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As you cross the border into South Carolina, both individuals and groups are welcome to stop at the South Carolina Welcome Center for maps, brochures, refreshments and restrooms.

  • Exit 90: Carowinds Blvd. – Paramount’s Carowinds amusement and Water Park - The park features live shows, band concerts, and a newly renovated upscale campground, Paramount's Camp Wilderness Resort. NarroWay Productions – the Carolinas’ Broadway of Christian Entertainment features interactive mystery theatre, holiday spectaculars and passionate biblical productions. Lodging, dining and great shopping at Crossroads Mall.
  • Exit 88: Gold Hill Road/Tega Cay – “Take me out to the ballgame…” Knights Baseball Stadium, home of the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Great golf at Regent Park, Springdale and Tega Cay Golf Courses. Unique dining at Captain Steve’s Seafood and Fish Bone Grill.
  • Exit 85: Fort Mill - Anne Springs Close Greenway - This 2,300 acres of oak-hickory dogwood forests, shimmering lakes and rolling pastures, is rich in both natural and cultural resources; over 190 species of wildflowers, and a 28-acre Lake Haigler. The Peach Stand, known for quality strawberries, peaches, and other fruits and vegetables. Also has a restaurant, homemade ice cream and more. Baxter Village - upscale shops and restaurants. (lodging, dining and beautiful Fort Mill Golf Course).
  • Exit 82C: Rock Hill – At the Museum of York County, you will find a fabulous collection of more than 200 fully mounted African animals, displays of tribal dress and artifacts, changing art and history galleries, Settlemyre Planetarium, nature trail, and a museum store. Lodging and dining.

    York (13 mi.) – This revitalized downtown bustles with activity day and night (live bands at the Cotton Gin Tavern). Stroll through the Artists’ Walk and catch a movie at the historic (c. 1904) Sylvia Theater. For a real treat in winter, hot apple cider and wassail from Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill. A must-see is McCelvey Center, a 1920s former women’s academy which features an annual Showcase Series, boasting national, local and international talent and the Historical Center of York County. Kings Mountain State and Military Parks (32 mi.), guests can also re-live the life styles of early pioneers by visiting the Living History Farm. 

    Sharon (20 mi.) – A close knit town, Sharon takes pride in it’s Museum of Western York County.
  • Exit 82B/A: Rock Hill-Cherry Road – Glencairn Gardens, offers an opportunity for nature watching and contemplation amid the fragrant honeysuckle, wisteria, dianthus, shrubs, and magnificent trees. Catawba Bingo, high stakes bingo parlor operated by the Catawba Indian Nation. Historic Brattonsville (13 mi.), one of the largest restoration and living history sites. Revolutionary War battlefield site features 29 historic structures, on-going programs, and hiking/biking trails.
  • Exit 79: Dave Lyle Blvd/Downtown – Free admission to place a call on a telephone used at the turn of the 19th century and operate a 1940’s switchboard at the Rock Hill Telephone Company Museum. The Catawba Cultural Center offers exhibits and a craft store that features the Catawba Indian Nation’s distinctive Catawba pottery. Visitors to The Gateway garden are greeted by four 13-ft statues (civitas, meaning four visions) and two 60-ft historic Egyptian columns. Lots of lodging, shopping and restaurants available in the Galleria Mall and Manchester Village areas.
  • Exit 77: Lancaster (24 mi.) – Andrew Jackson State Park, honoring the 7th US president with a museum that chronicles Jackson’s life from 1767-1784. City of Light is a beautiful campus featuring the Inspiration Chapel, and the Inspiration Café and Book Center. Sun City Carolina Lakes, another Sun City resort-style community. Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio and Gardens - Internationally renowned artist invites visitors to his working studio, outdoor botanical and sculpture garden and art gallery, featuring the works of many distinguished artists. 40-Acre Rock, one of the largest granite flat rocks east of the Mississippi. Bermuda High Soaring School - Leave your cares behind at Bermuda High Soaring. Carolina Motorsports Park, a 2.35 mile road racing course used for motorcycle and car club events. The Lancaster & Chester Railway Museum collection consists of hundreds of rare photos of South Carolina railway history and several displays of railway memorabilia. Restaurants, lodging, history (including historic B&B inns) and outlet shopping.
  • Exit 65: Richburg - Landsford Canal State Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes historic ruins of canal-culverts, stone bridges, locks, an historic mill site and a lockkeeper’s house. The rocky shoals on the Catawba River are home to one of the world’s largest populations of rocky shoals spider lilies. Lily Festival is held each year during peak bloom time (May-June). Interior Resolutions -- famous brand fabrics and trims. Lodging and restaurants, including the Front Porch. Chester (14 mi.) – Built on a hill, Historic Downtown Chester offers a unique blend of architectural styles. Monument Square features a stately Confederate monument. Kumler Hall at Brainerd Institute - Brainerd (began in 1866) was one of several educational institutions for freed slaves. The Chester County Historical Society Museum is located in the old 1914 Chester jail, and includes some noteworthy collections. The Chester County Transportation Museum, located in an old railroad depot, houses memorabilia that relates to the history of transportation in the South. Chester State Park - The park includes a 160-acre lake and archery activities. Cotton Hills Farms and Market. Offers living classroom and family farm tours which includes wagon rides and picnics, a petting zoo, camping, hiking, a turn-of-the-century tractor engine-operated grist mill, a corn maze, cotton, watermelons and lots of pumpkins in season. TNT Motorsports Park sports three motocross tracks. Woods Ferry Recreation Area, part of the Sumter National Forest in 1936, Woods Ferry Recreation Area has campsites, picnicking, fishing and boating. It also contains the ruins of numerous antebellum homes and historic cemeteries.
  • Exit 65: Blackstock (11 mi) Locals and visitors alike gather to enjoy the local flavor of the Blackstock Fish Camp, and the sounds of Blackstock Bluegrass.
  • Exit 46: Winnsboro (3 mi) Carolina Adventure World – This park has quickly established itself as the premier outdoor park of its kind by providing the highest quality trail system, park amenities and overall visitor experience.
  • Exit 41: Winnsboro (8 mi) Railroad memorabilia and equipment on display; tours and train rides also offered at the South Carolina Railroad Museum - Rides with Santa and the Easter Bunny during Christmas seasons. Downtown Winnsboro National Historic District. Often referred to as the “Charleston of the Upcountry”, its entire central core has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Fairfield County Courthouse and Town Clock. Robert Mills, the first native born, professionally trained architect in the US, designed the Fairfield County Courthouse (c. 1823). Across from the Greek Revival structure, stands Winnsboro’s Town Clock, which is thought to be the longest continuously running town clock in America. Fairfield County Museum - houses collections spanning the area’s history up until the early 20th century. Lake Wateree State Recreation Area, one of South Carolina’s premier fishing and boating destinations. Lodging, restaurants and shopping. Of special note is Songbird Manor B & B.
  • Exit 34: Ridgeway (4 mi.) Ridgeway Historic District. Traditionally a scenic short-cut to the beach, charming, historic Ridgeway offers a self-guided walking tour of the town. Shopping and restaurants, including Laura’s Tea Room, Rebecca’s of Ridgeway and the R. H. Lee and Company Auction House. Camden/Boykin (30 mi.) Camden Historic District - Featuring more than 60 historic sites. the district is the reflection of Camden’s 250-year-old history ranging from the Revolutionary War era to the antebellum South to the winter residences established in the early 1900s. Carolina Cup Racing Association and National Steeplechase Museum (Springdale Race Course). Experience the excitement of Kershaw County’s nationally renowned steeplechase races, the Carolina Cup in the spring and the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup in the fall. Camden Antique and Arts District. With over twenty antique shops and several artisans’ shops. Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Historic Camden offers a view of colonial village life during the Revolutionary War period. Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Experience the excitement of live theatre, concerts, chamber music, art exhibits, classes for all ages, a children's choir, and much more. Bonds Conway House (c. 1810). This house was built by Bonds Conway, believed to be the first African American in Camden to buy his freedom. South Carolina Equine Center. Many events produced throughout the year, including rodeos, barrel racing, team penning, musical events, horse shows and horse sales. Carolina Motorsdports Park, a sportsman's delight! Hermitage Farm Shooting Sports. Sporting clays course, skeet shooting area, dove warm-up tower and crazy quail stations provide a wide range of shooting sport activities. Lodging, restaurants and shopping.
  • Historic Boykin (9 mi s of Camden.) Take a step back in time with a visit to the Boykin Mill Pond Community where you can see grain ground at the restored mill or watch as brooms are hand-made on 100 year-old original equipment at the Broom Place. Home of the Battle of Boykin’s Mill, portrayed in the movie, “Glory” starring Denzel Washington. Shoppers will be intrigued at the Boykin Company Store by floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with fresh farm products, general merchandise, gifts, gourmet foods and other tempting delights. Nearby is Swift Creek Baptist Church with its slave gallery still intact.
  • Exit 27: Blythewood Some of the finest golfing in the state through rolling hills and pristine Carolina countryside at the Golf Club of South Carolina at Crickentree, Limerick Golf Course, the Windermere Club, and Oak Hills Golf Club. Lodging and shopping.
  • Exit 22: Killian Road – NATIONS ONLY PURPLE MARTIN PHENOMENON...a must see…cruise on The Southern Patriot boat to the middle of Lake Murray to watch millions of purple martins that come each summer to roost on a 12 acre island. Customized 2 hour lunch and dinner cruises. Lake Murray offers 650 miles of shoreline for you to enjoy.
  • Exit 06: Shop Road – Enjoy a stroll through one of the top 10 zoos in the US. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 animals. Come see ED, the world’s largest child, at EdVenture, a 67,000 square ft hands on museum. Visitors of all ages can climb inside Ed’s body and explore the inner workings of the heart, brain, stomach and more. Four floors of adventure await you at the SC State Museum! Housed in a totally electric textile mill, enjoy creativity from over four centuries.
  • Exit 05: Bluff Road - Home to more than 80 species of trees, 170 bird species, 60 reptile and 49 fish species, Congaree National Monument, is also the largest contiguous tract of old-grown bottomland hardwood forest in the US. Newberry Opera House, one of the seven original opera houses still standing, this 426 seat opera house offers something for everyone from Broadway to Blues.

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