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PARKS                                Surrounding the shoreline of Lake Jocassee are
                                                  the breathtaking Jocassee Gorges, steep rocky
                                                  walls of the Blue Ridge Mountains that carry             TRAILS

        There are many places to play at Lake Hartwell,   stream water from the various mountain rivers   The Town of Central and Southern
        including Abernathy Waterfront Park and   down to the lake. National Geographic has called    Wesleyan University keep up seven
        Twelve Mile Recreation Area. Just over a    the Jocassee Gorges one of "50 of the World's     miles of well-maintained trails
        half-mile long, Abernathy Waterfront Park    Last Great Places—Destinations of a Lifetime."   that are open free to the public.
        is a great place to explore on a summer day or    Some of the waterfalls are accessible only by   Ride events are held throughout
        watch a picture-perfect sunset. This waterfront   boat on Lake Jocassee. The mountain streams are   the year and the Central Parks
        park also has picnic areas and lake access.   excellent for trout fishing. Trails throughout the   and Recreation Department is
        Twelve Mile Recreation Area sits at the   Jocassee Gorges and along the lakeshore provide     partnering in 2022 with the trail
        confluence of the Seneca and Twelve Mile   moderate to strenuous hikes that are well worth    designer and mountain bike
        rivers, forming Lake Hartwell. This park has   the remarkable views.                          instructor to offer “introduction to trail riding’’ lessons.
        a boat launch, playground, picnic shelters, and                                               The Doodle Trail is a popular 7.5-mile, paved walking,
        restrooms. Swimming is allowed (at your own   Long Shoals Wayside Park is a 10-acre hidden    biking, and running trail that runs between Pickens
        risk) and fishing is permitted.           gem of a park that overlooks the Little Eastatoee   and Easley as the railroad did in the 1800s.
                                                  Creek. Part of the Poe Creek State Forest, it is a
        On Lake Keowee, Keowee-Toxaway State Park   favorite trout fishing spot and a destination for   Glassy Mountain can be explored by a 1-mile
        has some of the most stunning views of the Blue   locals and visitors looking to beat the heat by   unmarked footpath with breathtaking views of
                                                                                                      the Piedmont Escarpment including Table Rock
        Ridge Mountains. The park has 5.5 miles of   sliding down the flat, gently sloping shoals into    and Caesars Head mountains.
        walking and hiking trails through the foothills   the cool creek waters.
        and a natural bridge. A short, half-mile trail                                                Following the perimeter of one the Clemson
        leads to Lake Keowee, where visitors enjoy   Table Rock Mountain provides a towering          Experimental Forest lakes, the Issaqueena Lake
        fishing for bass, bream, crappie, and catfish.  backdrop for an upcountry retreat at the edge   Trail crosses creeks, includes breathtaking views
                                                  of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Table Rock State       and, when the weather is right, presents swimming
        Not far from the state park, on the eastern shores                                            and sunbathing opportunities.
        of Lake Keowee, a large peninsula known as   Park features two lakes, a campground, mountain   The trails of Keowee-Toxaway State Park cut through
        Mile Creek Park offers more than seven miles   cabins, meeting facilities, and a historic, renovated   land that was once traveled by the Cherokee people
        of lakefront water views and access, boat ramps,   lodge. The park has been one of South Carolina’s   and includes a natural bridge.
        a large dock, a sandy-beach swimming area, and   most popular since it was built by the Civilian
        hiking trails.                            Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Many of its        Table Rock State Park is home to
                                                  structures are now on the National Register of      several trails and serves as a trailhead
        Devils Fork State Park is the only public access   Historic Places.                           for the 80-mile Foothills Trail.
        point for Lake Jocassee. Lake Jocassee is fed by
        mountain springs and surrounded by 7,500 acres   Other nearby parks include Chau Ram County
        of mostly undeveloped land. Unusually cool and   Park, High Falls County Park, Lake Hartwell
        clear, the water of Lake Jocassee has some of the   State Park, South Cove County Park, W.C.
        best trout fishing in the state. It is also great for   Nettles Park, and others. For a complete list
        scuba divers and swimmers.                go to

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