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Oconee County is the westernmost county of South Carolina. Its county seat is Walhalla. South Carolina Highway 11, the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway, begins in Southern Oconee County at Interstate Highway 85 at the Georgia state line.
Oconee County is that rare combination of natural beauty and perfect location that makes it an ideal place to visit. The cities of Seneca, Walhalla and Westminster, South Carolina provide the spice and zest as well as the necessities of life. Oconee County has all the benefits - gorgeous lakes and mountains with fabulous views, all the amenities close at hand, activities of every description, the joy of four seasons, none of them lasting too long and enough people to give life zest - but not traffic jams.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the "Golden Corner", as the county is known, offers 10 private lakes as well as Hartwell, Jocassee and Keowee, three large, public power company-maintained lakes. One third of Oconee County is part of the Sumter National Forest. Thanks to the National Forest and the SC State Parks, 60 of the area's most beautiful waterfalls will always be accessible to the public, this also ensures plenty of well maintained hiking trails, horse trails, hunting and fishing. The state run fish hatchery, just off Highway 107, is open to the public and they make sure the lakes and rivers are stocked. They also host the annual kids fishing tournament. There are ample opportunities for golfers since there are over fifty golf courses within an hour.
The Chattooga River, located on the border between South Carolina and Georgia, is a favorite whitewater rafting destination as well as boating, fishing, skiing, kayaking, sailing and more. There are also numerous picturesque waterfalls, accessible by hiking varying distances with differing degrees of challenge, and more than 13 state and local parks are available in the area.