities, and a historic, renovated lodge.
                                                                                crappie, and catfish.               The park has been one of South Carolina’s
                                                                                  Not far from the state park, on the eastern   most popular since it was built by the Civilian
                                                                                shores of Lake Keowee, a large peninsula   Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Many of its
                                                                                known as Mile Creek Park offers more than   structures are now on the National Register
                                                                                seven miles of lakefront water views and   of Historic Places.
                                                                                access, boat ramps, a large dock, a sandy-    Other nearby parks include Chau Ram
                                                                                beach swimming area, and hiking trails.   County Park, High Falls County Park, Lake
                                                                                  Devils Fork State Park is the only   Hartwell State Park, South Cove County
                                                                                public access point for Lake Jocassee.   Park, W.C. Nettles Park, and others. For a
                                                                                Lake Jocassee is fed by mountain springs   complete list go to
                                                                                and surrounded by 7,500 acres of mostly   Trails
                                                                                undeveloped land. Unusually cool and clear,
                                                                                the water of Lake Jocassee has some of the     The Town of Central and Southern
                                                                                best trout fishing in the state. It is also great   Wesleyan University keep up seven miles
                                                                                for scuba divers and swimmers.      of well-maintained trails that are open
                                                                                  Surrounding the shoreline of Lake   free to the public. Ride events are held
                                                                                Jocassee are the breathtaking Jocassee   throughout the year and the Central Parks
                                                                                Gorges, steep rocky walls of the Blue Ridge   and Recreation Department partners
         Long Shoals Wayside Park
                                                                                Mountains that carry stream water from the   with the trail designer and mountain bike

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