Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway

The Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC Hwy 11) has designated as Region 1 of the South Carolina Heritage Corridor for much of its length and has been featured by National Geographic Traveler, Rand McNalley, Southern Living and several other national travel publications. This 115 mile scenic highway is a great alternate to Interstate 85 through South Carolina. Whether you drive straight through or take your time and take the side trips, you are sure to enjoy your trip along South Carolina Scenic 11.

Mi. 0.0 START at  I-85 South Carolina Exit1 near the Georgia - South Carolina border.

Mi. 0.6 Lake Hartwell State Park: 960 miles of shoreline surround 56,000 acres of some of the best boating, water-skiing and fishing in the South. A moderate one mile nature trail leads through the park and along the shoreline. 864-972-3352

Mi. 4.2 Mountain Lakes Vacation Rentals and The Curiosity Shoppes: Before you start your drive, stop and pick up some peach cider and a souvenir or two of your trip. We also stock a complete line of: lake maps, topographic maps, trail & waterfall guides, and other books of the area. Many of   these are available for you to order over the web. We also have over 80 vacation rental homes available on Lake Hartwell.  Open 10-5 Mon-Sat.   864-972-0463

Mi. 9.5 SC 24 - SIDE TRIP: Westminster, SC: Historic districts and site of the SC Apple Festival.
England's General Merchandise Museum (103 W Main) houses more than 2000 items including; antique toys, clothes, glassware, crockery, medical equipment, photos, and documents.  Mon-Sat 9-12   free   864-647-5316

Mi. 19.1 SC 28 - SIDE TRIP: Walhalla, SC was founded in 1850 by a German colonization society and is now home to Oktoberfest the 3rd week end of October. Main street features a row of antique and specialty shops, down home dining, and historic buildings. Try the Steak-House for lunch. Martha's on Main has good hamburgers and free Bluegrass music Tuesday nights 5-7. The Foothills Antique Market is on your right as you exit Hwy11

Mi. 23.3 SC 183 - SIDE TRIP: World of Energy. Duke Powers nuclear power plant and education center has an audiovisual tour with animated displays, computer games and a 1/4 mile nature trail along the Lake Keowee shoreline. Spring wildflowers. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat & Sun 12-5 free 864-885-4600.

Mi. 25.2 SIDE TRIP: Oconee Station (c1792) was one in a series of block houses along the South Carolina frontier and was garrisoned with troops until 1799. The adjacent Richards House was the site of a prosperous Indian trading post until 1809. Park open March-Dec; Building tours Sat & Sun 1-5 free 864-638-0079
Station Cove Falls: Trail head about 1/4 mile past State Park entrance. Easy to moderate 2 mile trail around a small pond and through pine woodlands to Station Cove Falls. Especially pretty in spring with wild flowers in bloom.

Mi. 31.9 SC 130 - SIDE TRIP: Whitewater Falls descends over 6 sets of cascades and at 411 feet is the highest series of falls east of the Mississippi.
Lower Whitewater Falls Trail: From Hwy 11 take 130 north for 9 miles to Duke Power's Bad Creek Hydro Station. Follow gravel road to parking area for Foothills Trail. Take access trail 1.7 miles to overlook.
Upper Whitewater Falls: Go 1 mile past the Bad Creek Turn Off to a parking area and short paved trail to the falls.

Mi. 33.9 SIDE TRIP: Jocassee Gorges & Devils Fork State Park: Camping, swimming, boat ramps, trails
Oconee Bell Trail: A one mile loop featuring the Oconee Bell flower which only grows in this area (Late April).
Bear Cove Trail: A 3 mile loop features scenic views of Lake Jocassee
Lake Jocassee has been described as the most beautiful lake in the southeast. The over 20 waterfalls that flow directly into this 7500 acre lake are best viewed by boat. Hoytes grocery offers tours and rental pontoon boats. 864-944-9016

Mi. 36.4 Lake Keowee  Built by Duke Power to generate hydroelectric power, 18,500 acres of water and 300 mile shoreline make this a popular place for boating, fishing, water-skiing, camping, and picnicking.

Mi. 38.0 SC 133 - Keowee Toxaway State Park: An interpretive center, museum, and boardwalk with artifacts and historical exhibits commemorate the Cherokee to whom this land once belonged. Open daily 864-868-2605

Mi. 40.1 Roadside Shoals. Park in the dirt parking area on the east side of the road and  follow one of the trails to the stream. Several nice shoals and small falls here.

Mi. 46.4 US 178 - SIDE TRIP: Twin Falls & Sassafras Mountain
Twin Falls: Follow 178 north for 3.2 miles, turn left onto Cleo Chapman Road at "Bob's Place", drive 1.9 miles to Eastatoe Community Road, turn right and go 0.9 mi. to dirt road on right. Follow road over Eastatoe Creek and left towards woods. At woods, turn right and drive to steel gate. Park and take easy 10 minute walk to falls.
Sassafras Mountain. Follow 178 north to SC 199. At 3554 feet this is the highest point in South Carolina. From the summit you can see four states (NC, SC, GA, TN)

Mi. 50.6 Table Rock State Park: Table Rock mountain tops 3124 feet. Trails, restaurant, cabins, fishing/boating on Pinnacle Lake   864-878-9813

Mi. 52.4 Aunt Sues Country Corner: Ice cream parlor, deli, and a unique village of Country Specialty Shops. Seasonal hours (Closed Mondays) 864-878-4366

Mi. 57.1 US 276 - SIDE TRIP: Caesars Head State Park: Great views, picnic area, trails.
Raven Cliff Falls Trail: Follow 276 one mile north of Caesars Head to the parking lot. A 2 mile trail leads to the falls.
Pretty Place (Symmes Chapel at Camp Greenville): 5 miles off US 276. This inspirational outdoor chapel at the YMCA camp offers breathtaking views of Standing Stone Mountain. Closed during weddings. 864-836-3291

Mi. 57.6 Waterfall on North Side of Highway

Mi. 61.0 SIDE TRIP: Jones Gap State Park

Mi. 64.8 Pleasant Ridge County Park: Small lake, picnic area, playgrounds, cabins, nature trail, swimming, fishing.

Mi. 66.9 US 25 - SIDE TRIP: Poinsett Bridge: Take 25 North 1/2 mile to Old 25. Exit right toward Saluda, go 3.1 miles and bear turn right onto Callahan Mt. Rd. Bridge is 2.2 miles on the left just before Camp Old Indian. Built in 1820, this is the oldest stone bridge in SC.


Mi. 80.6 SC 14 - SIDE TRIP: Campbell's Covered Bridge was built in 1909 and is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina. Take SC 14 south 2.2 miles to 414. Turn right 1.1 mile, then left on Pleasant Hill Road 0.4 mile. Right on Campbell's Bridge road 1/4 mile to bridge.

Mi. 88.0 INTERSTATE 26

Mi. 97.8 COOLEY SPRINGS: Peach Orchard & Strawberry Farm

Mi.103 Carolina Foothills Artisan Center. Over 100 artists of the upstate in all media. Regular hours: 10-5:30 Monday - Saturday, or by appointment  864-461-3050

Mi. 106.1 Cowpens National Battlefield: Interpretive facilities, visitor center with exhibits, tour road and a walking trail through the battlefield. Open daily 9-5 Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.   Special events Jan 17th and July 4th 864-461-2828

Mi. 115.4 I-85 Exit #92 GAFFNEY:
The Peachoid: Follow Frontage Road South to the Peachoid Park
Possum Trot School: On Frontage Road 1/2 mile south of the Peachoid. This restored one room schoolhouse was built in 1880 and is enclosed by a chestnut split rail fence. 864-489-5203
Cherokee County Veterans Museum houses artifacts from both World Wars, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, The Civil War and the Revolutionary War    Sat 10-Noon, Sun 2-4 864-489-4404

To return to the starting point, take Interstate 85 South through Greenville.
From here to SC Exit 1 is 91 miles

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