Spartanburg is made up of 13 municipalities, making it one of the most “eclectic counties in the state”. Each offers their own blend of character, charm and individuality. See what hidden gems you can find while visiting.
Originally named “Campa bella” meaning “beautiful field,” Campobello is still home to beautiful rolling farmland while also providing a picture perfect view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors to Campobello can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities and unique restaurants. If you visit during the summer months, be sure to check out the fresh produce of Peach Country.
The town of Chesnee is located in northeastern Spartanburg County, just minutes away from Cowpens National Battlefield. The Carolina Clinchfield and Ohio (CC&O) Railroad Company decided to build a line there around the turn of the 19th century, and citizens began to plan for rapid growth. Home to a thriving artisan center, Chesnee also hosts annual festivals and continues its rich agricultural history with one of the state's largest pick-your-own farms for local flavor.
Cowpens is Americana at its best! Historical sites abound from the Cowpens National Battlefield to the World War II Veterans Memorial Park and Museum. During the Mighty Moo Festival, crew members of the USS Cowpens CVL 25, who served in WWII are honored each year. The festival includes a beauty pageant, golf tournaments, carnival rides, and fireworks. At the Cowpens Depot Museum, guests can learn more about this area's rich history. Great dining and shopping are also available locally.
For those interested in golf, visit River Falls in Duncan. It’s an 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf course open to golfers of all skill levels. Enjoy the scenery and play a few holes! Finally, when the day is done, rest your weary head at the classic Walnut Lane Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lyman.
Located in the western part of Spartanburg County, this area went by the names of New Hope and Vernonsville until 1881, when the town was named after Leroy Duncan as part of a deal which included Mr. Duncan's providing the land to the townspeople for city streets. Duncan in expanding with golf courses, restaurants, and businesses. It's a favorite location for employees with BMW as it is close to Greer and a great mid-way point between Greenville and Spartanburg downtowns.
One of the state's fastest growing cities, Greer offers big-city amenities with a small-town feel. Families and young professionals have discovered the city's first-rate services, outstanding park facilities, and recreation programs. Downtown Greer, known locally as Greer Station, has become a destination in itself with approximately 12 square blocks of retail, dining, entertainment, and professional service organizations. Greer Station has more than 40 buildings on the National Historic Register.
Inman is a small, enterprising community with a wide selection of places to visit and things to do. The historic storefronts of Inman's walkable downtown offer numerous shopping and dining options. Fishing and water sports opportunities abound at Lake Bowen. From festivals to farmers' markets to outdoor activities, families are sure to find something for everyone in this quaint town.
The City of Landrum was founded in 1880 and incorporated in 1912. Located west of Interstate 26 between Spartanburg, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina, Landrum is nestled against the backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Residents and visitors alike enjoy drives along scenic roads, strolling through antique and specialty shops, and dining in Landrum's eateries.
The town of Lyman originally grew around a store owned by Augustus Belton Groce, and was even called Groce Stop at one time. It eventually flourished as a textile town until 2005 when the last mill closed. Today, many people enjoy Lyman for its recreational activities such as Lake Lyman or its creativity through the Creative Hands Artisan Center for classes in watercolor, jewelery making, and pottery.
Pacolet is located in the Southeastern tip of Spartanburg County and encompasses a unique blend of history, culture, and progress. The town's most valuable natural resource is the Pacolet River where its heritage really begins. The landscape is not all that charms you about Pacolet. Specialized tours and festivals provide a glimpse of the past with a venue for the future. "Close to everything, far from ordinary" is more than just Pacolet's community slogan; it's a new attitude.
This small town of 1.4 square miles was settled in the late 1700s by Pennsylvania Irish settlers and Irish citizens who immigrated through the port of Charleston. In 1871, the Reidville Female College became one of the first facilities for higher education for women in the upstate of South Carolina. This and the Reidville Male Academy survived the Civil War when the Reverend Reid (whom the town was named after) persuaded troops not to burn the academies. These buildings and numerous others are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The City of Spartanburg is the seat of Spartanburg County and is historically southern and culturally modern. The mild climate, with its four distinct seasons, provides fine weather for outdoor activities year-round. The city of nearly 40,000 - which is a part of a metropolitan area of approximately 280,000 - is conveniently situated at the junction of I-85 and I-26, making it easily accessible to both mountain and beach resorts. Spartanburg is known for its beauty, quality of life, and friendly people.
Wellford is the oldest town of the Wellford-Duncan-Lyman trio. Fishing in Lake Cooley is a delight, as is relaxing in the nearby park and picnic area. Or pack up your family and head to the Hollywild Animal Park featuring an outback safari ride, feeding areas, and picnic areas for you and your own herd. Be sure to visit during the holidays for the award-winning Holiday Lights Safari Benefit.
Most of the early settlers came to Woodruff from Virginia and North Carolina. They were primarily veterans of the Revolution and their families. Visitors interested in life during these times may explore the Thomas Price House. Built in 1875, The Price House is now a house museum with an authentic slave cabin. Local farm tours are available for groups interested in a hayride and an outdoor learning experience. Foodies will delight in the special restaurants in the area.
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