Discover The Old 96 District!

Abbeville  |  Edgefield  |  Greenwood  |  Laurens  |  McCormick

Nestled in the Upper Western section of South Carolina, the Old 96 District is home to amazing outdoor adventures, a haven for history buffs and the location of the most remarkable attractions and places of interest. Come see our miles and miles of hiking, biking and walking trails or paddleboard across one of our pristine freshwater lakes. Step back in time to explore history that changed our culture and country, or embrace the up-and-coming with local shops, restaurants, and other small town delights.

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Outdoors

State Parks, Hiking, Biking, Hunting, Fishing, Boating & Golf

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Attractions

Arts & Culture, Museums, Farms, and More

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Shopping

Antiques, Local Crafts and Boutique Shops

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Historic Sites

The Old 96 District is Rich in History

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Stay

Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels, Campgrounds & Resorts

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Old 96 District Travel News

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The Old 96 District region has 5 Counties to Explore!

South Carolina’s Old 96 District, located in the western section of South Carolina, provides outdoor adventures, history and heritage, arts and culture and family fun for travelers! Comprised of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick Counties with 3 of 5 counties bordering Georgia, this region offers you an opportunity to experience rural beauty and Old South mystique.

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A statue of Dr. Mays in the center of the Dr. Benjamin Mays Historic Site in Greenwood, South Carolina on Friday, September 13, 2019. Copyright 2019 Jason Barnette

Benjamin E. Mays: Within His Star

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25 Discoveries on Highway 25

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Belmont Inn in Abbeville, SC

Fall Stays in Old 96 District

By Lori Blalock Fall in the South is sublime. With warm days and clear, crisp nights, it’s the ideal season for travel and road tripping. South Carolina’s Old 96 District is chock full of a variety of accommodations providing visitors the chance to unwind and take it easy after a full day of exploring. So,…

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Road Trip Itinerary Through South Carolina’s Old 96 District

by Jason Barnette Leaving the interstate highway behind, I quickly found myself on a two-lane road trip adventure rolling through peach farms in the South Carolina countryside. The sun beamed through the sprawl of massive oak trees, playing a pattern of light and shadow across the windshield of my rental car. Soon enough I discovered…

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Discovering a Passion at the Palmetto Shooting Complex

by Jason Barnette An orange disc hurled through the air. Bang! A moment later another orange disc. Bang! I lowered the shotgun and looked at the shattered pieces of sporting clays across the ground. I looked over at Tom who had a big smile on his face. “Got ‘em both. You’re a natural, Jason!”  I…

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Old 96 District: Roads Less Traveled

By Martha Steger The South Carolina welcome-center counselor’s face showed surprise when I said why I was traveling to the Old 96 District. “I’m just a sightseer,” I told her when she asked if I were visiting friends or family there.  Her facial expression reinforced that most people travel – whether to cities or rural areas – to…

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petting goats in the spring at Emerald Farm

Explore & More: SC Backroads

In central western South Carolina, just east of the Savannah River, Highways 81 and 72 intersect forming a triangle of backroad sites, sips, and stories bringing character and color to the Old 96 District. Explore & More: SC Backroads Old 96 District By Michael J. Solender SC Highway 81 Those taking their time along the…

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25 Discoveries on SC Highway 25

Alive with Adventure: 25 Discoveries on SC Highway 25 Advertisement By Michael J. Solender Traversing South Carolina’s Old 96 District from north to south, the ribbon of roadway known as Highway 25 delights travelers with surprising finds at nearly every stop. Intrepid travelers know the journey is indeed the destination, especially when it comes to…

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Old 96 District Mural Trail

OLD 96 DISTRICT MURAL TRAIL by Clayton Hensley A couple of decades ago, people were sending postcards to family and friends the old fashioned way, by snail mail.  Now in this age of Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook our selfies let everyone know where we’ve been and if there’s a mural nearby you can bet it’s …

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Hiking Through History- the Battle of Musgrove Mill

South Carolina is the site of many Revolutionary War battles and skirmishes, but the Battle of Musgrove Mill always struck us as a particularly interesting one. Today, the battlefield stands as the Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, where visitors can hike through history and learn about the battle hands-on. Like many State Parks,…

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Top 10 Things to Do this Spring

Take advantage of our suggestions for the top 10 things to do this Spring. The Old 96 District of South Carolina blossoms this spring with road trips and excursions across the counties of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, and McCormick.  1. Splash Around at Calhoun Falls State Park, Calhoun Falls, SC  The Spring temperatures are just…

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SC Festival of Flowers, A Blooming Good Time

Greenwood’s 54th annual Festival of Flowers showcases restorative natural beauty as a cause for celebration, inspiration, and promise.  By Michael J. Solender Though no record exists of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet ever visiting Greenwood, S.C., there’s no doubt he would have found great inspiration here especially during the community’s annual Festival of Flowers. Monet’s…

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A Getaway to Remember- Old 96 District

Guest blog by Gaines Huguley partner in Shafer& Huguley Communications Check out our News Break video where Gaines shares his experience at Sharon Manor with us!   Just before Christmas my wife, Kendall, and I made the short drive to Abbeville County in South Carolina. I was working on a special project requiring overnight accommodations…

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A Trail of Sweet Treats Through the Old 96 District

If there’s one thing we all love, it’s delicious food! Our five counties have a lot to offer for foodie-minded travelers, and we love showing off our bakeries, cakeries, holes-in-the-wall, and cafes. If there’s one type of food most people can unite over, it’s something sweet. We’ve gone ahead and prepared a trail-like crawl through…

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