The Upcountry Pendleton

Waterfalls and Whitewater

A land of rugged forested mountains, scenic lakes, rushing whitewater rapids and cascading waterfalls, South Carolina's Upcountry is a favorite outdoor adventure, family vacation and day trip destination.

Waterfall at Devils Fork State ParkTowns & Attractions

The charming towns of Discover Upcountry Carolina offer access to hip urban areas, historic attractions, arts and crafts, and majestic scenery.

Premier Whitewater Rafting

Number one on Southern Living's top forty things every Southerner should do is raft the Chattooga River. Enjoy guided whitewater rafting and float trips on the “Wild and Scenic” Chattooga, the premier whitewater rafting river in the Eastern US.

Mountain Waterfalls

Thrill to the mystical beauty of cascading mountain falls - South Carolina Upcountry features the most beautiful natural waterfalls in the Southeast, including the highest waterfall in Eastern America.

State Parks Lodging

South Carolina’s Upcountry State Parks offer the perfect vacation hideaways with mountain villas, cabins, campgrounds, meeting facilities, hiking trails, lakes and picnic areas. Make a reservation at an Upcountry State Park or visit the South Carolina State Parks website for more information on the following Upcountry parks:

Devils Fork State Park: Located along the southwestern shore of Lake Jocassee, this park provides outdoor recreation amid the beauty of the Blue Ridge at the Jocassee Gorges. The park features lakefront camping, hiking, picnicking and vacationing in the park's contemporary mountain villas.

A cabin at Oconee State Park.Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area: This 1,000-acre park features outstanding rock outcroppings and views of the Foothills and Blue Ridge mountains. A large rental cabin in a wooded area features an upper deck porch overlooking Lake Keowee and a private floating courtesy dock. Other facilities include picnic areas with shelters, a campground, lake fishing and trails.

Table Rock State Park: Table Rock Mountain provides a towering backdrop for an upcountry retreat at the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. This 3,083-acre state park encompasses challenging hiking trails, two park lakes, a campground, rustic mountain cabins, meeting facilities and many other quality outdoor activities.

Oconee State Park: Oconee State Park serves as both a destination itself and as a gateway for visitors to the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains. Located on a high plateau in the foothills, the 1,165-acre park offers cabins, camping, fishing and boating in two small lakes, hiking on eight nature/hiking trails, plus several picnic areas and shelters and meeting facilities.