The Oconee County Parks, Recreation and Tourism department calls Chau Ram County Park Oconee County’s “Best Kept Secret.” And they may be right! Each time we have visited this lovely park, there have been numerous camping spaces available and lots of room to enjoy the wide variety of activities available in the Park.
The 40’ waterfall on Ramsey Creek, located by the parking area, sets the stage for the beautiful rock and water scenes that occur throughout the Park.
There are more waterfalls down river and a suspension bridge—the longest in the county, gives access to both sides of the river and to clear, clean paths that lead both up and down.
Suspension bridge over the Chauga River
The unique differences in the terrain provide swimming
on sandy beaches for the little ones and sliding over rocks into catch pools for the more adventurous.
There are 4 major sets of rapids within the park that
can be easily accessed for kayaking, canoeing and tubing (bring your own tube) and a kayak slalom course is
available for instruction or competition use.
Take a dip Press the play button
There are no lifeguards, so all water adventures are at your own risk.
Fishing the rivers is also a great favorite with visitors.
Chau Ram County Park
Approximately 4.0 miles of trails. Fees $2 per car Camping $20 residents
$25 non residents (per day)
Directions: From Westminster, drive west on US 76. Keep right at the fork with US 123 and drive another 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Chau Ram Park Road and continue to the park entrance at the end of the road. You can park on the right, or follow the park road loop to the lower-level parking area.
Chau Ram County Park is closed from mid-November through February (call park for specific dates)
Hours: 7 a.m. to dusk (gate is locked after hours). Call 864.888.1488 for more information.
The 4 picnic shelters are in idyllic locations
that lend beauty and serenity to any family
and friends gathering.
Ramsey Creek Falls
And for the little ones, there are swings and
playground equipment to keep them occupied.
The campsites are located in amongst tall
trees that provide both shade and beauty.
There are 28 sites, power and water, a dump
station and a bathhouse.
Whether it’s a day trip to Chau Ram or a week’s camping trip, there is something for everyone at this “best kept secret.” Be sure to bring your camera, as there are photo opportunities at every turn. And they change continually with the seasons.