From waterfalls and lakes to history and crafts, the Upcountry's counties are rich in culture, heritage and natural resources.
Anderson County is home to numerous historic and charming cities. Belton boasts the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, while Iva is the only Upcountry town named after a woman. Most notable, perhaps, is the town of Pendleton, one of the most-visited places in America. The Pendleton Historic District, one of the largest historic districts in the country, features more than 40 points of interest as well as many antique, art and gift shops. Also located in Anderson County is Lake Hartwell, one of the Southeast's largest and most-popular public recreation lakes. With nearly 1,000 miles of shoreline, Hartwell is the destination of choice for both sportsmen and water enthusiasts.
The county lies just along I-85 in the southern portion of upstate South Carolina, equidistant to Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC. Despite its cosmopolitan neighbors, Anderson County retains the benefits of smaller-town living with friendly people and less traffic than nearby metro cities. Blending the old and new, the county seat of Anderson has revitalized its downtown with new facades, cobblestone areas, fountains, and green spaces. This revitalization complements the stately historic courthouse and the modern new courthouse facing each other on Main Street. Companies throughout the county recruit employees who have received specialized training from area schools, including nearby Tri-County Technical College and Clemson University. From a temperate Southern climate and Lake Hartwell to leading universities and a variety of arts programs, greater Anderson County offers an unmatched combination of quality of life features.