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Newberry Is Rich in Recreation

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Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.
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With beautiful natural surroundings, Newberry offers the perfect backdrop for outdoor recreation. Hone your serve on a tennis court, tee off at one of two golf courses, go paddleboarding on a lake or hike a nature trail—the choice is yours in Newberry.

Home to the Newberry College Wolves tennis team, the Oakland Tennis Center is located in the historic Oakland neighborhood and features nine Musco LED-lighted courts, six asphalt hard courts and three hybrid Claytech courts, plus clean restrooms and a pro shop.

Looking to relax on the fairways? Book a tee time at the semi-private Country Club of Newberry, embodying all the prestige and appreciation for leisure interests. The Club was founded in 1922 by a group of community members looking for a private facility for upscale events, golf, swimming and now tennis. Members have access to a full event calendar, PGA staffers for private lessons, an outstanding selection of apparel and golfing equipment, a snack bar facility and a Junior-Olympic sized pool.

If you’re seeking a quiet spot to enjoy nature, you have several excellent options. Travel a few minutes out of Newberry to find Lake Murray, a 50,000-acre man-made lake, offering opportunities for walking, boating, swimming and fishing. Constructed in the 1930s as a hydro-electric generating facility, Lake Murray has become a major recreation destination in central South Carolina. Public access is available through public parks near the dam, public boat ramps and marinas, and Dreher Island State Park

Overlooking Lake Murray, the park provides a great weekend getaway for families. You’ll be comfortably cozy in fully furnished lakeside villas that include linens, basic cooking and eating utensils, air conditioning, an outside grill, satellite television, gas fire logs and other amenities. There are also 10 camper cabins available on a year-round basis.

Discover several more miles of scenic shoreline at Lake Greenwood. A good starting point is Lake Greenwood State Park, offering a wide array of amenities, including campsites, playgrounds, picnic shelters and an educational center where you can learn the history of our nation’s state parks and conservation plans.

If you're into hiking, check out The Palmetto Trail, a 500-mile trail that runs from South Carolina's mountains to the coast. It includes the 11-mile Newberry Passage that takes you through town on its way to Sumter National Forest.

Allison Vile
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.