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“Land Beside the Water” is an apt descriptor for Oconee County, SC land and farms, which have long been nourished by their proximity to waterways like the Savannah River and Lake Hartwell. Agribusiness thrives in Oconee County, combining tried-and-true methods with cutting edge technology: over 75 percent of Oconee County farms have internet access and 98 percent are family farms. Poultry farming is the biggest industry, but there’s plenty of diversity in Oconee County, SC land and farms: cattle and hog ranching are also mainstays, and you can’t travel far without stumbling into a flower nursery, apple orchard, or pumpkin patch. It doesn’t stop at agricultural education either: the Oconee County School District supports 16 accredited K-12 schools, as well as vocational education for teens and adults at the Hamilton Career and Technology Center and Oconee Adult Education. Future residents and business owners have their pick of estates of all sizes and price ranges, farmland, ranchland, timberland, riverfront and lakefront land, and clear and forested acreages.
There’s plenty of things to do around Oconee County, SC land and farms. The hills and waterways are home to local wonders like Devils Fork State Park on the edge of Lake Jocassee, which is well-known for its rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bream, and catfish. Four mountain streams bring water clear enough for scuba diving, making Oconee County a rare freshwater scuba destination. Gardeners and amateur botanists can look out for the rare Oconee Bell, a beautiful and very rare wildflower that lends its name to the annual Oconee BellFest spring festival. County residents can find beauty beyond nature, too: the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail guides visitors through the art and history of Southern Appalachian quilt-patterning, while the Blue Ridge Arts Center provides a place to showcase local arts and culture through rotating exhibits.
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