Nature & Outdoors

Breath Deep, Take Your Time, Enjoy the View

Pick a path through the pristine scenery of Pickens County. From the shores of Lake Hartwell to the peaks of Table Rock to the depths of the Jocassee Gorges, Pickens County puts nature on display. Fish at Mile Creek Park, let the vistas of Keowee Toxaway State Park take your breath away. Explore waterfalls, learn about native flora and fauna, slip and slide away the day at Long Shoals.

Bike your way around the bends and hike high into wilderness wonderlands. Stroll through gardens and arboreta and indulge in the aroma of beautiful blooms. Get wet and wild on a kayaking trip along Twelve Mile Creek or enjoy the site of wildflowers in bloom along a hillside trail. See the world from a different point of view: on horseback.

And did we mention golf? Our mild climate makes the outdoors accessible year-round, so pack your clubs for a day (or two or 10) on the links. Once you've sampled the greens and fairways, you may not want to leave!

Trade your everyday pressures for endless pleasures in Pickens County's great outdoors.


Biking » View Complete List

Mild weather, beautiful vistas and a slower pace all add up to Pickens County being an unbeatable paradise for cyclers.

Golf » View Complete List

Tee up some time on the links while you are here. We love our golf courses here in Pickens County, and we're pretty sure you will, too!

Hiking/Backpacking » View Complete List

With high mountain trails and deep, dramatic gorges, waterfalls and river views, hikers and backpackers come back to Pickens County again and again.

Lakes & Rivers » View Complete List

Wet a line for record fish. Spend the day on a boat. Kick back on a lazy day at the lake or get your thrills on a whitewater ride. With so much to offer the water lover, Pickens County will call you back for more.

Parks & Gardens » View Complete List

Beautiful gardens, wonderful wildflowers, heirloom plants and historic sites all call out to the nature lover. If you're looking for something more active than a stroll under the trees, try our recreational facilities, hiking trails, fishing holes and bike paths.

Picnic Areas » View Complete List

With so many state and local parks, and a beautiful view almost everywhere you look, you'll have a hard time deciding where to land for your Pickens County picnic. Why not try them all?

Sports & Recreation » View Complete List

Pickens County offers terrific recreational opportunities for a broad range of activities, from hiking, biking, fishing and water sports to fields and gyms for individual and team sports. And don't forget our great golf courses.

Waterfalls » View Complete List

Our parks and hiking trails are dotted with waterfalls both large and small. Take a dip, take a picture, take a moment to enjoy one of nature's gifts.