Laurens County is brimming with opportunities for recreation. With rivers, lakes, hiking trails, golf courses, hunting areas and more, there is never a shortage of activities to be enjoyed. Well-maintained park sites dot the map of Laurens County, offering a combination of baseball/softball fields, playground equipment, walking tracks and nature trails, picnic areas, swimming pools and basketball and tennis courts.
The area also features a host of private and public lakes, including Lake Greenwood, with more than 200 miles of shoreline, and Lake Rabon, as well as the Enoree and Saluda rivers, which provide excellent fishing and boating. Great whitewater rafting and kayaking are available at the Tumbling Shoals section of the Reedy River.
The Ridge at Laurens, which opened in 2016, is a state-of-the-art multipurpose community and recreation center. The new civic center is be able to accommodate sporting events and tournaments, weddings and receptions, parties and community meetings.
Nearby Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Hilton Head Island make ideal weekend getaways. Laurens County is also a short drive away from the Great Smoky National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains, with skiing at such mountain resorts as Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain and Ober Gatlinburg.
Hunters utilize private and leased lands in the county, as well as in Sumter National Forest. Skeet shooting and turkey, deer, quail and other hunting packages, as well as lodging and meeting facilities are available at Harris Springs sportsman’s Preserve between Cross Hill and Waterloo. The Clinton House Plantation, located just north of Clinton, offers bird and duck hunting, deer and turkey hunts, corporate meetings and conference facilities.
Musgrove Mill’s peaceful setting in the Piedmont woods stands in sharp contrast to the bloody Battle of Musgrove Mill that took place there on Aug.19, 1780. The Revolutionary War historic sites at Musgrove Mill interpret and protect the location of the Battle of Musgrove Mill. The battle, in which the vastly outnumbered Patriot militia outlasted the Loyalists in a surprising victory, is detailed through interpretive signage in the visitor center and along 2½ miles of nature trails. There are also beautiful areas for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, geocaching and picnicking.
Golfers revel in the selection of beautiful, challenging courses in this South Carolina region. In fact, there are more than 50 golf courses in the Upstate, all of which are within a short drive of Laurens County. Locally, Laurens County has two private 18-hole golf courses:
- Musgrove Mill, an Arnold Palmer World Class Championship Course that was chosen as one of the top modern courses in the U.S. by Golf week magazine
- Lakeside Country Club, which also has a new swimming pool
In addition, Augusta, home of the Masters, is only a couple of hours down the road. Tennis courts are available at several locations in Laurens County. The options for recreation don’t end there. Three YMCAs are accessible, and each coordinates adult and youth recreational leagues in the county. RVing is popular at the Cane Creek Motorcoach Resort, Moon’s Landing and Mansfield Park along Lake Greenwood, as well as Magnolia RV Park and Campground in Joanna.
Auto racing is at its best at the Laurens Speedway, which offers auto racing from April through September. A race track is also available in Gray Court. Darlington International Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway are easy drives from Laurens County, as well.
Baseball, softball, football, basketball, soccer, golf and tennis are available through local high schools and Presbyterian College. The college also offers lacrosse. Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conference sports are within a one-hour drive at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. Greenville, less than an hour’s drive from Laurens County, offers minor league hockey and baseball. Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta offer professional sporting events.