The Towns of Spartanburg
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.
Central Pacolet is the smallest incorporated town within Spartanburg County. The town measures one mile along US Highway 150. Central Pacolet is a town within a town. Located in the center of the larger Pacolet, this small community maintains its own identity. Both towns of Pacolet support a six-mile walking loop creating the first totally walkable community in Spartanburg County.
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, crewmembers 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.
Located in the western part of Spartanburg County, this area went by the names New Hope and Vernonsville until 1881 when the town was named after Leroy Duncan as part of a deal which included Mr. Duncan providing the land to the townspeople for city streets. Duncan is expanding with golf courses, restaurants and businesses, as it’s a favorite location for BMW employees 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 Register of Historic Places.
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 outdoor activities, families are sure to find something for everyone in this quaint town.
The City of Landrum was founded in 1880 and incorporated 1883. Located just 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 unique antique and specialty shops, and dining in Landrum’s eateries.
From the scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the serene beauty of Lake Cooley, Lyman is a hidden gem in the upstate of South Carolina. Lyman offers nature at its best. With humble beginnings as a small farming community to a thriving textile hub, Lyman has evolved through the years to become a very progressive town and yet still maintains that small town charm. Lyman boasts the River Place Park located on the Middle Tyger River, a newly opened Farmers’ Market downtown, local artisan shops and fantastic home-style restaurants. There is certainly something for everyone.
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 river and surrounding landscape are moving the community and shaping the town’s future. Specialized tours and festivals provide a glimpse of the past with a venue for the future. “Let Us Move You” is more than Pacolet’s slogan; it is an economic development statement including all communities located along the Pacolet River Passage.
This small town of 1.4 square miles was settled in the late 1700’s by Pennsylvania Irish settlers and Irish citizens who immigrated through the sea 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 Reverend Reid (whom the town is named after) persuaded troops not to burn the academies. These building and numerous others are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Spartanburg is a city for people who like to get things done. When something doesn’t exist, we make it. When there’s an opportunity, we take it. When there’s fun, we have it. In our historic downtown, you can start the day with a cup of locally roasted coffee and end it next door with a pint of award-winning locally brewed beer. You can literally walk in the footsteps of legendary musicians on the Hub City Music Trail and then duck into one of several art galleries, museums, or the Showroom, a frequent host for musicians that are regulars on stages from Nashville to Austin. This is Spartanburg. Always Doing.
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 had come to Woodruff from Virginia and North Carolina. They were primarily veterans of the Revolution and their families. Today, visitors can see the past in the present at the Walnut Grove Plantation. Foodies will delight in the special restaurants in the area.