Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway

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Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway

South Carolina

(864) 242-9733

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Not only does the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway provide users with gorgeous scenic views, but it also gives tourists a glimpse village life as the byway winds through peach orchards and villages. It passes by the historic Cowpens National Battlefield (administered by the United States Park Service), past various state parks, and over Lake Keowee. This byway follows a former Cherokee path. It leaves I-85 at Gaffney and makes a 130-mile arc over Lake Keowee to meet 1-85 again. Visitors from near and far will come to appreciate the pristine, beautiful lakes and streams that wind through the green hills that are covered in lush green vegetation. By driving on the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway you will gain a newfound sense of the South's natural beauty. The area is famous for being known by the Cherokee Indians as the "Great Blue Hills of God". Therefore, it is quite easy to understand why the people of this ancient tribe made this area their home.

Map of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway

Latitude, Longitude: 35.073624, -81.648667



  • Auto/Motorcycle

    It takes approximately 3 hours to drive the byway.

  • Camping

    There are places to camp along this byway.

  • Historic Sites

    Once known as "Keowee Path" or "Cherokee Path," this 130-mile road was used by the Cherokees and the English and French fur traders. Looming majestically beyond the low, soft hills of the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge escarpment thrills the soul of the mountain lover. Cherokee Foothill Tour takes one day to complete.



From Atlanta, Georgia: Take Interstate 85 north to the South Carolina state line. The Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway starts at Exit 1, which is found just after the welcome center.

Phone Numbers


(864) 242-9733