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From the magnificent Table Rock State Park to the picturesque Mile Creek Park, Pickens County has many parks to enjoy. Each park has its own unique character, but all share the same level of beauty found across the Blue Ridge Escarpment (commonly referred to as the Blue Wall). At 3,552 feet above sea level, Sassafras Mountain overlook is the highest point in South Carolina and has a beautiful overlook providing 360 degree mountain views. Long Shoals Roadside Park is a hidden gem located on the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway about two miles from Keowee Toxaway State Park.
The Twelve Mile River is a 30-mile tributary of Lake Hartwell running through Pickens County. Containing sections of whitewater rapids and flatwater, the Twelve Mile River is ideal for paddlers of all skill levels. For thrill-seekers, there is a two mile stretch of Class II-III rapids.
Pickens County is the center of the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway, a nationally designated scenic byway, also known as Highway 11. It is the longest of South Carolina's four National Scenic Byways and acquired its name because it runs through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the ancestral home of the Cherokee.
From place names to traditions, the heritage of Native Americans and ancestors is still present and honored in Pickens County. The Pickens County Museum of Art and History is a great place to start your history trip through the county. Housed in the old "gaol" (jail), the museum features artifacts and antiquities telling the stories of Pickens County, its preceding territories and the Upcountry.
While you're here, be sure to visit Hagood Mill Historic Site. It's a treat for the entire family with a restored gristmill, historic cabins and Native American artifacts showcasing the Petroglyph site, a museum that boasts the most accessible and only protected petroglyphs in the state of South Carolina.