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Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: South Carolina State Scenic Byway
Length, One-Way: 112 Miles (186.67 Kilometers)
Time: 3 Hours

General Information

Description - Looming majestically beyond the low, soft hills of the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge escarpment thrills the soul of the mountain lover. The Cherokees called these heights "the Great Blue Hills of God." The stream-laced foothills and rugged mountains of the Blue Ridge have helped shape the development of South Carolina's Upcountry. The Blue Ridge Mountains are forested and steep, and in some places they are penetrable only along narrow passes cut by roaring, cliff-walled rivers. From the mountain heights, some of these rivers plunge hundreds of feet in breathtaking falls.

While echoes of the area's Cherokee heritage can still be heard in place and river names like Seneca, Keowee, Jocassee, Tamassee, Tokeena, Toxaway, and Eastatoe, the first strains of the Cherokee recessional were heard in 1776. As the new American nation was forming, the region's first white settler, Richard Pearis, married a Cherokee woman and built the area's first business -- a trading station and grist mill -- on the falls of the Reedy River in what is now downtown Greenville. Following the Revolutionary War, treaties with the Native Americans opened up what was called the Pendleton District (now Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee counties) and land-hungry settlers flowed in.

Attractions - The Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway is known for it's Natural and Recreational Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : Byway travelers discover that there are two main ways to access this byway. The first is from Atlanta, Georgia, and the second is from Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • From Atlanta, Georgia: Take Interstate 85 north to the South Carolina state line. The Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway begins at Exit 1, just after the welcome center.

  • From Charlotte, North Carolina: Take Interstate 85 south to South Carolina Exit 92. The Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway begins at Exit 92, traveling north and west.

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Filed By: Danny & Teresa Mock (Savannah, Ga)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: After a 2 day stay in the mountains, high in Linville Falls, we decided to take an unusual route back home to Southeast Georgia.. We got on 11 from 221 at Chesnee SC, heading SW on the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway.. To our suprise, we were able to view the mountain range continuously for many, many miles, while having a really smooth drive.. The AMAZING beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains can be seen (at a safe altitude, from below!) in all their majesty, from this road.. There were many, many places to stop and look UP!!! Rolling hills, picturesque roads, quaint houses, shabby old barns, & beautiful lakeside campgounds were everywhere.! Mountain views continued on & on BEHIND all of this!!! Peach stands are outstanding along the road & people are NICE!!!.. We have been to the Blue Ridge/Smokey Mountains many times, but never knew this road would carry us thru sights even more beautiful than some on the Parkway! The ambiance was perfect... We plan to make a place, somewhere on this road our next vacation spot!

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ICON Scenic Driving Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway
ICON Viewing Scenery Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway

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Contact Information:
Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway , , , , Phone: 864-233-2690

Additional Information:
South Carolina Scenic Byways - All three byways in South Carolina, Ashley River Road, Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway and Savannah River Scenic Byway, are designated National Scenic Byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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