Welcome to Oconee County, South Carolina! Oconee County is located in the northwestern corner of Upstate South Carolina, otherwise know as The Golden Corner. “Oconee” is a Cherokee word meaning “Land beside the water”. This is the perfect name for a county that boasts multiple lakes, rivers, streams, over 150 waterfalls and has one of only two rainforests in North America – the Jocassee Gorges!
Outdoor recreation and adventure is our calling card. As you will see throughout our web site, Oconee is truly blessed with pristine, protected forests (over 90,000 acres!), primitive lakes surrounded by the Blue Ridge mountains with waterfalls that you can pull your boat up to and swim under, other lakes that are perfect for your favorite water sports, trails to 29 waterfalls, world class white water rafting and paddling on the infamous nationally designated Wild and Scenic Chattooga River, renown trophy fishing with one world record and five state records for Trout and Bass, lake front State and County Parks with cabins, camping and RV sites, great bicycling through canopied mountain back roads and, generally, just a great place to hang out, dip your feet in cold mountain stream and relax in the great outdoors!
Come visit us here in Oconee County, SC and see for yourself why National Geographic calls this area one of the “World’s Last Great Places – A Destination of a Lifetime”!
The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of tourism representing 12 states in the Southeast United States. Each year, STS honors “Tourism’s Best & Brightest in the Southeast” with the prestigious Shining Example Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in professional tourism across member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia.
“Shining Example Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples that others in the industry can follow,” said STS President and CEO Bill Hardman.
In 2011, after just three years of operation, the Mountain Lakes CVB was honored to receive the award. Ken Sloan, President & CEO of Mountain Lakes CVB, accepted the unique lantern that symbolizes this coveted acknowledgement.