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8 Cozy B&Bs in the Old 96 District to Warm Up In This Winter

The end of the school year is usually when we start dreaming of vacation planning–but when it starts to get cold outside, that’s when you really need a getaway. A soft bed, a warm fire, and savory home-cooked meals (made by someone other than yourself) are some of the essential ingredients to a well-rested winter […]

The ABC’s of the Wild Turkey: Thanksgiving Table Talk

In case you want to dazzle the kinfolk over the dinner table at this year’s Thanksgiving celebration, here’s a heaping helping of turkey trivia-from A to Z! Alaska This is the only state where wild turkeys can’t be found – not because it’s too cold, but because the state doesn’t have a long growing season. […]

Fishing on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast: Lake Russell

Looking for a new fishing adventure? On South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast, we’ve got three lakes that combine for a whopping 100+ acres of water just waiting for you to explore. Fishing in our area of the upstate is at its best in early to middle fall, so now’s the time to visit. Crappie and striped […]

Holiday Spirit Is Alive in SC Old 96 District

The Holiday Season Comes Alive in South Carolina Old 96 District The Christmas decorations have long been in the stores but in the South Carolina Old 96 District, the holiday season comes alive when December 1 arrives. Lots of fun activities and events will put you in the holiday spirit. There is something for the youngsters and […]

Weekend Getaway in Greenwood–Inn on the Square

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, Greenwood’s Inn on the Square is where you’ll find it. A boutique hotel in an elegantly designed historical building, it re-opened in October 2015 after a renovation and its colorful character has made it a visitors’ favorite. Tucked away from the interstate, Inn on the Square is […]

Sumter National Forest, Wine Creek Trail

LENGTH: 5.5 miles linear DIFFICULTY: Moderate TRAILHEAD: 33.84130, -82.13294 (SC 283), 33.79402, -82.14576 (Key Bridge) SURFACE: Natural, optimized for mountain biking FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: None Following the gentle fl ow of Wine Creek as it winds its way for 5.5 miles through deciduous forests and around pine plantations to feed its waters […]

Sumter National Forest, Turkey Creek Trail

LENGTH: 7 miles linear DIFFICULTY: Moderate TRAILHEAD: 33.79402, -82.14576 (Key Bridge) SURFACE: Natural, narrow singletrack optimized for mountain biking FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: None Starting off in a deeply shaded forest on narrow singletrack that slips through lush greenery, the Turkey Creek Trail provides a great round-trip destination for mountain bikers to put […]

Sumter National Forest, Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area

LENGTH: 4 mile loop DIFFICULTY: Moderate TRAILHEAD: 34.09778,-82.35730 SURFACE: Natural, mostly clay FEES: Daily parking fee PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: At bath house and campground Home to an 800-foot summit, Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area o ers a moderately di cult loop around Parson’s Mountain Lake. The four-mile loop includes woods overflowing with fl ora such […]

Palmetto Trail, Enoree Passage

LENGTH: 36 miles DIFFICULTY: Moderate TRAILHEAD: 34.52773, -81.72887 SURFACE: Natural FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: Yes Enoree Passage is 36 continuous Trail miles through Sumter National Forest, linking Newberry, Laurens, and Union counties. The southern trailhead is located at the end of Forest Service Road 379 (Chandler Road) o Old Whitmire Road (SR 81). […]

Ninety Six National Historic Site, Historical Trail

LENGTH: 1 mile loop DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.147514, -82.023187 SURFACE: Paved, with hills and bridges Wheelchair accessible FEES: No PETS PERMITTED: Yes, if leashed RESTROOMS: Portable toilet at trailhead May only be seasonally available At the Ninety Six National Historic Site, the paved Historical Trail provides station-by-station interpretation of this important crossroads in American history. […]

Ninety Six National Historic Site, Cherokee Path

LENGTH: 1.5 miles one way DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.14555, -82.01853 SURFACE: Natural FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: Yes, at the park visitor center The Cherokee Path is a 1.5 mile trail from point to point. It was once a direct route for traders and trappers, Native Americans, and settlers to exchange merchandise between the […]

Muscrove Mill State Historic Site, British Encampment Trail

LENGTH: 1 mile linear DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.35540, -81.51140 SURFACE: Unpaved FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Dogs on leashes less than 6 feet are allowed RESTROOMS: At the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site Visitors Center This easy, one mile loop starts in the parking lot and runs along the Enoree River much of the way. The […]

Muscrove Mill State Historic Site, Battlefield Trail

LENGTH: 1.5 miles linear DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.35540, -81.51256 SURFACE: Unpaved FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Dogs on leashes less than 6 feet are allowed RESTROOMS: At the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site Visitors Center This trail begins on the ADA boardwalk, which leads to the overlook at Horseshoe Falls. The trail leaves the overlook and […]

Hamilton Branch State Park, Hamilton Branch Paleo Trail

LENGTH: 1.5 mile loop DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 33.75205, -82.21109 SURFACE: Natural FEES: Park entry fee PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: Yes Enjoy the scenic view of this short hiking trail. Following the trail markers on the trees (white signs with black arrows), you will wander up and down through a thick forest of pines and hardwoods. […]

Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center

LENGTH: 2.4 mile network DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.49188, -82.04340 SURFACE: Natural, boardwalk FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: No The Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center is a special place in Laurens County—complete with a restored 1800’s log cabin, man-made waterfall and bird sanctuary, hiking trails, a Native American village, butterfly garden, a handicapped accessible […]

SC’s Old 96 District: 12 Hiking/Biking Trails in 6 South Carolina State Parks

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 from every skill level at difficult, intermediate, to beginner. Challenge yourself to a blood-pumping […]

North Pole Express at the Railroad Historical Center – Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

What: The North Pole Express Where: The Railroad Historical Center in Uptown Greenwood When: Friday, Nov. 30 & Saturday, Dec. 1, 6pm-8pm Tickets : Children – $25 Adults – $10 Experience the magical journey on the North Pole Express with a trip to the Railroad Historical Center in Greenwood.  Children will hear the story of The Polar Express, visit with Santa, […]

Town of Ninety Six Trail

LENGTH: 1.4 miles linear DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.175119, -82.022911 (parking area at the Ninety Six Visitor Center) SURFACE: Paved and wheelchair accessible downtown, unpaved but graded elsewhere FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: Yes, at the Ninety Six Visitor Center, downtown Trains no longer stop traffic in Ninety Six in the middle of the day. […]

Sumter National Forest, Horn Creek Trail

TRAILHEAD: 33.72630, -82.03950 5.3 mile loop An excellent ride on a well-built trail with diverse terrain along the way, including views from atop a ridge and long stretches paralleling Horn Creek. Officially, it starts within Lick Fork Recreation Area.There is a secondary trailhead (which the Forest Service calls the “Winter Trailhead”) on an unpaved road, […]

Sumter National Forest, Long Cane Horse Trail

TRAILHEAD: 34.09455, -82.28739 (Fell Camp) ACCESS POINTS: 34.09945, -82.34884 (Access H @ Cedar Springs Rd) 34.10456, -82.35066 (Crossing @ Parsons Mountain Rd) 23 mile loop  This 23-mile loop trail is open to biking and horseback riding, and although it’s not signposted for hikers, portions of it can be hiked (no backpacking is permitted), depending on […]

Savannah Valley Railroad Trail

TRAILHEADS: 33.92296, -82.34205 (Brown Trailhead); 33.92307, -82.37315 (Badwell Cemetery) ACCESS POINTS: 33.92231, -82.41237 (Huguenot Parkway); 33.92818, -82.42214 (SC 7) 5.5 miles  For a ride through regional history, the Savannah Valley Railroad Trail leads visitors past and to historic sites surrounding New Bordeaux, the French settlement of 1764. Presently this trail can only be hiked or […]

Ninety Six National Historic Site, Star Fort Pond Loop

TRAILHEAD: 34.14612, -82.00637 1.5 mile loop Star Fort Pond, which is accessible from a trailhead south of Ninety Six off CR 246 and Kinard Road, is a flat, easy to follow loop which is shared with equestrians and is signposted “Fisherman’s Access Trail” in several places. It connects to the Star Fort Pond Trail  and […]

National Wild Turkey Federation Outdoor Education Center

TRAILHEAD: 33.76650, -81.90510 1.6 mile loop / 0.6 mile loop for Ed’s Trail At the National Wild Turkey Federation Headquarters and Museum, a large kiosk at the edge of their parking lot shows off a map of the trail system that are a part of their Outdoor Education Center. Ed’s Trail, is well marked, signposted, […]

Hickory Knob State Park, Lakeview Trail

TRAILHEAD: 33.88240, -82.41377 6.7 mile loop This is the one of the best bike trails in the Old 96 District for views – the name of the trail says it all! It’s a loop with technical spots that’ll give an adrenalin rush to cyclists, and is well-maintained. SORBA helps maintain all of the trails at […]

Hickory Knob State Park, Beaver Run Trail

TRAILHEADS: 33.87888, -82.43176 (lodge), 33.89198, -82.42191 (skeet range) 2.3 miles linear or 5.6 mile round-trip The Beaver Run Trail is a linear trail between the skeet shooting area parking lot and the lodge at Hickory Knob Resort State Park. The trail stays close to Lake Thurmond for much of its length and loops around the […]

Calhoun Falls State Park, Cedar Bluff Trail

TRAILHEAD: 34.10798, -82.62623 (day use area access) 1.5 mile loop Well-thought out in its placement, the Cedar Bluff Trail showcases the slopes above Lake Russell with views of the lake and many bridges to cross over creeks draining into the lake. It’s a very pretty trail, and was exactly where the park map showed it […]

Baker Creek State Park, Wild Mint Trail

TRAILHEAD: 33.88034, -82.36470 0.7 mile loop It took two tries to find the trailhead for this trail, since it starts near the bathhouse and campground at Campground #2 and there are no signs outside the campground directing you to it. A very pleasant loop walk. We suggest that the park create an alternative access point […]

Baker Creek State Park, Walking Trail

TRAILHEAD: 33.88746, -82.36691 No mileage Despite its appearance on the state park’s map and the Little River Blueway map, there is no trail here, just a sign that says “Walking Trail.” We walked all over the peninsula with the boat ramp looking for a trail. Later on, we consulted with the sole park ranger on […]

Baker Creek State Park, Mountain Bike Trail

TRAILHEAD: 33.88346, -82.35841 10 miles of connecting loops / 5.2 miles ridden We saw the trail crossings in several places while driving in on the park road, but it took a few minutes to figure out exactly where the trailhead was, since it is not marked out by the parking lot or road. Even then, […]

7 Revolutionary War Hiking Trails in SC’s Old 96 District

Fall is the perfect time for hiking in South Carolina. And on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast, the cooler weather is not just great for leaf-peeping: we’ve got trails that are steeped in history and heritage as well as natural wonder. Revolutionary War trails at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site and Ninety Six National Historic Site […]

Happy Cows, Happy Customers: Hickory Hill Milk in Edgefield

Happy cows, happy customers. That’s the motto of Hickory Hill Milk in Edgefield, South Carolina. HERD MENTALITY The Dorn property has been in the family since 1764, where they began dairy farming in the 1950s. The torch passed to Jim and Marie Dorn, who continued raising Holstein cows and producing milk. In 2008 their son […]

10 Hiking/Biking Trails to Try in the Old 96 District

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 beauty in our region! The South Carolina Trails program encourages finding treasure through trails—and in […]

Belmont Inn In Abbeville SC

The Belmont Inn is an elegant, restored historic building that today offers travelers lodging. Located in downtown Abbeville, SC, The Belmont Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Belmont Inn features 25 guest rooms, a breakfast room, a conference room for meetings, a gift shop, and Paw Spa, to pamper our […]

9 Mouthwatering BBQ Joints in the Old 96 District

The debate continues, but we maintain that South Carolina is the Birthplace of Barbecue and home of the Official Four Sauces: mustard, heavy tomato, light tomato, and vinegar. But no matter your opinion on its origins, meat-lovers can all agree that the savory taste of slow-cooked, hickory-smoked BBQ drizzled with sauce takes any get-together to […]

5 Places in Old 96 to Experience History

If history and heritage are your thing, it’s time to plan a tour of South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast. Our area boasts miles and miles of shoreline, state parks, and opportunities for adventure, and underlying it all are hidden gems of South Carolina history. We’ve got 5 stops in the Old 96 District for you to […]

7 Farmers Markets to Explore in Old 96

It’s National Farmers Market Week and we’re celebrating here in Old 96! 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 just having the privilege of tasty fresh fruits and vegetables at our convenience—by supporting farmers and […]

What’s in a Name? SC’s Old 96 District

Why is this area of South Carolina called the Old 96 District? From all reports our region was named after a judicial district dating back to the Colonial era when law and order came to the South Carolina backcountry. This area was 96 miles down from the Cherokee Path around Keowee, a major Cherokee town […]

Pleasant Lane Acres in Edgefield, SC

Pleasant Lane Acres Bed & Breakfast pride themselves in making your visit exactly that:  “your visit.” Breakfast is served at your leisure.  There are many areas that you can choose to dine — in the privacy of your guest room, the front or back porch, dining room, sitting room, or even the bar.  If you […]

Moonshine and Craft Beer on SC’s Freshwater Coast

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 Park, sweet tea, touring Ninety-Six National Historic Site, kayaking on Lake Thurmond and moonshine. In […]

South Carolina Golf Packages-Links on the Lake

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 courses and overnight accommodations. Offer is valid year-round! Links on the Lake Golf Package The […]

Explore South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast with Fido!

Let’s face it: you and your pets have separation anxiety if you have to leave them for vacation (plus, if you’ve seen The Secret Life of Pets, you know what kind of hijinks they get up to when left to their own devices). This Summer, you won’t have to leave your best friend home alone when you plan your vacation to […]

Satisfy Your Thirst to Explore South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast

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 through the brewery and distillery scene. We’ve got a list of hot spots that […]

Caravel Place, Savannah Lakes Resort, McCormick, SC

Play the Lake. Stay at Caravel Place! These townhomes located in Savannah Lakes Resort in McCormick, SC on Lake Strom Thurmond are the perfect place to relax and enjoy South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast! Amenities include: Free WiFi, full kitchen with new appliances (refrigerator, electric stove, dishwasher, microwave), laundry room includes washer & dryer, iron and […]

Palmetto Wine Competition May 1 in Abbeville SC

A new and fun event will be held in the Old 96 District on May 1, 2018, when the first Palmetto Wine Competition is held. Dennis and Jenni Turner, who maintain the website WineryEscapades.com, are hosting the first Palmetto Wine Competition at The Belmont Inn in Abbeville, South Carolina. The competition promises to be a fun […]

Experience The Masters From South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast

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 5-8 this year at Augusta National, in our neighboring area of Augusta, Georgia, is one of the best reasons […]

Olympian of the Woods Celebrated in South Carolina’s Old 96 District

As the world’s best athletes compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the “Olympian of the Woods,” may be taking flight near you. With five species located across North America (every state but Alaska), the wild turkey is known as the “Olympian of the Woods” with running speeds of 25 MPH and flight speeds […]

The Freshwater Coast BBQ Trail

With our miles of shoreline, six state parks, and endless opportunities for outdoor exploration, it might be hard to believe you could explore another type of trail on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast. However, this is the type of trail almost anyone could get excited about and doesn’t require special footwear. It’s the Freshwater Coast BBQ […]

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays–Mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.

If it weren’t for Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, would the world know Martin Luther King Jr? Probably not. Mays, a Greenwood, SC, native and Civil Rights activist, mentored King during his years at Atlanta’s Morehouse College. Mays served as president of Morehouse College (now Morehouse University) from 1940 to 1967. He also advised Presidents Kennedy, […]

National Plan Your Vacation Day

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 them, yet 54 percent of workers aren’t using their hard-earned vacation time. Project: […]

Laurens County SC-A Destination Filled With History

During the Revolutionary War, the area that would soon become  Laurens County was the site of four significant battles, including Musgrove Mill on August 18, 1780. Today, the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site marks the location of this battle. The visitors center at the park documents the role South Carolina patriots played in winning American […]

Where is the Home of Ten Governors of South Carolina?

National Geographic Magazine addressed a frequently voiced question: “Are Edgefield’s ten governors real native sons, or men adopted to support an extravagant claim by the local Chamber of Commerce?” To answer this question, one must delve into facts of these ten Edgefield statesmen. Andrew Pickens, Jr. (1816-1818) was a son of Gen. Andrew Pickens of […]

Hiking Trails on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast

It may be hard to believe right now, with the East Coast’s bomb cyclone still fresh in our minds, but, warmer weather is not far away. As you spend time inside planning your approach to conquer your New Year’s resolutions, it’s the perfect opportunity to plan a weekend getaway. Travel to South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast […]

Inn on the Square-One of Greenwood’s Gems

With the changing of the calendar to 2018, now is the time to step out and visit one of the finest “gems” in South Carolina-the Inn on the Square in Greenwood, SC. The Inn is a distinctive boutique hotel located in Uptown Greenwood, South Carolina. The Inn has a rich history spanning many years. The […]

Holiday Fun In SC Old 96 District

It is December, the month filled with holiday happenings and events centered around the Christmas season. In the Old 96 District of South Carolina, we have numerous events and activities you can enjoy that will put you in the Christmas spirit. Here is a brief listing: “Miracle on 34th Street” production, Greenwood, SC “Coney Island Christmas” […]

An Epic Mountain Bike Weekend

It’s that time of the year when getting outside is almost mandatory. The colors of the leaves are peaking, the humidity has dropped, but it’s not so cold that you can’t enjoy yourself. Welcome to Fall on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast. We’ll just come right out and say it. If you haven’t gone mountain biking […]

Experience a Taste of Irish Culture at The Farmhouse at Bush River

Come and visit Ireland in the heart of South Carolina conveniently located in the college town of Clinton, 5 minutes from I-26 and I-385. You will immediately relax when you encounter rolling green farmland, friendly alpacas, stone walls, lovely gardens and an inviting farmhouse. The Farmhouse at Bush River is the perfect, quiet get-away between […]

Thirsty? Quench Your Thirst In SC Old 96 District

Maybe it’s cooler days or a natural desire to socialize, but South Carolinians have always had a thirst for their own unique beverages – whether sweet tea, cold beer or that well-known backwoods potion, “white lightning,” aka moonshine. Dating back to Prohibition, are backwoods moonshine stills, where farmers turned corn and sugar into liquid gold. After […]

Fall in Love with SC Old 96 District Trails

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 hikers turn into avid hikers. If you are looking for a new outdoor adventure, and […]

Spotlight on The Belmont Inn in Abbeville, SC

Need a relaxing weekend away from it all? The Belmont Inn in Abbeville, South Carolina is the place for you! A restored historic inn/hotel with a B&B feel, the Belmont Inn is located on the Square in the heart of downtown Abbeville. Twenty -five rooms are available with all rooms having private bathrooms that have […]

Archery: A Sport Filled with Arrows and Bows

“Archery; the sport, practice or skill of using a bow to propel arrows.” 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 South Carolina, […]

Lakes, Links and Bucket Lists: South Carolina’s Little River Blueway

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 and even a golf resort, the Little River Blueway in South Carolina’s Old 96 District […]

Old 96 Newsletter – Boots and Brews in South Carolina’s Old 96 District

Discover a New Experience With Boots and Brews in South Carolina’s Old 96 District The Old 96 District is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the South. Discover the perfect hiking adventure in the Old 96 District of South Carolina. After an epic day hiking these amazing trails, reward yourself and […]

Visitor’s View of SC Old 96 District and Greenwood SC, Final Chapter!

And if you’re already out and about in your car, it’s worth visiting some of the region’s other sites. We did a quick stop by the Benjamin E. Mays House Museum, which celebrates the contributions of the man who was a spiritual mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. and who advised three presidents –Kennedy, Johnson […]

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