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.

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#1. Blue Ridge Mountains: Walhalla to Whitewater Falls


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 to stret…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Walhalla, SC - Scenic Drives - 75 miles
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#2. Winyah Bay and Santee River Delta: Georgetown to McClellanville


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 in the…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Georgetown, SC - Scenic Drives - 45 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Sassafras Mountain - South Carolina Highpoint


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.…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Sunset, SC - Scenic Drives
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#4. Waccamaw Neck: Murrells Inlet to Pawleys Island


This 20-mile coastal drive begins in the restaurant-laden fishing village of Murrells Inlet and takes travelers to exquisite Brookgreen Gardens, salty Huntington Beach State Park, and the Waccamaw Riv…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Pawleys Island, SC - Scenic Drives - 20 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Historic Charleston: Daniel Island to James Island


This fascinating and diverse drive in metropolitan Charleston takes visitors across major waterways, through stunning saltwater marshlands, along inviting beaches, and past numerous beautiful homes, g…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Charleston, SC - Scenic Drives
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#6. Lower Savannah River Valley: Estill to Hilton Head Island


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 remote co…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Estill, SC - Scenic Drives - 97 miles
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#7. Francis Marion National Forest: Awendaw to Biggin Church Ruins


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 of Sout…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Awendaw, SC - Scenic Drives - 48 miles
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#8. Congaree Basin and Lake Marion: Hopkins to Santee State Park


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, Con…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Hopkins, SC - Scenic Drives - 65 miles
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#9. Historic Beaufort and Sea Islands: Beaufort to Hunting Island State Park


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, through t…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Beaufort, SC - Scenic Drives - 30 miles
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#10. Edisto and Ashley Rivers: Charleston Plantations to Francis Beidler Forest


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 state…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Drayton, SC - Scenic Drives - 70 miles
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#11. Lake Moultrie Loop: Pinopolis to Diversion Canal


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 Fox…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Pinopolis, SC - Scenic Drives - 70 miles
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#12. ACE Basin: Walterboro to Old Sheldon Church


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 unspoiled…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Walterboro, SC - Scenic Drives
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#13. Cotton and Sand Hills: Woods Bay to Cheraw


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 Great Pee…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Lynchburg, SC - Scenic Drives - 115 miles
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#14. Tobacco Road: Williamsburg County


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 several t…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Kingstree, SC - Scenic Drives - 95 miles
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#15. Wateree Basin: Wateree River to Santee National Wildlife Refuge


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 River,…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Camden, SC - Scenic Drives - 95 miles
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#16. Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway: Lake Hartwell to Cowpens


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 Blue Ridg…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Walhalla, SC - Scenic Drives - 110 miles
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#17. Upper Savannah River Valley: Lakes Hartwell, Russell, and Thurmond


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 Valley a…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Starr, SC - Scenic Drives - 110 miles
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#18. Mountain Bridge Natural Area: Jones Gap to Keowee-Toxaway


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 escarpment…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Pickens, SC - Scenic Drives - 80 miles
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#19. Midlands Forest and Rivers: Newberry Loop


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: Little…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Newberry, SC - Scenic Drives - 110 miles
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#20. Thoroughbred Country: Aiken to Barnwell


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 in c…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving South Carolina"
Aiken, SC - Scenic Drives - 75 miles
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