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Nature Calls in Westminster

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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When you’re visiting a city just a short drive from a national forest and one of South Carolina’s most beautiful rivers, getting outdoors should top your must-do list. Westminster serves as a fantastic base camp to explore the many waterfalls and trails in Sumter National Forest and raft or kayak the National Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.

But you don’t have to leave town to experience the beauty of this section of the Upcountry. Here are some recreational activities you can do right in Westminster:

Chau Ram County Park – Located at the confluence of the Chauga River and Ramsey Creek, hence the name “Chau Ram,” this park is a true gem with more than 3 miles of hiking trails and a mile of river running through it, offering opportunities to tube, fish, kayak or just cool off in one of the shallow pools along the banks. Within the park are several impressive rapids and the handicap accessible 40-foot Chau Ram Falls. There’s also a 160-foot suspension bridge spanning the Chauga, a kayak slalom course for instruction and competitions, 26 tent and RV campsites, picnic pavilions and a playground.

Riley Moore Falls – Part of the Chauga River, these falls are located outside the city limits but within easy driving range and a short .7-mile hike. While not particularly high at 12 feet, they span 100 feet across, creating an impressive cascade. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch on the sand by the river’s edge.

Golf – Westminster is home to two golf courses, offering challenging play for those vacationing with their clubs. The beautifully restored Chickasaw Point Golf Course is a par 72 course featuring a mountain-style layout with numerous elevation changes, scenic views and tree-lined fairways. If your time is limited, try the nine-hole Foxwood Hills Golf Course, featuring 2,765 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35.

Go Fish! – Prefer to cast a rod than swing a club? Visit Go Fish!, featuring two lakes stocked with a variety of catfish, ranging in size from a half-pound to 60 pounds, and a third lake stocked with carp. The lakes also have native populations of largemouth bass, crappie and many sunfish species. A bait shop has everything you need, from rods and reels to tackle and bait. There’s also a full-service concession area. You don’t need a South Carolina fishing license at Go Fish!

You can also fish Westminster’s many creeks and rivers, including the Chauga River and Ramsey Creek.

W.P. Anderson Park – Located on East North Avenue near the Westminster Library, this city park features a playground for kids and an off-leash fenced play area for your four-legged companion. You’ll also find two covered picnic shelters and restrooms.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.