HIDDEN TREASURES #2 – South Carolina

Welcome to part two in our exploration of the most amazing places in the Central and Southern Appalachian Mountains — this time exploring some of our most fabulous Public Lands.

Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway

Photo by Nicholas T.

One way to start your exploration of the little-known mountains in South Carolina is by driving along S.C. Highway 11, also known as the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway. Curving through what is called Upstate South Carolina, the highway winds along the southernmost edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains past an interesting blend of Civil War history, scenic vistas and quaint mountain towns. The 112-mile byway — listed by motorcycleroads.com as “[one] of the best motorcycle roads east of the Mississippi” — follows what was once a trade route used by the Cherokee Indians and European fur traders.

The route provides proximity to six state parks, dozens of waterfalls, three Civil War battlefields, and some excellent whitewater boating opportunities. Notable spots include Caesar’s Head State Park and Table Rock State Park. — JG

More Info: Northern terminus starts off I-85 in Gaffney, S.C. Visit: scenic11.com


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  1. Mark on June 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I have to absolutely agree that Hwy 11 is one of the prettiest drives. When I first moved to SC I would take 11 every chance I got, even if it meant it would take longer. It is that pretty. And there are plenty of great places to stop along the way to eat, shop or just enjoy nature. Highly recommend!

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