Hi Chris, welcome. We live nearby in NC mountains but sail out of the Pamlico Sound.
Scott's post. s/vPainkiller, is good info. Those lake clubs are usually all about bringing friendly young sailors into their low-key races.
Years ago we used to love to go to Lake Jocassee with our trailerable sailboat. I highly recommend you find a way to do that while you're in the area. It is a beautiful lake down in the piedmont, fed by some NC mountain streams. You launch at DEvils Fork State Park in the red clay and pines, and cross the lake to the headwaters of the Toxaway, Whitewater, and my favorite - the Horsepasture River, and a couple more. That river has stunning waterfalls. There are lots in this area where it drops off the escarpment. Climbing up the horsepasture gorge is great adventure, but does involve some serious bushwhacking and some technical climbing. Overall it's upstate SC cruising at its finest.
There are a few campsites directly across from the boat ramp
, but they get hit hard by crowds through the season, and I've always thought they were a little beat up and crappy. Just high impact really. Having a little trailerable cruiser allows you to tuck back up in those headwaters, which is protected, whereas the campsites are exposed some. If you can't get out there sailing, you can take a canoe or sea kayak
and use one of the camp grounds.
Like Scott says though, most of your sailing activity and clubs are on Hartwell and Keowee.
Best of luck-