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Long Creek’s Chattooga Belle Farm is the pinnacle of berry picking

Of all the spots to pick berries near Lake Keowee, Chattooga Belle Farm might be the most distractible. Because finding what’s ripe for the picking amid Chattooga Belle’s seven acres of orchards will require lowering your gaze from some of the best views off the lake.

Chattooga Belle sits a cool 1,700 feet above sea level, and its orchards span a lush slope that offer spectacular 200-degree views of the Appalachian chain—on a clear day, from north Georgia to Brevard, NC. The Long Creek–based U-Pick kicks off its high season in June, beginning with raspberries, and followed in short order by blackberries and blueberries.

As the summer wears on, peaches, muscadines, scuppernongs, grapes, and finally apples will hang heavy from the trees and bushes of this historic orchard, owned, operated, and managed by Oconee County native Ed Land.

“Farming has always been a part of my family, just as it’s always been ingrained in most of America up until about fifty years ago,” Land explains. “Our idea here is to grow it, harvest it, pick it, produce it in the canning kitchen, take it to the store, and send it out the door. We have the whole product here.”

This twenty-first-century farm is also remarkably diverse: an 18-hole disc golf course, lakeside cabin (available for rental), and observatory deck for burgeoning astronomers are all part of its allure. Surrounded by Sumter National Forest, the 137-acre farmstead is just minutes removed from dozens of hiking trails, more than 20 waterfalls, and rafting on the Chattooga River among other outdoorsy exploits.

So, no need to pick and choose what to do if you’re looking for a day off the lake. Get out the map, and make plans to make a visit to Chattooga Belle – it’s a vacation from the everyday, bundled into one cool daytrip—baskets optional.

Chattooga Belle Farm
454 Damascus Church Rd
Long Creek, SC 29658
(864) 647-9768

Other Places to Pick Your Own Around Lake Keowee:

The Happy Berry – blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, muscadines, and more
510 Gap Hill Road
Six Mile, SC 29682
Phone: (864) 868-2946
Farm: (864) 350-9345

Hardy Berry Farm – strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries,
muscadines/scuppernogs, peaches

232 Strawberry Road,
Anderson, SC 29626
Phone: (864) 224-5441

Strawberry Hill USA – strawberries, peaches, blackberries, and local produce
 3097 Highway 11
West Chesnee, SC 29323
Phone: 864-461-7225

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A full-time Information Technology guru with Seneca-based NCEES, Steven Matthews is the founder and administrator of, a unique Web experience for potential Lake Keowee real estate buyers, premier real estate agents, and exceptional businesses in the Lake Keowee marketplace. A native of South Florida and an alumnus of Florida State University, Matthews has adopted the Upstate as his second hometown, and he's embraced Lake Keowee as his first and favorite place to recreate with his wife and two young boys. Although he enjoys photography and outdoor adventure of all stripes, Steven’s favorite way to enjoy the lake’s tranquility, wide-open spaces, and mountain views is from the seat of a Chaparral deck boat.

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