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Mountains & Foothills of The Upcountry South Carolina

Mountains & Foothills

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Mountains & Foothills of The Upcountry South Carolina

Mountains & Foothills of Upcountry South Carolina

Looming majestically beyond the low soft hills of the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge escarpment thrills the soul of the mountain lover. The Cherokees called these heights "the Great Blue Hills of God." These lofty mountains have long drawn vacationers to enjoy hiking trails, rafting the whitewater of the Chattooga, and exploring history on Revolutionary War battlefields.

One of the ways to experience the area is by hitting the two-lane blacktop. The Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway (SC11) offers travelers a beautiful and relaxing drive through some of South Carolina’s most historic sights.

Cowpens reenactor

Along the way, you’ll find Cowpens National Battlefield which commemorates a decisive battle that helped turn the tide of war in the South.On this field on January 17, 1781, Daniel Morgan led his army of tough Continentals, militia, and cavalry to a brilliant victory over Banastre Tarleton's force of British regulars. A stop at this national park is a glimpse into an important moment in the history of our country.

The Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway has it all. This highway has history, culture, recreational opportunities and scenery, all of which are incomparable. However, on SC Highway 11, everything comes back to the natural features. They were the main attraction for early settlers at the time of the Revolution and continue to be the draw today. These natural features include miles of parkland trails, unique mountains and wonderful flora and fauna.