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Easley and Pickens County have a lot of history, activities and things to discover all over the area. The Pickens County Museum, located in Pickens, the County Seat; houses art and local history exhibits in a 1902 Victorian Jail, which resembles a castle. The Hagood – Mauldin House is a classical Greek revival house featuring 17th and 18th century art and furnishings is also located in Pickens. For those interested in nature the South Carolina Botanical Gardens, located in Clemson, features 295 acres of 2,200 different varieties of ornamental plants. The Clemson University’s Bob Campbell Geology Museum contains a mineral collection of over 5,000 specimens, fossils and more.

If performing arts is more your cup of tea the Foothills Playhouse located right here in Easley seats 240, while presenting six shows a year. In Clemson the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts merges professional with educational programs to allow not only Clemson University students but area residents a chance to attend first class performing art. The Peace center in Greenville, just 12 short miles from Easley, features well-known national performers and is home to the Greenville Symphony. Furman University in Greenville invites upstate residents to enjoy a full spectrum of music on its beautiful campus through the School of Music.

Like most towns, Easley has festivals and events throughout the year, many in the flourishing downtown area. Downtown Easley has been designated as a tax increment-financing district, allowing funds to go to streetscape improvements, off-street parking and infrastructure upgrades. So what is spent downtown goes right back into it, creating an area that residents and visitors want to stay in. A loft condominium in an old high school building is filling up downtown, while new or remodeled restaurants and shops are opening.

If outdoor recreation and sports suits you more, Easley is full of opportunities. From magnificent lakes, the Blue Ridge Mountains and temperate weather, there are so many outlets for outdoor recreation in Easley and Pickens County. Pickens County is home to Sassafras Mountain, the states highest point at 3.548 feet while three lakes, Hartwell, Keowee and Jocassee, line the western edge of the county, known as the crown jewels of the upstate area.

At the north is Lake Jocassee, the deepest and with mountains ringing the northern end. Lake Keowee has 300 mile of shoreline and is most popular for boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming, camping, and picnicking. The largest, Lake Hartwell, covers 962 miles of shoreline and is the most popular recreation lake operated by the U.S. Crops of Engineers.

Table Rock State Park and Mile Creek County Park, along the Georgia-South Carolina border, are popular destinations for camping, swimming and hiking. Kayaking is also popular here due to the close proximity to the whitewater rivers.

For the sports enthusiast Easley is home to a word class baseball complex in the J.B. “Red” Owens Recreation Complex, which has hosted the Big League World Series for several years. There are also four public golf courses in Pickens County, while Smithfields County Club is located in Easley. In nearby Greenville bicycle racing has become popular and several bike trails are located within the county. Clemson University is home to Tigers football and many other major college sports, taking place in Clemson Memorial Stadium which holds over 80,000 fans.

There is so much to do in the Easley area that everyone will find some fun in any activity.

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