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South Carolina is home to breathtaking natural attractions, and in the mountainous upstate, we’ve got plenty in the way of outdoor adventure. As fall brings cooler temps and changing foliage, it’s the perfect time to get outside and explore the...

These days, South Carolina’s famous beaches aren’t the only water attraction in the state. The Savannah River and other lakes form the border between South Carolina and Georgia, and the Old 96 District is smack in the middle. Three of...

Visit the town built over a gold mine! McCormick, SC is named for Cyrus McCormick who bought the property to build the town but never set foot in it! McCormick County is built over gold mines developed by Billy Dorn. Although the...

Historically, archery was used for hunting and combat. Today it is mostly a competitive sport and a recreational activity. A person who takes part in archery is typically called an archer or a bowman. At the only resort state park in...

This unique Southern boutique offers interesting items to decorate your home or wonderful gift ideas for friends and family. A variety of Home & Body goods are offered. As well as Workshops & Services. One generation. One goal. Sharing a passion...

I recently wrote a post about the Bed & Breakfasts and Inns in the Old 96 District. Filled with history, southern charm and warm, friendly inn keepers, the accommodations in the Old 96 District are worth the trip. There are...

Before you have kids, it’s tough to imagine yourself making promises you cannot possibly keep. Like assuring your 4-year-old daughter that you won’t run into any skunks in the woods on your first camping trip together. I made that guarantee...

South Carolina’s Old 96 District boasts eight beautiful bed & breakfasts in the region. Each one is unique and offers a variety of choices for their guests. Since we are in the South, most homes offer a veranda or porch...

Old 96 District Bed & Breakfasts Offer Charm and Comfort Visit South Carolina’s Old 96 District and you will feel as though you have stepped back in time. Nine Bed & Breakfast establishments offer charm and comfort along with Southern hospitality!...

The Billiard Parlor in downtown Edgefield is known for its delicious food and fun atmosphere. Known to the locals as simply “the pool hall”, this establishment specializes in burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries & onion rings. It is family...

Fall is officially here. South Carolina’s Old 96 District features some of the most accessible, enjoyable beginner friendly trails in our state. It’s time to get back outside, and the trails are calling.. Our trails are the reason why casual...

Bettis Academy and Junior College, established in 1881 and closed in 1952, is significant for its role in the primary, secondary, and higher education of African Americans in what is now parts of Edgefield and Greenwood Counties from the late...

John F. Kennedy once said, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” Whether it’s a tricycle, road bike, mountain bike or tandem bike; riding is fun. I have fond memories of my nine-year-old self, whizzing through my...

We have a good variety of unique and exceptional restaurants in Old 96 District- let’s do a taste tour of a few. Abbeville County, SC The Village Grill uses no sulfites, preservatives, or MSG in the preparation of meals. They also support local farmers...

It's that time of year again. While Spring is still struggling to, well, spring, in many corners of the world, the first Major tournament of the golf season is upon us. The Masters, slated for April 11-14, 2019, at the...

When planning for an outdoor adventure, it's sometimes hard to make a decision sight unseen. So, let's start here by exploring Baker Creek State Park. Stay tuned for the other parks in South Carolina's Old 96 District. The Details Baker Creek State Park is...

It’s National Farmers Market Week and we’re celebrating here in Old 96 District! The first full week of August each year, the Farmers Market Coalition helps us remember the crucial role farmers play in our nation’s food system. It’s much more than...

Fat Daddy’s BBQ and Hash House is already a legend around the Upstate of South Carolina. Fat Daddy’s is a family-run restaurant with locations in Greenwood and Cross Hill, SC. Fat Daddy’s continuously delivers the best BBQ in SC. 15-H Hampton...

In this district of just five counties, there are six state parks and one national forest, and usually where there are state parks, there are trails. Mountain and motor bikers, and hikers and horseback riders will love the almost 200...

Three beautiful lakes provide year-round fishing in the Old 96 District. Known as South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast, these lakes are great for beginners as well as expert fishermen. Lake Greenwood Beautiful rolling hills and tall forests await your arrival on Lake Greenwood’s...

South Carolina offers some of the best fishing in the country, primarily because we have wonderful year-round weather that allows for perfect fishing conditions nearly every day. The mild weather combined with so many fresh water fishing locations will give...

[caption id="attachment_3057" align="alignright" width="300"] Modoc[/caption] State parks in the Old 96 District keep us entertained throughout the year. Hiking, biking, canoeing and camping can keep even the most active person busy. With all that the Old 96 District has to offer,...

Do you need a gift for that youngster that loves the outdoors? We suggest you look into the South Carolina State Parks’ Junior Ranger program. In the Junior Ranger Program you can do lots of neat things in the safety...

Did you know South Carolina’s Old 96 District has six South Carolina state parks? That’s a lot of opportunity for outdoor adventure—not just for camping and boating, but also for an unbeatable selection of hiking and biking trails. Choose your adventure...

In the heart of Old 96 District, in the quaint town of Greenwood, there’s a little restaurant that is truly one-of-a-kind. Locals flock to Kickers Restaurant Greenwood SC for the sumptuous-and creative-fare prepared by chef Abdel Dimiati. Each...

Kayaking in the Old 96 District is an exciting experience, especially for the young ones! The lakes and rivers in our region provide a beautiful avenue to explore our waterways. Known as South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast, Lakes Greenwood, Russell and...

Located within the Sumter National Forest where Little River and Lake Thurmond converge in Northern McCormick County, South Carolina’s Little River Blueway offers outdoor adventure and vacation options for everyone. Featuring diverse hiking and biking trails, paddling and canoeing, camping...

Did you know fishing is the second most popular outdoor activity, behind running? Freshwater is the most popular type, and 2 1/2 million people tried fishing for the first time in 2015. For more fun facts, check out the 2016...

Masters Week - We Have a Master Plan So, you’ve scored tickets to the Masters in Augusta. Unless you’re local, you’ll need to make hotel reservations. Here’s an idea: Check out the South Carolina town of Edgefield, about 30 minutes from...

Moonshine and craft beer. It seems those are common words today! When we think of the best of South Carolina and Old 96 District, a lot of images come to mind. Football, hiking Cedar Bluff Trail at Calhoun Falls State...

With miles and miles of woodlands, forests and freshwater shoreline, Old 96 District is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Pristine lakes, trails ready for exploration and an abundance of wildlife, beckon folks to South Carolina’s great outdoors. ...

Make this delicious peach cocktail recipe inspired by South Carolina ingredients! Quite possibly, a most anticipated fruit each year is the annual bounty of peaches from Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, South Carolina. The peaches are juicy, sweet-tart, freestone and simply great. With plenty of peaches...

We’re heading into another sweltering Southern summer, and you’re probably already looking for ways to beat the heat. Cool down with an ice-cold craft beer, cocktail, or ‘shine from South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast! Experience the charm and hospitality of Old 96...

Looking for great South Carolina Golf packages, look no further. We have several to choose from in the SC Old 96 District. Hickory Knob State Resort golf course offers golfers of all ages and abilities the option to choose from a variety of golf...

Just north of Augusta, GA, on the South Carolina border, is beautiful Lake Strom Thurmond. This 71,000 acre lake, renamed in 1988 to honor Senator Strom Thurmond, was once known as Clarks Hill Lake. The lake was formed...

The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time This Year “So much to do, so little time.” While the phrase may sound like it perfectly describes our lives, research shows there actually is time. Americans universally say that vacation days are important to...

Welcome to Hickory Knob State Resort Park Golf Course, a fantastic South Carolina golf experience nestled along the shores of Lake Thurmond in South Carolina’s Old 96 District. The South Carolina golf community is among the best on the planet,...

LENGTH: 1 mile round trip DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.19458, -82.16883 SURFACE: Paved, rock dust FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: Yes If you want a shorter walk, try this family friendly 1 mile loop. This trail runs through an abandoned railroad switching yard....