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