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Retirement Living in Lake Hartwell Country - South Carolina

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Area Description

Lake Hartwell Country, the three county region surrounding Lake Hartwell in South Carolina, includes the cities and towns of Clemson, Central, Pickens. Liberty, Easley, Anderson, Belton, Honea Path, Seneca, Walhalla, & Westminster. The area is nestled in the foothills of the SC Blue Ridge Mountains and boasts big-water lakes Hartwell, Keowee & Jocassee. The area is home to the highest point in South Carolina, Sassafras Mountain, the state's deepest lake, Lake Jocassee, and the Southeast's first Wild and Scenic River, the Chattooga.

Includes Cities/Towns: Anderson, Central, Clemson, Easley, Pendleton, Pickens, Seneca, Westminster.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Enjoy fishing, boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, camping, OR vibrant cities and towns with night life for all ages. Spend a few days hiking, bicycling, or driving through the Blue Ridge mountains. Zip lining along the Chattoga Ridge near the Chattoga River offers a totally unique view of the region. Visit pick-your-own berry and apple farms or explore agriculture in a hands-on museum at the SC Agricultural Museum in Pendleton. SC Department of Natural Resources lands offer hunting opportunities and dozens of lake access points await visitors who want to explore by boat, kayak or canoe. After hours, downtowns like Clemson and Anderson offer vibrant night life. Several genealogy libraries house information on those who lived here in times gone by. Walking tours are available by appointment.

Cultural Activities

Small town theaters, some of which rival Broadway, wait to be discovered. For a special treat plan ahead to visit Mill Town Playhouse or one of many others in the region. Clemson University offers lecture series, concerts, and dance performances, which are open to the public. Easley, Seneca, Pendleton, and Piedmont offer theatre performances, which are listed on our calendar of events.

Public transportation

The Clemson Area Transit (CAT Bus) is a FREE public transit system in the Clemson, Pendleton, Central, Seneca areas. Seneca's busses are Electric, built by Proterra of Greenville SC, providing a tryly green transportation system.

Medical Facilities

Two large hospitals operate several facilities across the region: Greenville Health Systems and St. Francis Hospital System. Both offer state-of-the art care.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  29.5  40.6  51.8  5.6 "  0.9 "
 Feb  32.0  44.3  56.5  4.8 "  0.5 "
 Mar  38.9  51.6  64.3  5.8 "  0.2 "
 Apr  46.2  59.5  72.7  3.9 "  0.0 "
 May  55.3  67.5  79.8  4.5 "  0.0 "
 Jun  63.2  74.9  86.5  3.9 "  0.0 "
 Jul  67.3  78.7  90.1  4.3 "  0.0 "
 Aug  66.4  77.4  88.4  4.6 "  0.0 "
 Sep  60.4  71.6  82.8  4.2 "  0.0 "
 Oct  48.0  60.6  73.2  4.0 "  0.0 "
 Nov  39.3  51.4  63.5  4.3 "  0.0 "
 Dec  32.1  43.2  54.2  4.6 "  0.2 "

Season are generally mild in winter. We usually have one winter storm during which we all go home and wait it out! It's truly fun to live where snow falls so seldom that owning the equipment to manage it is not economical!

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Cost of Living for Lake Hartwell Country, SC

Lake Hartwell Country, South Carolina cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

From gated communities on pristine lakes to planned retirement centers with graduated care, it is all here!

Senior Assistance in Lake Hartwell Country, SC

Lake Hartwell Country, South Carolina offers the following assistance for seniors:

Home health nurses, Senior Centers, and Meals on Wheels are designed to allow Seniors to live in their own homes as long as possible. Assisted Living and Nursing Homes are also in the area.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

From Museums to Hospitals, Historic Organizations to Wildlife Rescue - volunteer opportunities abound!

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