Local Activities

If you look around Mountain Rest, you will find that it offers a wealth of features and activities. These are a few of the many that can be found. 


  If you would like a church to visit, or one to call home, any of these will gladly welcome you with open arms.

Mountain Rest Baptist Church
9915 highlands Highway
(864) 638-2312

Double Springs Methodist
389 Chattooga Ridge Road

Belmont Baptist Church
355 Whetstone Road

Bethlehem Baptist Church
198 Camp Chatuga Road
(864) 718-7595

Monte Vista Baptist Church
110 Verner Mill Road
(864) 638-8342

Mt. Freedom Baptist Church
278 Highway 107
(864) 638-6698

Open Arms Tabernacle- This church is located on Old Yellow Branch Rd. just off of Cassidy Bridge Rd.

Village Creek Church 

River Ministry-   
as an alternative to a traditional church, every first Sunday of the month, rain or shine, people gather at 8 am on the rocks of Woodall Shoals, for a beautiful outdoor ministry. The sun rises, the guitars play, and people sing and pray and hear the Word. 

Apple Orchards

Bryson's U-pick Apple Orchard

1101 Chattooga Ridge Rd

Mountain Rest, SC 29664

Phone- (864) 647-9427

Round Mountain Apple Orchard

880 Academy Road

Long Creek, SC

Phone (864) 647-5112

Gerber's Apple Stand

Located on Hwy 107 just across from Mt. Freedom Baptist Church

Chattooga Belle Farm

 454 Damascus Church Road
Long Creek, SC 29658
(864) 638-9768

Chattooga Belle Farm features it's own apple orchard, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, and other delicious fruits! They also have a store that sells many delicious jams, jellies, and other goodies. Chattooga Belle Farm has a gorgeous view of the mountains and a is a very popular wedding venue. They also have their own winery!

Camp Chatuga

291 Camp Chatuga Road
Mountain Rest, SC
(864) 638-3728

Located in the heart of Mountain Rest, this camp has been run and operated by the Gordon family since 1956. They offer over 30 activities, and have their own lake along with over 60 acres of private land. Camp Chatuga is a great summer camp for kids and you can choose from 12 different sessions for your child to enjoy.

Camping and Cabins

Oconee State Park features swimming, fishing, paddle boats, canoeing, several camping and RV sites, primitive camping sites, cabins, shelters available for rent, and mini golf.  (864) 638-5353 

Mountain Rest Cabins

175 Homeland Dr.

Mountain Rest, SC 29664

(864) 718-0333

Burrells Ford Campground

Primitive camping located in the Sumpter National Forest. Easy walk to camping area from the parking lot. Contains the access point to King Creek Falls walking trail.

Waterfalls and Hiking

Oconee County boasts many wonderful waterfalls and walking trails to try out. Here is a list of the many waterfalls you can see in and around Mountain Rest:   

Bee Cove Falls  

Big Bend Falls  

Blue Hole Falls
Brasstown Falls
Bull Sluice
Chauga Narrow Falls
Chau Ram Falls
Cheohee or Miuka Falls
Fall Creek Falls
Hidden Falls
Issaqueena Falls
King Creek Falls
Taurel Fork Falls
Lee Falls
Licklog & Pig Pen Falls
Long Creek Falls
Lower Whitewater Falls
Mills Creek Falls
Opossum Creek Falls
Riley Moore Falls
Secret Falls
Spoonauger Falls
Station Cove Falls
Wright Creek Falls
Yellow Branch Falls

For more information on these waterfalls and on Oconee County's various hiking trails, please visit scmountainlakes.com 

Astronomy Club

  The Chauga Village Amateur Astronomers meet every fourth Thursday at 7pm at Mtn Rest Baptist Church, 9915 Highlands Hwy. Excellent programs. Members have access to NASA-funded Mtn. Rest Observatory. $25 dues. (864) 718-3998. 

Walking Track

Paved loop at Mtn. Rest Community Club on Verner Mill Rd. is well lit for night walkers. Nice grass area for Frisbee or dogs. Bring bag to scoop their poop. A little over three laps is a mile. FREE. 

5th Sunday Night Singing

Whenever there is a 5th Sunday in a month, everybody gathers at a church at 6 pm for singing. Anybody and everybody can get up and sing a favorite hymn or praise song. It is spontaneous; there is no agenda. The churches on the mountain rotate as hosts for the singing. Be there to sing or just listen! 

Meals Delivery

The churches on the mountain provide funds for meal delivery 5 days a week. Volunteers devote 2-3 hours and drive about 35 miles each time they deliver. This ministry is extremely rewarding and substitutes are available for days you can't deliver. We could always use more drivers, please call this number if you are interested 718-9190. 


The Oconee County Beekeepers Association meets every 3rd Thursday upstairs in the Agriculture building, South Broad Street, Walhalla, at 6:30 pm. Bring a Potluck. Dues are $10. 638-5889. 

River Rafting

With the Chattooga River flowing through our area, there are several great options for fun including river rafting and tubing.

NOC Chattooga Outpost

851A Chattooga Ridge Rd

Mountain Rest, SC 29664

(864) 214-4902

Wildwater Chattooga Adventure Center

1251 State Rd S-3714

Long Creek, SC 29658

(800) 451-9972


If leisurely fishing is your "cup of tea" Mountain Rest is a great place to be! We are home to a hotbed of fishing spots! We're even home to the fish hatchery, which stocks our lakes and rivers with trout.

Walhalla State Fish Hatchery

198 Fish Hatchery Rd

Mountain Rest, SC 29664

Chattooga River Fly Shop

6832A Highlands Hwy

Mountain Rest, SC 29664

(864) 638-2806