Best Scenic Drives in South Carolina

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in South Carolina. Use this list to plan your next South Carolina scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Blue Ridge Mountains: Walhalla to Whitewater Falls

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    Walhalla, SC

    A spectacular 75-mile drive through forests, around and over mountains, and across rivers and gorges, offering majestic vistas and cool, idyllic resting spots. There are several opportunities ...
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    A spectacular 75-mile drive through forests, around and over mountains, and across rivers and gorges, offering majestic vistas ...

  • #2 Winyah Bay and Santee River Delta: Georgetown to McClellanville

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    Georgetown, SC

    Beginning in the heart of historic Georgetown, this 45-mile tour takes visitors through plantation-dotted coastal marshland and the northern edge of Francis Marion National Forest before ending ...
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    Beginning in the heart of historic Georgetown, this 45-mile tour takes visitors through plantation-dotted coastal marshland ...

  • #3 Sassafras Mountain - South Carolina Highpoint

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    Sunset, SC

    Highpoint rank by height: 29th. Here's another state that hasn't done much to mark its highest point. However, the region is attractive in its natural state.
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    Highpoint rank by height: 29th. Here's another state that hasn't done much to mark its highest point. However, the region ...

  • #4 Historic Charleston: Daniel Island to James Island

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    Charleston, SC

    This fascinating and diverse drive in metropolitan Charleston takes visitors across major waterways, through stunning saltwater marshlands, along inviting beaches, and past numerous beautiful ...
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    This fascinating and diverse drive in metropolitan Charleston takes visitors across major waterways, through stunning saltwater ...

  • #5 Francis Marion National Forest: Awendaw to Biggin Church Ruins

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    Awendaw, SC

    A 48-mile cruise in the Coastal Plain through nature, history, and rural culture, past beautiful forests, marshlands, and streams, punctuated with historic sites and sprinkled with flavor buds ...
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    A 48-mile cruise in the Coastal Plain through nature, history, and rural culture, past beautiful forests, marshlands, and ...

  • #6 Lower Savannah River Valley: Estill to Hilton Head Island

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    Estill, SC

    Beginning in the rural town of Estill and ending at the edge of the popular seaside resort of Hilton Head Island, this 97-mile drive in the Lower Savannah River Valley takes visitors through ...
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    Beginning in the rural town of Estill and ending at the edge of the popular seaside resort of Hilton Head Island, this 97-mile ...

  • #7 Congaree Basin and Lake Marion: Hopkins to Santee State Park

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    Hopkins, SC

    This is a pretty 65-mile countryside ride to scenic natural areas and remote villages in South Carolina’s upper coastal plain. Special Attractions: Congaree Swamp National Monument, Cedar Creek, ...
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    This is a pretty 65-mile countryside ride to scenic natural areas and remote villages in South Carolina’s upper coastal plain. ...

  • #8 Historic Beaufort and Sea Islands: Beaufort to Hunting Island State Park

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    Beaufort, SC

    This 30-mile trip begins in the historic, picturesque waterfront town of Beaufort and carries sightseers across salt marshes, creeks, and the Beaufort River to the quaint town of Port Royal, ...
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    This 30-mile trip begins in the historic, picturesque waterfront town of Beaufort and carries sightseers across salt marshes, ...

  • #9 Edisto and Ashley Rivers: Charleston Plantations to Francis Beidler Forest

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    Drayton, SC

    Beginning on the west side of Charleston, this 70-mile drive passes Drayton Hall, Middleton Place, and Magnolia Plantations on the Ashley River, then travels through isolated rural areas to two ...
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    Beginning on the west side of Charleston, this 70-mile drive passes Drayton Hall, Middleton Place, and Magnolia Plantations ...

  • #10 Lake Moultrie Loop: Pinopolis to Diversion Canal

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    Pinopolis, SC

    A 70-mile trip around the edges of Lake Moultrie, full of canals, history, and natural beauty. Special Attractions: Pinopolis, Old Santee Canal Park, Tail Race Canal, Francis Marion Forest, Swamp ...
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    A 70-mile trip around the edges of Lake Moultrie, full of canals, history, and natural beauty. Special Attractions: Pinopolis, ...

  • #11 ACE Basin: Walterboro to Old Sheldon Church

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    Walterboro, SC

    This trip begins in the historic, charming, well-preserved town of Walterboro, then takes you through the watershed of the enchanting Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers, one of the largest ...
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    This trip begins in the historic, charming, well-preserved town of Walterboro, then takes you through the watershed of the ...

  • #12 Cotton and Sand Hills: Woods Bay to Cheraw

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    Lynchburg, SC

    A 115-mile jaunt through cotton fields, peach orchards, and forested sand hills, beginning at a boggy “Carolina bay” and ending in the pretty and historic town of Cheraw, on the banks of the ...
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    A 115-mile jaunt through cotton fields, peach orchards, and forested sand hills, beginning at a boggy “Carolina bay” and ...

  • #13 Wateree Basin: Wateree River to Santee National Wildlife Refuge

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    Camden, SC

    This 95-mile drive through rural Coastal Plain South Carolina is a delightful blend of nature, history, agriculture, and southern culture in its most basic sense. Special Attractions: Wateree ...
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    This 95-mile drive through rural Coastal Plain South Carolina is a delightful blend of nature, history, agriculture, and ...

  • #14 Tobacco Road: Williamsburg County

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    Kingstree, SC

    Visitors enjoy a 95-mile loop in the heart of South Carolina’s coastal plain farm country, starting in live-oak-laden Kingstree beside the enchanting Black River, and crisscrossing the river ...
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    Visitors enjoy a 95-mile loop in the heart of South Carolina’s coastal plain farm country, starting in live-oak-laden Kingstree ...

  • #15 Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway: Lake Hartwell to Cowpens

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    Walhalla, SC

    Passing by state parks, fruit orchards, and small villages, the 110-mile Cherokee Scenic Highway (SC 11) follows an ancient Cherokee pathway in the looming shadow of the southern edge of the ...
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    Passing by state parks, fruit orchards, and small villages, the 110-mile Cherokee Scenic Highway (SC 11) follows an ancient ...

  • #16 Upper Savannah River Valley: Lakes Hartwell, Russell, and Thurmond

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    Starr, SC

    Beginning on Lake Hartwell, this 110-mile drive past farmland, rural towns, lakes, and forests along the Savannah River National Scenic Highway takes visitors through the Upper Savannah River ...
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    Beginning on Lake Hartwell, this 110-mile drive past farmland, rural towns, lakes, and forests along the Savannah River National ...

  • #17 Mountain Bridge Natural Area: Jones Gap to Keowee-Toxaway

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    Pickens, SC

    This 80-mile drive takes travelers through the Mountain Bridge Natural Area and up and down the Blue Ridge escarpment. A long precipice at the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the ...
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    This 80-mile drive takes travelers through the Mountain Bridge Natural Area and up and down the Blue Ridge escarpment. A ...

  • #18 Midlands Forest and Rivers: Newberry Loop

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    Newberry, SC

    A 110-mile loop drive highlighted by charming little towns, delightful old churches, and the rivers and woodlands of the Enoree/Tyger District of Sumter National Forest. Special Attractions: ...
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    A 110-mile loop drive highlighted by charming little towns, delightful old churches, and the rivers and woodlands of the ...

  • #19 Thoroughbred Country: Aiken to Barnwell

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    Aiken, SC

    Begin in elegant Aiken and travel 75 miles through horse pasture countryside, past the dark waters of the South Edisto River, and into old railroad towns that time has passed by, before finishing ...
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    Begin in elegant Aiken and travel 75 miles through horse pasture countryside, past the dark waters of the South Edisto River, ...

  • #20 Long Cane Forest and the Eighteenth-Century Frontier: Parson's Mountain to Lick Fork Lake

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    Abbeville, SC

    This 82-mile drive through the Long Cane District of Sumter National Forest includes Parson’s Mountain and Lick Fork Lake Recreation Areas, the Revolutionary War–era Ninety Six National Historic ...
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    This 82-mile drive through the Long Cane District of Sumter National Forest includes Parson’s Mountain and Lick Fork Lake ...