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5 Things To Do In Lancaster County

5 Things To Do In Lancaster County

With a rich arts community, South Carolina’s Lancaster County is home to many galleries and murals. Grab a coffee or pastry from Daily Grind Coffee Bar before strolling The Lindsay Pettus Greenway, which intersects nature and public art. Or discover one of the largest granite flat rocks east of the Mississippi at Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve. And history buffs will not want to miss Andrew Jackson State Park.

To help you plan your visit, we created a list of five things to do in Lancaster County.

1. Get a History Lesson at Andrew Jackson State Park 

Calling all history buffs: you won’t want to miss this South Carolina state park. Created as a memorial to the seventh president of the United States, the park features an Andrew Jackson Museum that details his boyhood in the South Carolina backcountry in the 18th century. 

But the park isn’t just for history enthusiasts. It also features an 18th-century replica schoolhouse, picnic facilities, a fishing lake, campsites and nature trails. Self-guided tours of the park museum and schoolhouse are available during the hours when these facilities are open. 

5 Things To Do In Lancaster County
Andrew Jackson State Park

2. Admire Creative Works 

Lancaster’s rich arts scene shines through its many murals. On the corner of West Arch and South Main Streets in Downtown Lancaster is the Forward Together mural. It was painted by Ralph Waldrop in the 1970s and later restored by Russ Petty. In 2019, See Yourself in Lancaster was also painted by Russ Petty and volunteers of the community. Several others were painted or restored, bringing even more color to Lancaster’s downtown streets. 

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studios and Garden, also downtown, is home to an internationally renowned artist. Stop by his working studio, outdoor botanical and sculpture garden and art gallery, which features the works of many distinguished artists. Or head to the Native American Studies Center to see an impressive collection of Catawba Indian pottery.

Just a few minutes from downtown, enjoy two miles of nature along the Lindsay Pettus Greenway. Dotted with public art, the Greenway is a hard-surface recreational trail along Gills Creek that connects visitors to the local identity of Lancaster County, highlights native flora and fauna and offers a creative experience of art and environment. 

5 Things To Do In Lancaster County
Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studios and Garden

3. Experience the County’s Agriculture Scene

Grab a cold one at this relaxing watering hole in Lancaster. Benford Brewing, a locally owned and operated agricultural craft brewery, is a local favorite. The beers are brewed in 30-barrel batches on a small farm and tastings and tours are also offered regularly.

After a cold one, head to The Ivy Place Berry Farm in Van Wyck to pick your own produce. During the spring and summer, the farm offers u-pick strawberries, flower bouquets, blueberries, blackberries, heirloom tomatoes and various vegetables.

5 Things To Do In Lancaster County
The Ivy Place Berry Farm

4. Explore Downtown Lancaster

Explore the small-town charms of downtown Lancaster. Punky’s On Main and 521 BBQ & Grill are both great spots to grab lunch. Or, if you are looking for something lighter, sit a spell at Daily Grind Coffee Bar. This local coffee shop has a variety of beverages—cold and hot—along with pastries and other sweet treats.

Once you are fueled by delicious food and coffee, shop around the downtown streets for unique items. Antique lovers will enjoy perusing the aisles of The Shops on Main. This multi-vendor mall carries a variety of antiques, oddities, hand-crafted furniture, local artists’ works, home decor and more. 

5 Things To Do In Lancaster County
Daily Grind Coffee Bar

5. Vist Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve is a must-see in Lancaster County. Here you will walk across one of the largest granite flat rocks east of the Mississippi. The preserve features more than 2,200 acres of the most diverse protected area in the Piedmont region, including granitic flat rocks, waterslides, waterfalls, a beaver pond, caves and hardwood and pine forests. Depending on when you visit, you may also see various flora and fauna.

5 Things To Do In Lancaster County
Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve