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The Midlands and Upstate Travel Guide

Plan Your The Midlands and Upstate Vacation

South Carolina's Midlands, between the coastal Lowcountry and the mountains, is a varied region of swamps and flowing rivers, fertile farmland—perfect for horse-raising—and hardwood and pine forests. Lakes have wonderful fishing, and the many state parks are popular for hiking, swimming, and camping. Small old towns with mansions-turned-bed-and-breakfasts are common, and the many

public gardens provide islands of color during most of the year.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Small-town charm Small towns—most complete with shady town squares, jewel-box shops, and a café—dot this region. Abbeville and Aiken are a couple of the nicest.
  2. Rafting the Chattooga The fact that the movie Deliverance was filmed here doesn't scare away rafting enthusiasts from some of the best white water in the country. Deliverance was filmed here doesn't scare away rafting enthusiasts from some of the best white water in the country.
  3. Antiquing in Camden Camden's Art and Antique District, which comprises most of the downtown area, is a trove of well-priced furniture, ironwork, and high-quality paintings.
  4. Congaree Swamp National Park Wander through 20 miles of trails or follow the 2½-mile boardwalk that meanders over lazy creeks and under massive hardwoods.
  5. Waterfalls There are more than 25 waterfalls in the Upstate; some, like 75-foot Twin Falls, are an easy walk from the road. Others, such as Raven Cliff Falls, are a 2-mile hike away.

When To Go

When to Go

Central South Carolina comes alive in spring, beginning in early March, when the azaleas, dogwoods, wisteria, and jasmine turn normal landscapes i...

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