South Carolina Lakes


More than 400,000 acres of natural and manmade South Carolina lakes feature a wide variety of funLake Marion outdoor action in wonderfully scenic settings.

Located in state parks, in the middle of secluded forests and nestled between rolling hills, South Carolina is home to 12 “major” lakes and dozens of smaller lakes offer an abundance of on-water activities including championship fishing, pro tournaments, houseboat excursions, island camping, lake cruises, boating, scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking, and more.

Discover Lake Marion, the largest inland body of water in the South. Uncover "one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the nation,” Lake Keowee. And find out why the striped bass is honored as South Carolina’s state fish at lakes such as Hartwell and Thurmond.

Click on a lake name in the list below for more information on South Carolina’s major lakes.


Waterfalls in South Carolina


Jones Gap Falls The scenic Upcountry region is home to hundreds of cascading waterfalls in South Carolina — some of the Palmetto State’s most stunning outdoor attractions.

The many beautiful falls of South Carolina include secluded mountain cascades, thundering 400-foot river drops and the highest waterfalls in the southeast, Raven Cliff Falls, located near the striking Blue Ridge Mountains,

Some falls may be viewed from roadside overlooks and on short hikes down easy trails. Other viewings require adventurous hiking through forested mountain terrain and on off-the-beaten-paths of state parks. Whether you are a seasoned hiker, weekend warrior or soft adventurer, South Carolina’s striking waterfalls are worth the walk.

Click on a waterfall name below for descriptions, locations, and hiking requirements to waterfalls in South Carolina.

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