The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUmE 12 — ISSUE 1 18 upstate living Four major rivers feed Lake Jocassee, as well as numerous creeks which literally fall into the lake out of the mountain wilderness. Jocassee ofers some of the best trout fshing in the state and holds the state record for redeye bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, brown trout and rainbow trout. Use a standard rod and reel, or try fy fshing with an expert. Kay Wade, co-owner of Lake Jocassee Tours said her mission was showing visitors that there is more to the lake than 'just' the splendid waterfalls. "We point out interesting trees, birds, geographical features, and tell a little of the local lore along the way," said Wade. "Every day on Lake Jocassee is diferent, and every one, special." Wade notes the lake has something to ofer for all seasons. "In the summer Lake Jocassee is one of the cleanest, clearest lakes in the eastern U.S., so if you visit during warmer months plan to take a swim. The spring- fed water will make your skin feel delicious, or try a waterfall massage. There's nothing quite like it." Designated the South's frst national wild and scenic river in 1974, the Chattooga is one of the premier whitewater rafting rivers in the Eastern U.S., dropping an average of 49.3 feet per mile. Made famous in the movie "Deliverance," the Chattooga is one of the longest and largest free fowing mountain rivers in the Southeast that remains in a relatively undeveloped condition. Rafting guides for Wildwater Rafting take thrills seekers on an adventure ride of a lifetime down the Chattooga. The outft operates out of historic Long Creek Academy built in 1914. Section four of the river has fve heart pumping falls (Entrance, Cork Screw, Crack in the Rocks, Jawbone and Sock 'Em Dog) during the 13 mile ride. Pat Conroy described his near death experience on the river in one of his books as he encountered Sock 'Em Dog, one of the wildest sections on the river as he scrambled to get out of his kayak before going down the fall. In addition to all of the things to do in the great outdoors, this corner of South Carolina is also home to wonderful small towns and bustling cities that ofer visitors world-class museums, art, antiques and specialty shopping. In Seneca, shop in eclectic stores at Ram Cat Alley. For dinner you can have a down home barbecue, eat a meat- and-three diner or eat at fne-dining establishments. Enjoy jazz on select nights. Not everyone can visit a museum at a nuclear power plant. The World of Energy is a free museum dedicated to electricity and nuclear power located at the Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca. Step outside to the viewing platforms to watch the three nuclear reactors. In Greenville, visit the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery that showcases artworks from the 14th through the 19th Centuries. Or, head to the town of Clemson, home of the Clemson Tigers and take the kids to the Bob Campbell Geology Museum—the interactive discovery center began as a small collection by Clemson University. While you are there sample some artisanal Clemson Blue Cheese. Once upon a time the cheese was cured in Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel. The Upstate is a mecca for pottery enthusiasts. Gafney is a destination for potters all over the Southeast during Potters on Gafney's Old Field, a pottery show on the grounds of Cherokee County History and Arts Museum. If you like folk art, you won't want to miss the Festival of Quilts in Seneca, where more than 200 handcrafted, traditional quilts are shown. Quilts are also on display in the town of Pickens. History lovers will enjoy seeing the past preserved in bridges in Dark Corner. Poinsett Bridge is the oldest standing bridge (1820) and Campbell's Bridge is the sole- surviving covered bridge (1909) in South Carolina. Both are on the National Register of Historic Places. To see the only mountain-top golf course in the state, golf fans >>

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