Founded in 1805 by General Andrew Pickens and Rev. Andrew Brown, Bethel Presbyterian is the oldest church in continuous use in Oconee County. The current house of worship was built in 1846 by Henry Steele and restored in 2002, exposing the hand-hewed beams in the ceiling. The church has recently published its history, which is 288 pages and includes the church registry from 1855-2012 and select family genealogies and photographs. The cemetery dates to the founding of the church.
Devils Fork State Park
Devils Fork State Park provides the only public access to Lake Jocassee, a largely undeveloped 7,500-acre reservoir tucked deep in the Cherokee Foothills. The park is popular for fishing, scuba diving, kayaking among the waterfalls. Camping and villas available.
Westminster Train Depot
Built in 1911, this local landmark serves as a visitors center and the headquarters for the Westminster Chamber of Commerce. The depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Isaqueena Falls & Stumphouse Tunnel
The 1600-foot-long Stumphouse Tunnel was started in 1852 but the Civil War—and a lack of funds—brought construction to a halt. Today it is a reminder of what never was and a monument to pre-Civil War engineering. Not far from the "tunnel to nowhere" is Isaqueena Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the State.
Andrew Pickens Ranger Station
Andrew Pickens Ranger Station: Named after Revolutionary War hero General Andrew Pickens, the Ranger Station is the gateway to the Andrew Pickens District, a 79,000 acre area that is home to the wild and scenic Chattooga River, the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Sumter National Forest. The station offers a small interpretive center, gift shop and maps that lead you to any outdoor recreational activity that you can think of including hiking, horseback riding, waterfall seeking, fishing and primitive camping.
Blue Ridge Arts Center
The Blue Ridge Arts Center is housed in Seneca’s oldest remaining religious facility, the former Episcopal Church that was built in 1882. Today the arts center features annual art shows, permanent art exhibits and a reference library related to the arts.
Blue Ridge Field Heritage Park
Once the site of the segregated African-American Blue Ridge High School football field, Blue Ridge Field today memorializes the rich history of African-American education from the 1800's to 1969. Blue Ridge High School was an all- African-American facility in Seneca prior to integration. The football field, which has remained vacant since the school closed in 1969, is now the site offeres a walking track community gardens, picnic shelters and a recreational field.
Historic Ballenger House
The Ballenger House (circa 1925) is a red brick home built in the foursquare style surrounded by sumptuous gardens and located in the heart of Historic Downtown Seneca. The beautiful home is used for weddings, showers, art exhibits and fundraisers.
Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area
This 56,000-acre lake maintains a reputation for top-flight angling, including for striped bass and hybrid bass, largemouth, crappie, bream, and catfish. In addition to lake access, the site offers hiking, affordable one-room camper cabins, and an information center, which has on display an array of vintage fishing equipment.
The Lunney House Museum
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this California style bungalow was built in 1909 and occupied continuously by the Lunney family until 1969. Its distinctive arts and crafts architecture now houses a collection of Victorian furniture and local memorabilia.
Oconee Heritage Center
Housed in the historic Tobacco Warehouse of Walhalla, this museum houses a Depression-era tenant farmer’s house, a virtual replica of Stumphouse Tunnel, and a 250-year-old dugout canoe along with exhibits on Oconee County history.
Oconee State Park
Oconee State Park is popular for its several picturesque hiking trails, lake fishing, cabins, and campgrounds. The park is the southern trailhead for the 80-mile Foothills Trail.
Old Pickens Presbyterian Church
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this church is the only thing remaining of the town that was established here in 1828. The meeting house-style brick church was built between 1849 and 1851. The interior contains plaster walls and the original pine floors and unpainted pews of poplar and pine. The adjacent cemetery has over 200 graves dating back to 1790.
Dedicated to veteran is honor of their service to the United States, Patriots Hall features military artifacts, documents, photographs and artwork. Collections include personal stories, weapons, models, uniforms and equipment.
Built around 1792 during tensions between white settlers and Native Americans, Oconee Station was one in a string of small frontier posts. A circa 1805 residence is on site along with fishing and trail access to Station Cove Falls in the Sumter National Forest.
Walhalla Civic Auditorium
Now hosting big Broadway shows and popular performers, the Walhalla Civic Auditorium was once the humble stage of the Walhalla Grade School. Though the school dates to 1903, the auditorium itself wasn’t added to the school complex until 1915.
Walhalla State Fish Hatchery
Built in the 1930s, this is the only trout hatchery in South Carolina. Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery or fish in the East Fork, which runs through hatchery grounds. You can also picnic in areas provided for the public. Nearby is the Ellicott Rock Wilderness, which offers a series of scenic trails for hikers.
World of Energy
You may never look at a light switch the same way again after a visit to Duke Energy's World of Energy. Located next to the Oconee Nuclear Station, the World of Energy offers an excellent opportunity to explore how electricity is generated using water, coal and uranium. With interactive models, this high-tech center teaches visitors how three reservoirs interact to generate electricity for the Upstate. Bring a picnic and enjoy the view of Lake Keowee and the beautiful Keowee Valley, and afterwards explore the nature trail on the grounds and wander through the butterfly garden.