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Southern Highroads may only go through one county in South Carolina, but there’s enough activity and attractions there to spend an entire day. There’s plenty of outdoor recreation as well as festivals occurring several times a year. So let’s take a look at Oconee County, SC

The county seat is Walhalla (fun name huh?) and they host the Oktoberfest Fest in the area every year, usually beginning in mid-October.

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The attractions they have are primarily outdoor, such as The Stumphouse Tunnel, Issaqueena Falls and Brasstown Falls, and the Chattooga River (made famous from Deliverance, which I will refrain from Youtube’ing. Heh). There is also the Oconee Station that was built in 1792.

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There’s three beautiful lakes there, Lake Keowee, Lake Hartwell, and Lake Jocassee. And the SC Botanical Gardens are also here. If you’ve never been to a botanical garden, I highly recommend it. It’s more than just seeing a bunch of flowers and plants. Typically there’s unusual species of flowers, birds that are not too afraid of humans so you can see them upclose, and always something to be learned. Just take a Bendedryl before you go there. 🙂

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Highlands, North Carolina Hotels have dotted the scenic landscape of the small village for over a century. They have changed some with technology but they still offer that unique atmosphere of southern hospitality at its best. Highlands, North Carolina is known to have less than a thousand regular inhabitants that call this mountain getaway home. Although this is the case, typically fifteen thousand tourists will call it their home away from home at any given time during the travel season. Those who visit Highlands need a place to rest their weary bones and relax and Highlands, North Carolina Hotels are ready to oblige.

Highlands, North Carolina Hotels do their part in making Highlands one of the best kept getaway secrets in the south. There are many people that have never heard of Highlands, NC and therefore the pleasures that can be found there are hidden from their view. Many others however have found that this little Appalachian Mountain Paradise is the place to go to ignite or rekindle romance or to simply relax in a place where everybody knows your name.

For a truly unique lodging experience in Highlands it is recommended that you give Fire Mountain a visit. No, Fire Mountain is not a volcano but it does overflow with charm and opportunities for romance. Fire Mountain is a lodging destination that offers you a variety of options. Located just a few moments outside of Highlands this hideaway offers quaint little cabins, cozy tree houses and a charming country inn. Streams, waterfalls and a mountain top view that will simply take your breath away surround this retreat. Memories are made of this.

Highlands, North Carolina Hotels have developed a family tradition of offering comfort and class to their visitors. Take the Mitchell’s Lodge & Cottages for example. This family operated inn has been in existence for over 7 decades and is still going strong. They offer a pavilion where you can get cozy around an old fashioned wood burning fireplace and a spa to relax those tired muscles after a long day of hiking, fishing and shopping. Now this is a place to getaway.

If you want something a little more modern in Highlands, North Carolina Hotels you can always visit the Highlands Hampton Inn. Sure this is more of an upscale inn but it still manages to offer a touch of home and fits in well with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain scenery that can be enjoyed throughout the visit. You can also visit the 4½ Street Inn. This structure is over a century old and was a home at one time. The restoration process has made this inn a gem to be enjoyed. The Colonial Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast is another great lodging option in Highlands that offers relaxation and the spirit of romance. For nearly 5 decades this inn has provided hospitality that tends to blow their visitors away. If you are looking for a destination to get a way from it all Highlands, North Carolina Hotels are waiting to take you in.

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No matter where your entry point is onto the Southern Highroads, you’re guaranteed a place closeby that offers Whitewater Rafting. I, personally, have not done it.. don’t want to do it.. but will gladly watch my mother-in-law do it (don’t laugh! heh). So below are some options along Southern Highroads to partake in Whitewater Rafting.

Rafting the Chattooga River – The Chattooga River covers North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The Chattooga is one of the very few commercially-rafted class V rivers in the Southeast. The Chattooga is a free-flowing river (no upstream dam to control the flow) which quickly responds to rainfall or drought conditions.

Cartecay River Whitewater -The Cartecay River runs through Ellijay, Georgia. It is the site of a class II whitewater run. The river is a tributary of the Coosawattee River. Both the Cartecay and Ellijay Rivers meet in Ellijay and merge to form the Coosawattee River. The Cartecay River and most of the watershed are located within the southeast corner of Gilmer County, Georgia, but there are small sections of the watershed in Fannin, Pickens, and Dawson Counties.

Nantahala River – Easy Class II rapids before heading into the Class III. Eight miles long and waiting for you to come on in! The water is fine!

Rafting on the Ocoee River -I spoke about rafting on the Ocoee before so I won’t go into it here too much, just suffice to say, it’s beautiful, it’s popular, it was in the Olympics.

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P1010025_resizeOn the top left hand corner of Georgia sits Murray County. Kind of a quiet county, but very nice to drive. Chatsworth is the county seat, but we drove through Eton as well. I think we had the most fun driving south through Murray with the winding highway, roadside motels, and beautiful places to pull over and take pictures.

The Chattahoochee National Forest runs through Murray, as does the Cohutta Wilderness Area, which has a very interesting history. In Chatsworth there’s also the Chief Vann House which is a treasure in Murray County in the fine antiques and Cherokee artistry it holds.

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