Despite its small town status, there are many things to do in Westminster, South Carolina. This Oconee county town of less than 3,000 is surrounded on three sides by water, and on the north by a national forest. The beautiful Chauga River Valley and rolling hills make it an outdoor paradise.
1. Chau Ram County Park
1220 Chau Ram Park Road
Westminster, SC 29693
When it comes to peaceful things to do in Westminster, Chau Ram County Park tops the list. The park is located where the Chauga River and Ramsey Creek come together. When you pull into the parking lot, you will immediately see the amazing waterfall on Ramsey Creek. You can cross the footbridge and explore the falls area, or go downstream on the trail. You will eventually cross the suspension bridge over the Chauga River. The woods are quiet and beautiful. You will see sites along the way such as the pump house rapids and bolder fields. You can go tubing, boating, fishing, or just hike along the shore.
2. Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area
19138-A Hwy. 11S
Fair Play, SC 29643
Just down the road from your Westminster bed and breakfast, Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area has a variety of outdoor activities available. Lake Hartwell is a 56,000-acre lake that is a popular fishing spot for fishermen. The visitor's center has vintage fishing rods on display for all to see. Stop in at the center for a map of the area and other important information. There is also a gift shop and several trails heads that meet up in the parking area. Call ahead for hours of operation. Admission is $2 for adults.
3. Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaqueena Falls
Walhalla, SC 29691
The Stumphouse Tunnel is a rare attraction that dates back to Civil War days. You can walk into this 1600-foot-long tunnel. It is 17 feet wide, and 25 feet tall. There is an air shaft in the top which allows airflow from the surface to flow through the tunnel. The tunnel was built to connect towns like Charleston to the raillway, which was important at that time. Walk down the wide, gravel trail to see Issaqueena Falls. The waterfall cascades down the rock about 200 feet and is worth the short walk. There are other trails and a picnic area for you to enjoy before heading back to your Westminster inn. The park is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.
4. Oconee State Park
624 State Park Road
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
If you run out of things to do in Westminster, travel north about 20 miles to Oconee State Park. The park is in the Blue Ridge foothills and is home to several fishing lakes and hiking trails. One such trail head leads to the Foothills Trail, an 80-mile hike into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Other trails wind through the park to various cabins, picnic shelters, and lakes. There is a trading post, restrooms, carpet golf, playground equipment, and ball fields near the entrance. Admission is $2 for adults.