The Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you to visit these points of interest. (Many of these sites are just off of Interstate 95, Interstate 26, and on the S.C. National Heritage Corridor Trail.)
If you take Exit 98 off of I-95, your choices for adventure are many. Travel down Highway 6 westward and the entrance to Santee State Park will be about a mile on your right. If you travel west about seven miles on Highway 6, you will enter the charming historic Town of Elloree. The possibilities for enjoyment abound in this small town. Now head back east along Highway 6 back into Santee. In the heart of the Town of Santee is the town complex, which includes a beautifully renovated schoolhouse that serves as the town’s cultural arts/tourism center. Farther up Highway 6 traveling eastward, you will see the Santee Cooper Country tourism center, which is open seven days a week. About eight miles on the left, you can stop in at Indian Bluff Park for picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking and enjoying family fun. As you continue to travel east along Highway 6 into Eutawville, you will come upon the enchanting Parish House Tea Room, the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Eutaw Springs and the historic Eutaw Springs Battleground.
Santee State Park
251 State Park Road,
Santee, SC 29142
I-95/Exit 98 Santee (Take Highway 6 west about three miles. Take a right onto State Park Road.)
Located in the heart of Santee Cooper Country, this 2,496-acre park offers a nature center, 10 pier-based cabins and 20 lakefront cabins, as well as two lakefront camping areas. There are biking and hiking trails available for your enjoyment year-round as well. A sportsman’s paradise, this park is known for its catfish, largemouth and striped bass fishing, and is the site of numerous fishing tournaments. OPEN YEAR ROUND.
Elloree Old Town District and Elloree Heritage Museum & Cultural Center (S.C. National Heritage Corridor)
Cleveland Street, Elloree, SC 29047
(888) 711-1886 or (803) 897-2821
I-95/Exit 98 Santee (Take Highway 6 west about seven miles into Elloree.) The Elloree Old Town District features buildings that date back to the 1900s, antique shops, gift boutiques, an art gallery, arts and craft stores and restaurants that are open daily throughout the year. The town has many festivals and events. Visit the town’s website at www.elloreesouthcarolina.com. The truly fascinating Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center has first-rate quality exhibits, which depict an exciting and educational view of the Elloree area’s rural past. The website is email@example.com. HOURS OF OPERATION: Wednesdays-Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Town of Santee Cultural Arts Center (the renovated Old Parler School – S.C. National Heritage Corridor)
In the Town Complex at 176 Brooks Boulevard, Santee, SC 29142
(803) 854-2152 • (866) 272-6833
I-95/Exit 98 Santee
Take Highway 6 west to the first traffic light. At the light, take a left onto Bass Drive. Drive about a mile and you will see the Town of Santee Town Complex sign on your left directly beside the fire department. Take a left by the fire department. Drive about two-tenths of a mile to the town complex. Old Parler School, which is the Cultural Arts Center, will be on your right. The website is www.santeetourism.com. HOURS OF OPERATION: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. weekdays.
Santee Cooper Country (tourism center)
9302 Highway 6, Santee, SC 29142
803-854-2131 or 800-227-8510
I-95/Exit 98 Santee (Take Highway 6 east for about one mile and Santee Cooper Country will be a cute country cottage on your right.) This tourism center features a wealth of knowledge about fishing, golfing, camping, boating and other Santee Cooper lakes area activities and entertainment. The website is www.santeecoopercountry.org. HOURS OF OPERATION: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Indian Bluff Park (Orangeburg County park)
Highway 6, Eutawville, SC 29048
I-95/Exit 98 Santee (Take Highway 6 from Santee east toward Eutawville for 8.2 miles. Indian Bluff Park will be on your left.)
Indian Bluff Park is a free- to-the-public county boat landing and family fun park. It features boat ramps, fishing pier, picnic tables and grills, sheltered picnic area, children’s play area, restrooms and a bath house, extended boardwalks for nature lovers, attendant on the property, expansive view of Lake Marion. There is no admission charge. HOURS OF OPERATION: Sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.
The Parish House (historic house/tea room/gift shop - S.C. National Heritage Corridor)
226 Porcher Avenue, Eutawville, SC 29048
I-95/Exit 98 Santee (Take Highway 6 east, about nine miles into Eutawville.)
The Parish House, a stop on the S.C. Heritage Corridor, was built in the mid-1820s in Pineville. When that village was abandoned in the early 1830s because of fever epidemics, the house was disassembled and moved to Eutawville by mule team. In 1935, the property was donated to the Church of the Epiphany and was long used for church meetings and activities. Currently, Toni Scott operates The Parish House as a public tea room and restaurant. HOURS OF OPERATION: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., seven days a week.
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
211 Epiphany Road, Eutawville, SC 29048
I-95/Exit 98 Santee (Take Highway 6 east, about nine miles into Eutawville.)
Located in Eutawville, this church was built in 1849 to accommodate the residents of the village who made their summer homes in the cool pine forest of Eutaw. The lovely church is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until dark, and visitors are always welcome. Call (803) 492-7644 to arrange group tours.
Eutaw Springs and Eutaw Springs Battleground
I-95/Exit 98 (Take Highway 6 east, about nine miles into Eutawville.)
Visit the beautiful bubbly, clear water at Eutaw Springs. The Battle of Eutaw Springs monument marks the site of the last major American Revolutionary War battle fought in the Carolinas (Sept. 8, 1781). There are many hiking trails, as well as access to the Palmetto Trail. Admission is free. The website is firstname.lastname@example.org. HOURS OF OPERATION: Daylight hours, seven days a week.
The Depot and Holly Hill Community Center (S.C. National Heritage Corridor)
8603 Old State Road, Holly Hill, SC 29059
I-95/Exit 90 (Take Highway 176 east, about seven miles. Highway 176 becomes Old State Road — which is Holly Hill’s “main street.” The Depot is just past Hardee’s on your left.)
(888) 568-5646 or (803) 496-3831
This beautiful old train depot, an official site on the S.C. National Heritage Corridor, serves as the Holly Hill office of the Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Holly Hill Visitor and Information Center and a mini-museum and community center for Holly Hill. The website is www.tri-crcc.com. HOURS OF OPERATION: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. weekdays. Or, citizens can book the community center for events on weekdays, evenings or weekends by calling town hall at (803) 496-3330.
Francis Folk Park
Unity Road, Holly Hill, SC 29059
I-95/Exit 90 (Take Highway 176 east, about seven miles. Highway 176 becomes Old State Road — which is Holly Hill’s “main street.” Take a left by Kentucky Fried Chicken onto Gardner Boulevard. Take the first right onto Peake Street and then the first left onto Unity Road.)
(803) 496-3330 (town hall)
Lighted baseball field and restrooms. Playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts planned in the near future.
Roy Gilmore Park
Park Circle, Holly Hill, SC 29059
I-95/Exit 90 (Take Highway 176 east, about seven miles. Highway 176 becomes Old State Road — which is Holly Hill’s “main street.” Turn right at the railroad track and cross Gilway Street. Take the first street to the right.)
The park features tennis courts and a picnic area.
The Klauber Building (S.C. Heritage Corridor)
225 Parler Avenue, St. George, SC 29477
1-800-788-5646 or (843) 563-8187
The historical Klauber Building serves as the St. George office of the Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the St. George Visitor and Information Center and a town museum. HOURS OF OPERATION: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays.
Francis Beidler Forest in Four Holes Swamp (S.C. Heritage Corridor)
336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville, SC 29448
I-95/Exit 82 Harleyville (Highway 178 East. Take a left onto Beidler Forest Road.)
Explore the largest remaining virgin stand of tupelo gum and bald cypress trees in the world. This 11,000-acre riverine sanctuary embraces 1,800 acres of ancient trees that tower over blackwater streams, clear pools and 300 species of wildlife. Take in nature’s wonders as you venture through the swamp on the elevated boardwalk. The walk is a little over 1-1/2 miles, with nine rest stops and two rain shelters along the way.
Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum (S.C. Heritage Corridor)
7204 Freedom Road, Branchville, SC
I-95/Exit 77 West (Take Highway 78 West, 10 miles to Branchville.)
Few realize that Branchville, South Carolina, is home to the world’s oldest railroad junction and was on the route of the country’s first scheduled train. The Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum now serves as a reminder of the years when the railroad industry was a dominant force in the U.S. Almost completely destroyed by a fire, the museum is almost fully restored thanks to the efforts of the citizens of Branchville.
I-95/Exit 77, St. George, Highway 78 East (Take Highway 15 South about five miles to SC1819 West, which is Wire Road. Take a right, and the church is at RD 71.) Appleby Church was founded in 1797. The building’s simple design shows the influence of the architecture used in Congregationalist churches of New England. The white frame structure features the typical dual front entry — one door for men, the other for women. The door at the rear was reserved for slaves. The congregation remained segregated throughout all services. Today, the church is used only once a year, for special homecoming services.
I-95/Exit 77, St. George, Highway 78 East (Take Highway 15 South about five miles to SC1819 West, which is Wire Road. Take a right, and the Koger House is on the I-95 frontage road at RD 19.) The Koger House is the oldest residence in Dorchester County. It was built for Joseph Koger, a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives 1801-1812, and was once a stagecoach inn.
Indian Field Campground
I-95 to I-26 East/Exit 172 (Take Highway 15 South about four miles and take a right at Indian Field Circle.) Indian Field is South Carolina’s largest Methodist campground and one of the most impressive sites in the state. Ninety-nine two-story, rustic, wooden buildings form a circle around the central tabernacle, where services are held during the last week in September. Three elaborate meals are served daily. Breakfast, dinner and supper are cooked on wood-burning stoves, as done centuries ago.
Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail
I-95/Exit 77, St. George (Take Highway 78 East to Highway 15. Take Highway 15 South to the Edisto River.)
The Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail is 56 miles of South Carolina’s meandering “blackwater” Edisto River. Located approximately 10 miles from St. George, the trail was an important waterway for commerce in Colonial times and for native Indians. The Edisto River is reported to be the world’s longest free flowing blackwater stream. For more information call the Chamber of Commerce at (800) 788-5646.