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Your guide to Mountain Rest


Mountain Rest, South Carolina, as the name might suggest, is all about the great outdoors. What this rural Appalachian Mountain town lacks in residents (population: 2,084), it more than makes up for in raw, backcountry wilderness. Thousands of acres of forest extend in every direction, filled with waterfalls, rapid rivers, and swampland. Human history has left its own imprint, too, with relics of the bygone railroad era. There are ample opportunities to get out and explore: trails for hiking, lakes for boating, and outlooks to admire the panoramic mountain views. It all amounts to an addictive blend of South Carolina mountain town charm and the quiet bliss of being immersed in nature.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Mountain Rest

If you're looking for sunshine and the ideal outdoor activity weather, late spring is your season to book one of Mountain Rest’s cabin rentals. In May, before the town’s trails and lakes get crowded, the average high is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. By late June, the crowds thicken and so does the humidity. The rest of summer is oppressively hot, with frequent temperatures above 90 degrees. Fall is nice, too, with temperatures cascading into the 70s through October. Winters vary from mild (temperatures in the 50s) to below freezing. Mountain Rest is one of the chilliest places in South Carolina, with January being the coldest month — nighttime temperatures average around 27 degrees, with frequent snow storms.

Top things to do in Mountain Rest

Oconee State Park

Oconee State Park is one of Mountain Rest’s natural gems. Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 1,165-acre park is brimming with diverse flora and fauna. The Station Cove Falls Trail is known for its wildflowers, including the state flower, Carolina jessamine. Trails lead hikers through patches of walking ferns and stands of chestnut oaks, and a lake provides the perfect spot for casting a line for catfish or rowing at a leisurely pace. Don’t miss the swimming hole with a high-dive in the summer.

Sumter National Forest

Sumter National Forest is full of beauty, oddities, and other draws. Cascading waterfalls, stands of towering trees, and swamps comprise the patchwork terrain of this enchanting wilderness of more than 370,000 acres. Some historical relics and attractions provide other forms of entertainment, like the Stumphouse Tunnel, an eerie unfinished 1850s railroad tunnel that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

Chattooga River

The Chattooga River runs for 59 miles, beginning in the granite peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains and rushing down to Mountain Rest and further south. As a designated Wild and Scenic River, it’s a protected nature corridor best seen from a raft down its Class II and IV rapids.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Mountain Rest?

    Mountain Rest experiences a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm, typically peaking around 86°F (30°C), while winters are cooler, averaging around 32°F (0°C). Fall and spring offer mild temperatures, making them great times to enjoy the outdoors.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Mountain Rest?

    Mountain Rest is an outdoor enthusiast's haven. Visitors can explore Lake Becky for boating and fishing, visit Oconee State Park for camping and hiking, or discover the waterfalls at Chattooga River, a favorite among kayakers and rafters. The Westminster Music Centre also hosts regular concerts for music lovers.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Mountain Rest?

    Spring and fall are popular times to visit Mountain Rest due to the mild weather and beautiful landscape changes. The Apple Festival in nearby Westminster during September is a well-attended local event, and the bluegrass festival at Oconee State Park in May is often a highlight for visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Mountain Rest?

    Visitors often choose to stay near the heart of Mountain Rest for easy access to local amenities. Others prefer the tranquility of lakeside cabins by Lake Becky. Staying near Oconee State Park is also popular for those planning to wander its scenic trails.

  • What are the best places to visit in Mountain Rest?

    Notable places to visit in Mountain Rest include the scenic Lake Becky, the adventurous Chattooga River, and the tranquil Oconee State Park. The nearby Station Cove Falls, a 60ft (18m) waterfall, is also a frequently suggested spot for nature lovers.

  • What are some hiking trails in Mountain Rest?

    Hiking trails in Mountain Rest provide breathtaking natural views. Trails in Oconee State Park and the Foothills Trail are often recommended, each offering diverse landscapes. The trail to Station Cove Falls is a relatively easy hike, leading to a spectacular waterfall.

  • What are some family activities to do in Mountain Rest?

    Families can enjoy picnicking and boating at Lake Becky, exploring the hiking trails in Oconee State Park, or learning about local history at the Oconee Station State Historic Site. The Chattooga River also offers exciting rafting opportunities for adventurous families.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Mountain Rest?

    For day trips from Mountain Rest, consider a visit to nearby Clemson, known for its university and botanical garden. Another choice is Greenville, with its vibrant art scene and the family-friendly Falls Park on the Reedy. Both cities are under 60 miles (97 km) away.

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