Savannah River Scenic Byway

National Scenic BywaySouth Carolina

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  • A Charming Old Church

    A white-gabled church represents the sense of history one feels on the Savannah River Scenic Byway.

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  • Willington Presbyterian Church

    The Willington Presbyterian Church was founded in 1813 by famous educator, Dr. Moses Waddel.

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  • Historic Markers in Willington

    Interpretive signs speak of the history of Willington.

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  • J. Strom Thurmond Lake

    Boaters enjoy a beautiful, clear day on J. Strom Thurmond Lake on the Savannah River Scenic Byway.

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  • J. Strom Thurmond Recreation Area

    Visitors can enjoy a day picnicking or swimming from one of the many recreation areas at J. Strom Thurmond Lake.

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  • The Ninety-Six Battlefield

    Visitors to the Ninety-Six National Historic Site can take a self-guided walking tour around the battlefield.

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  • Replica of 18th Century Cabin

    This replica of an 18th Century cabin gives visitors a hint of what the original town of Ninety-Six might have looked like during the Revolutionary War.

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  • Revolutionary War Cannon

    Lightweight and portable cannons were essential during the Revolutionary War.

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  • Fort Replica at Ninety-Six National Historic Site

    The interpretive trail leads up to a replica of the blockaded fort.

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  • Battlefield Overlook at Ninety-Six National Historic Site

    Visitors can see the entire battlefield from this vantage point.

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  • Ninety-Six National Historic Site Museum Interior

    Exhibits inside the Ninety-Six National Historic Site Museum show what life would have been like for citizens of South Carolina in the 18th Century.

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  • Military Exhibit at Ninety-Six National Historic Site Museum

    An exhibit inside the Ninety-Six National Historic Site Museum has both British and Patriot uniforms, as well as a lightweight field canon, on display.

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  • One Mile Interpretive Path at Ninety-Six National Historic Site

    A one mile self-guided tour directs visitors through a forest and onto the actual battle site.

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  • A Rifle Tower on the Ninety-Six Battlefield

    Interpretive stands tell the history of each building standing on the battlefield today.

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  • Ninety-Six National Historic Site Visitor Center and Museum

    Take time to tour the museum's exhibits and watch a ten minute video on the history of this fascinating site at the visitor center.

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  • Abbeville Opera House

    Now fully restored, the historic Abbeville Opera House continues to entertain audiences through the theater.

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  • The Burt-Stark House

    Jefferson Davis slept in this house during the last days of the Civil War.

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  • Clarks Hill Recreation Area Overlook

    Overlooking the J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir, the Clarks Hill Recreation Area provides picnic sites and park benches, along with other amenities.

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  • Clarks Hill Recreation Area

    Swimming and boating are popular activities for visitors to Clarks Hill.

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  • A Structure at the Ninety-Six National Historic Site

    This structure remains inside the fort replica at Ninety-Six National Historic Site.

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  • A Cabin at Ninety-Six National Historic Site

    This cabin will give visitors more insight into the lives of traders in Ninety-Six in the 18th Century.

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  • Historic Downtown Abbeville

    The Abbeville Courthouse and Opera House are some of the most historically significant buildings in the town of Abbeville.

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  • Dust 'N Rust Antiques in Abbeville

    Downtown Abbeville is a popular location for antique-hounds.

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  • The J. Strom Thurmond Lake Visitor Center

    Visitors can learn about the dam project and the recreation opportunities at the visitor center.

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  • A Picnic Area at the J. Strom Thurmond Lake Recreation Area

    Enjoy your lunch overlooking beautiful views of the expansive reservoir.

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  • The Historic Burt-Stark House

    This mansion built in the 1830s is now a museum.

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  • Savannah River Scenic Byway Sign

    Signs posted along the Savannah River Scenic Byway keep travelers on the right path.

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  • Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area Community Building

    This community building has plenty of seating room, restrooms, and a playground located behind it.

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  • Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area Playground

    The Calhoun Falls State Park has a playground for children.

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  • Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area

    Calhoun Falls offers some of the best fishing spots in the state, along with a seasonal tennis court, camping, hiking trails, and a swimming area.

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  • Camping on the Savannah River Scenic Byway

    With over a dozen campgrounds, the Savannah River Scenic Byway caters to campers.

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  • Change in Scenery

    The northern bend of the Savannah River Scenic Byway changes from tree-lined roads to pastoral views.

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  • Fishers at Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area

    Fishers enjoy a spring afternoon at Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area.

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  • Picnicking at Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area

    A sunny, spring afternoon lures picnickers to enjoy the facilities at Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area.

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  • Registration Booth at Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area

    Stop by the registration booth to find your camping spot or use the restrooms.

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  • Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area

    Visitors to Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area can camp, picnic, fish, boat, or simply relax.

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  • South Carolina Heritage Corridor Sign

    Heritage Corridor signs populate the Savannah River Scenic Byway, helping travelers to navigate the intricate highway system.

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  • South Carolina Heritage Corridor Sign

    Heritage Corridor signs populate the Savannah River Scenic Byway, helping travelers to navigate the intricate highway system.

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  • Boating at the J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir

    A lone boat enjoys the expansive reservoir and view of the red, sandy banks.

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  • Birdhouse Exhibit at the Thurmond Reservoir Visitor Center

    Press the buttons on these birdhouses to hear what each bird you'll find near the reservoir sounds like.

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  • Colorful Exhibits at the Reservoir Visitor Center

    Interesting exhibits like this will make exploring the visitor center at the J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir half the fun of being there.

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  • J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir Visitor Center

    The J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir Visitor Center boasts excellent exhibits to familiarize guests with the area, and has an excellent overlook of the reservoir itself.

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  • Circular Map of the J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir

    Get your bearings by checking out this circular map of the J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir and surrounding area.

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  • Travelers at the J. Strom Thurmond Visitor Center Overlook

    Travelers enjoy the view of J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir from the visitor center.

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  • Safety on the J .Strom Thurmond Reservoir

    An exhibit at the visitor center focuses on safety during boating recreation.

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  • View of the J .Strom Thurmond Reservoir and Dam from the Visitor Center

    Because the visitor center is situated on a hill, it offers an incomparable view of the J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir.

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  • Hues of Blue at J .Strom Thurmond Reservoir

    The J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir and South Carolina sky combine to create a palette of blue.

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  • Church in Lowndesville

    This church in Lowndesville is representative of the many historic and beautiful churches found along the Savannah River Scenic Byway.

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  • Welcome to Lowndesville

    A welcome sign to Lowndesville invites visitors to further explore this heritage corridor community.

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  • Historic Courthouse in McCormick

    The courthouse is only one of several buildings in McCormick placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Welcome to McCormick

    Sign welcomes visitors to McCormick, which offers all the amenities and a dose of charm.

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  • McCormick's Historic Downtown

    Explore the historic district of McCormick.

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  • Heading to Modoc Campground

    Looking for a peaceful spot amidst the trees? Modoc Campground will suit your needs.

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  • Mt. Carmel

    Welcome to the small hamlet of Mt. Carmel, which has a campground and a grocery store.

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  • Rivers Fork Campground

    Located 2 miles off the Byway, the Rivers Fork Campground, with picnic area, boat docks, and beaches, is worth the detour.

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  • The Savannah River Scenic Byway

    Much of the 110-mile Byway curves through rural, forested land.

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  • Shady Drives

    Tall trees lining the Savannah River Scenic Byway make for a pleasant, shady drive.

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  • Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area

    Nestled in a residential community, Sadlers Creek rewards travelers of the Savannah River Scenic Byway with a serene setting.

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  • Cemetery in Willington

    Those intrigued by a name and a date will find the aged headstones in this cemetery a feast for the imagination.

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  • Presbyterian Church Memorial

    The Willington Presbyterian Church originally stood in place of this marker.

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  • Trinity Episcopal Church in Abbeville

    Visitors can take a look inside this beautiful historic church in Abbeville.

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  • The Interior of the Trinity Episcopal Church

    The interior of the Abbeville's historic Trinity Episcopal Church, built in 1859, is as impressive as the exterior.

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  • Calm Waters at Clarks Hill Swim Beach

    Clarks Hill Recreation Area on the Savannah River offers access to a swim beach for those hot summer days.

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  • Against the Current

    A kayaker works against a gentle current on the Savannah River.

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  • Ready to Launch from Clarks Hill Recreation Area

    Boating the J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir is made easy by several boat launches available to the public, one of which is here at Clarks Hill Recreation Area.

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  • Walking on the Dock at J. Strom Thurmond Recreation Area

    A visitor walks along the dock at the J. Strom Thurmond Recreation Area.

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