Fine fishing, first-rate RV camping and unforgettable scenery, those are the reasons RVers love to make the trip along South Carolina’s Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway. It’s time your RV camping crew made the trek to these scenic Blue Ridge Mountains foothills, too. Here’s the inside scoop on what to see and do along the way.
- The first task on your agenda, if you’re not an RV owner, is reserving a quality RV rental. No matter where you’re coming from, we’re always here to help. And then it’s time to plan your journey. If you choose to travel from the western end of the Scenic Byway, you’ll be making your way along I-85 to Barrett Pond Reservoir near Westminster, SC.
- Before you head north on the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway (otherwise known as S.C. 11), stop and play at both Barrett Pond and Lake Hartwell, right next door. Both bodies of water boast excellent bass, bullhead and pickerel fishing. Lake Hartwell State Park, which straddles the Georgia/South Carolina border, also offers more than one hundred water and electric RV sites.
- Once you’ve calmed your fishing fetish sufficiently, follow the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway north to Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area. Hike the Natural Bridge or Raven Rock trails and get in some more fishing time on either Lake Keowee or Lake Jocassee. The campground here is small but wonderfully scenic, tucked into pristine forestland, so be sure to make your reservations early. Don’t forget your camera—the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from this park are first-class!
- As our scenic byway winds north and east through the lush forests of the foothills, you’ll encounter yet another state park – Table Rock. A regional icon to Blue Ridge Mountain fans, Table Rock Mountain (PDF) is an outstanding example of upcountry beauty on the North Carolina border. A visitor center, Foothills Trail trailhead, two small fishing lakes and historic 1930s park buildings make this lovely park a favorite with RV campers.
Believe it or not, there’s still a lot to see on this one hundred twenty mile journey! Abundance is evident everywhere along your route in the form of colorful roadside markets, scenic waterfalls and winding roads that climb to glorious views.
- And near the end of the scenic byway, Cowpens National Battlefield is worth spending an afternoon exploring. Site of a pivotal Revolutionary War victory for American forces, this national historic site features a visitor center, living history reenactments, a battlefield hiking trail and an auto tour that focuses on Green River Road at the heart of the battle.
The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina are a treasure for RVers hoping to get away from it all. Relax at a lakeside campground, fish until you cast another line and soak up scenery that’s thrilled explorers for centuries. There’s all that and more waiting for you along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway.