BETH WILSON, Realtor, ABR
REMAX REALTY PROFESSIONALS
The Land Beside the Water
The mountain lakes region of South Carolina is a well hidden gem known to a lucky few. It is nestled in the northwestern corner of the state in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area is rich in natural beauty.
Lake Keowee is an 18,500 acre lake built by Duke Power in the 70's. 300 Miles of shoreline extend to Oconee and Pickens Counties. The waters are a clear emerald green. There are several county parks and landings for the public to enjoy fishing, power boating, sailing, skiing, kayaking, swimming and much, much more. Planned development has made lakefront living extremely desirable.
Lake Jocassee lays to the north of Keowee. Surrounded mostly by national forests, it is a well protected and little developed lake. The 7,500 acre lake is accessible through Devil's Fork State Park. Bass and Trout attract anglers from afar. The depth and clear visibility make it a divers fresh water destination. As part of the Jocassee Gorge, National Geographics has named the area one of the "50 of the World's Last Great Places".
Lake Hartwell is a 56,000 acre lake built by the Army Corps. of Engineers in the 50's. Hartwell expands to the west and south of Keowee. It borders South Carolina and Georgia. Big Water makes it a sailor's favorite. Its Striped Bass are the quarry for many annual fishing tournaments. Many county and state parks provide public access points. The lake offers a variety of options for enjoyable lake living.
The Chattooga River borders the western side of the Upstate. The movie "Deliverance" was filmed at this location. Whitewater rafting and zip-lining are available through several outdoor guide companies for those with an adventurous streak.
Over 100 gorgeous waterfalls are located in the mountain lakes area. The range of accessibility is from an easy 5 minute stroll to a strenuous steep hike of several hours. Lush fauna and babbling streams enhance the experience. Botanists can find the rare Oconee Bell along the banks. The Sumter National Forest is home to the Stumphouse Tunnel, numerous hiking trails, and primitive campsites.
Clemson University provides enough sporting and cultural performances to satisfy the most discriminating appetite. Who can resist the roar of the Tiger and call of Death Valley at the height of football season? Even those who don't bleed Orange are sure to enjoy the comradery of tailgating. The Brooks Center offers an endless variety of professional plays, musicals, symphonies, ballets, etc. The Osher Life Long Learning Institute provides year round opportunities to pursue subjects of interest.
The towns of Seneca, Walhalla, Salem, and Westminster provide the local color with fiddling at the Music Hall, mouth watering barbecue, antique auctions, and comedy shows at the Civic Auditorium. Don't miss out on the Apple Festival, Mayberry Days, Octoberfest, Jazz on the Alley, and Hillbilly Days just to name a few of the annual events.
The city of Greenville is less than an hour's drive away and has a international airport. It is close enough for an evening at one of the charming downtown restaurants and a concert at the Peace Center. The riverfront park area provides a relaxing place for an after dinner stroll.
Finding the perfect area to lay down your roots can be a daunting task. Whether you are looking for a retirement home, a second home, or simply a comfortable place to raise your family, I am here to help. Call me today. Beth