The small village of Mountain Rest is a gateway to the Sumter National Forest and the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The area is well known for outdoor activities with the Chattooga River providing rafting and great scenery.
Jump on a horse and join guided trail rides through the Appalachian foothills to explore forests, streams and grasslands. The Chattooga River offers excellent rafting opportunities, with different class rapids available in a mostly secluded and uncrowded stretch of water. Fishing and boating is also popular and there are hiking trails taking you off into forestland from the State Parks. You can even hike to see some fabulous waterfalls in the Sumter National Forest, with Big Bend Falls rewarding you after winding trails along the river.
Spring, summer and fall are lovely in this part of the state, with the hikes and horseback riding being particularly enjoyable.