This 50,000 acre lake was completed in 1930 and provides hydroelectric power and recreational opportunities to the midlands of South Carolina. Public accesses can be found at Sunset Recreational Area and Kempson's Bridge on Hwy 395. Ramps and facilities may also be found at Buffalo Creek Marina (803) 364-9353 and Dreher Island State Park (803) 364-4152. Click here for more information.
Dreher Island State Park
Used for training exercises by the Army Air Corps in the 1940's, this park consists of three islands, 348 acres and twelve miles of shoreline on Lake Murray. Ninety-seven paved sites may be used by both RVs and tents, while 15 sites are for tent campers only. Other facilities include sheltered picnic areas, nature trails, boat ramps, rental slips and vacation villas. Open year-round. Click here for more information or click here for booking information.
This 276-acre woodland area began as a project of the CCC in the 1930's. A 4.7 mile scenic road is complimented by hiking and equestrian trails. The park also includes a sheltered picnic area, restrooms and two primitive campsites. Part of the Palmetto Trail is also in Lynch's Woods. The park is located behind the Newberry County Sheriff's Office at the intersection of Hwy 76 and Hwy 34 bypass. The trail is open daily from dawn to dusk. For further information, contact: County of Newberry Recreation Gerdi Lake , P.O.box 156 Newberry 29108 803-924-8328
Sumter National Forest
Covering 56,595 acres in Newberry County, the Sumter National Forest offers something for every outdoor enthusiast. Hunting, fishing, primitive camping, nature trails, bird-watching, equestrian trails, picnicking and boating are among the many possibilities of this natural resource. For more information: Sumter National Forest, Enoree Ranger and District Office, 20 Work Center Road, Whitmire, SC 29178, (803) 276-4810. Click here for more information.
Two sections of the Palmetto Trail are open in Newberry County: the Enoree Passage and Lynch's Woods has a three-mile trail which will serve as the Gateway to the Upstate. For more information, call the Sumter National Forest, Enoree Ranger Station at (803) 276-4810. Click here for more information.
Wells Japanese Gardens
This small park on Lindsay Street in Newberry was designed in 1930 by the Wells family as a private garden. With two ponds, bridges, pagodas, lotuses and exotic plants, this park offers a lot of nature in a small space. The garden is an on-going restoration project of the Newberry Council of Garden Clubs. It is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Carter & Holmes Orchids
Founded in 1946, Carter & Holmes has grown to 18 greenhouses covering two acres. They are recognized internationally as a source of orchids and exotic plants. Visitors are welcome, but large groups should make arrangements in advance. The greenhouses are located at 629 Mendenhall Road and are open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. For further information: Carter & Holmes Orchids, PO Box 668, Newberry, SC 29108, (803) 276-0579. Click here for more information.
This 11,400 acre lake was completed in 1940 following the construction of the dam at Buzzard's Roost on the Saluda River. The lake adds miles of scenic shoreline to the southwestern corner of Newberry County.
Newberry County is bounded in part by the Saluda, Broad, Tyger and Enoree Rivers. Public landings provide access to these scenic and historic waterways.
Broad River and Parr Reservoir
Newberry County has two 18-hole golf courses. A par 72 facility is located at The Country Club of Newberry, 414 Country Club Road, Newberry, SC 29108 (803) 276-2385. The Mid Carolina Country Club is on the frontage road of Exit 82 on I-26, near Prosperity, (803) 364-3193. A 9-hole course is located in Whitmire at the Whitmire Golf Course, Hwy 121, Whitmire, (803) 694-3256.