As autumn’s gentle touch graces the Palmetto State, South Carolina’s diverse tourism regions come alive with vibrant fall foliage and a plethora of nature-based outdoor activities. Join us on a journey through each of these enchanting regions, where you can experience the best that South Carolina has to offer during this magnificent season.
Beginning in the north-west region of our state, the Upcountry region is graced with stunning mountain vistas and is a prime destination for fall foliage viewing. Drive along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway or hike to Issaqueena Falls at the Stumphouse Tunnel Park in Walhalla, SC. For first-hand updates on peak color, check out the Fall Foliage reports from Ranger Scott at Table Rock State Park and view the live webcam.
2. Lake Hartwell Country:
Just to the south of the mountains is Lake Hartwell Country, a haven for water enthusiasts. Explore the tranquil waters of Lake Hartwell, Jocassee or Keowee while being surrounded by the breathtaking hues of autumn. If you are looking for a bit more adventure, explore the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.
3. Olde English District
Discover the Olde English District’s rolling hills and charming towns as you embark on a scenic drive. Go pumpkin picking, explore history at Andrew Jackson State Park, or tee up at one of the regions golf courses.
4. Old 96 District
The Old 96 District boasts a rich history and stunning landscapes. Hike through Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area or explore the Revolutionary War history at Ninety Six National Historic Site, surrounded by the vibrant colors of autumn.
5. Capital City/Lake Murray Country
The Capital City region, centered around Columbia, is a gateway to Lake Murray Country’s natural beauty. Take a guided canoe tour of Congaree National Park, get lost in a corn maze, or hike the Peak to Prosperity Passage of the Palmetto Trail. Don’t miss the stunning vistas along Lake Murray’s shoreline as the leaves change color.
6. Thoroughbred Country:
Thoroughbred Country is known for its equestrian culture, and fall horseback rides through Aiken’s Hitchcock Woods offer a unique perspective on the changing seasons. Hikers and nature enthusiasts alike also visit the Woods to enjoy 70-miles of various trails.
8. Pee Dee Country:
9. Santee Cooper Country:
10. Myrtle Beach & The Grand Strand:
11. Historic Charleston & Resort Islands:
Charleston and its surrounding resort islands offer a rich tapestry of history and natural beauty and fall is an ideal time to explore. Stroll the gardens of Magnolia Plantation or visit the Caw Caw Interpretive Center to observe a variety of species in their natural habitats.
12. Lowcountry & Resort Islands:
The South Carolina Lowcountry Region offers a wide variety of activities, including the ACE Basin. The Basin has 350,000 acres of cypress swamps, saltwater marsh, beach, woodlands and small coastal communities bounded by the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto rivers. Take a tour with Coastal Expeditions or go birdwatching at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area.
South Carolina’s tourism regions offer something special for every traveler seeking to connect with nature and experience the beauty of fall. Whether you’re exploring the historic charm of the low country, paddling the midlands, or hiking in the Upstate, you’ll find that South Carolina’s fall season is a truly magical time to visit. Embrace the changing colors and embark on unforgettable adventures in this remarkable state.