Residents can choose from a diverse list of outdoor recreation opportunities within the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, or fishing and boating in the nearby lakes. Lake Keowee is popular for camping and water play, while Hartwell is the largest and most popular lake for residents. The populace can also check out two accessible waterfalls. Table Rock State Park and Mile Creek County Park are popular destinations for camping, hiking, swimming and picnicking, while residents can kayak and raft in the white-water rivers along the Georgia-South Carolina border. For indoor fun, residents can visit the Pickens County Museum, which houses art and local history exhibits or Clemson University's Bob Campbell Geology Museum, which contains a mineral collection of over 5,000 specimens and fossils. In addition, Easley has a world class baseball complex, which has hosted the Big League World Series in recent years. The active can swing irons at the Smithfields Country Club, or the other four golf courses open to the public, visit the South Carolina Botanical Garden, or cheer for the Tigers at a Clemson football game.
Easley is served by the School District of Pickens County. The School District is one of the top rated school systems and was recently ranked #1 in the state for ACT scores and average SAT scores. Forest Acres and Hunt Meadows Elementary School, Gettys and Wren Middle School and Easley High are just some of the public schools in Easley. Higher education is provided by Clemson University, Southern Wesleyan University, Furman University and Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, to name a few.
Manufacturing is the largest segment of the local economy in Easley. Additional industries contributing to the city’s job market include education, health, and social services. There are about 150 manufacturing facilities in Pickens County. The world's leading Kayak manufacturer, Confluence, is located in Easley. Many residents commute to both Greenville and Clemson for work.