South Carolina Highway 11

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SC 11 marker

SC 11
Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length: 119.8 mi[1] (192.8 km)
Existed: 1922 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-85 outside of Fair Play
  US 123 / US 76 near Westminster
US 178
I-26 near Campobello
US 25 near Travelers Rest
I-85 in Gaffney
North end: SC 150 in Gaffney
Location
Counties: Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee
Highway system
SC 10 SC 12

The Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC 11) winds its way through Upstate South Carolina. Following the southernmost peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the route is surrounded with peach orchards, quaint villages, and parks. It is an alternative to Interstate 85 and has been featured by such publications as National Geographic, Rand McNally and Southern Living.[2]

Route description[edit]

Highway 11 begins as an intersection off Interstate 85 in southern Oconee County, 0.6 mi (1 km) from the South Carolina and Georgia border.[3]

History[edit]

The current highway was once part of the "Cherokee Path" or "Keowee Path," this road was the route used by the Cherokee Indians and the English and French fur traders and stretched from Tennessee to Charleston, South Carolina. This National Scenic Byway winds its way through The Upstate and passes through some towns, such as Walhalla, Marietta, Campobello, Chesnee, and Gaffney. Echoes of the area's Cherokee heritage can still be heard in places and river names like Seneca, Savannah, Keowee, Jocassee, Enoree, Toxaway, Tugaloo, Tokena, and Eastatoee.

In the city of Gaffney, east of I-85, SC 11 is known as "Floyd Baker Boulevard," which is a well-known street name in The Upstate. This section of SC 11 is a vast contrast to the rest of the route. At this point the highway becomes heavily congested and developed. Gaffney is also the biggest town along the route.

Major Intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Oconee   0.0 0.0 I-85 – Greenville, Atlanta I-85 exit 1; southern terminus
  9.9 15.9 SC 24 (Oak Highway) – Westminster, Townville
  13.3 21.4 US 123 (Sandifer Boulevard) / US 76 – Westminster, Seneca
West Union 19.6 31.5 SC 28 (Blue Ridge Boulevard) – Walhalla, Seneca To St. John's Lutheran Church
  23.8 38.3 SC 183 (Pickens Highway) – Walhalla
  25.8 41.5 Oconee Station Road To Oconee Station State Historic Site
  32.6 52.5 SC 130 – Salem, Cashiers To Whitewater Falls and Bad Creek Project
Keowee River 37.2 59.9 Bridge over Keowee River
Pickens Keowee-Toxaway S.P. 38.8 62.4 SC 133 south (Crowe Creek Road) – Six Mile, Clemson
  47.3 76.1 US 178 (Moorefield Memorial Highway) – Rosman, Pickens To Sassafras Mountain and Hagood Mill
  56.2 90.4 SC 8 south (Pumpkintown Highway) – Easley, Pickens South end of SC 8 overlap
  56.9 91.6 SC 8 north (Ceasars Head Highway) – Caesars Head State Park North end of SC 8 overlap
Greenville   58.2 93.7 US 276 west (Geer Highway) – Caesars Head State Park West end of US 276 overlap
Cleveland 63.6 102.4 US 276 east (Geer Highway) – Marietta, Travelers Rest East end of US 276 overlap
  68.1 109.6 US 25 – Greenville, Hendersonville
  74.6 120.1 SC 101 south / Old State Highway 11 – Greer To Poinsett Bridge
Gowensville 82.2 132.3 SC 14 – Landrum, Greer
Spartanburg Campobello 86.2 138.7 US 176 (Main Street) – Landrum, Spartanburg
  89.7 144.4 I-26 – Columbia, Asheville I-26 exit 5
New Prospect 93.4 150.3 SC 9 – Mill Spring, Spartanburg
Chesnee 105.6 169.9 US 221 – Rutherfordton, Spartanburg South end of US 221 Alt overlap
Cherokee Cowpens N.B. 107.9 173.6
US 221 Alt. north (Cliffside Highway) / SC 110 east (Battleground Road) – Forest City, Cowpens
North end of US 221 Alt overlap
Gaffney 117.8 189.6 I-85 – Spartanburg, Charlotte I-85 exit 92
119.6 192.5 SC 18 east (Logan Street) – Shelby East end of SC 18 overlap
119.7 192.6 US 29 (Granard Street) – Blacksburg, Spartanburg
119.8 192.8 SC 18 west (Fredrick Street) / SC 150 (Limestone Street) – Union, Pacolet, West end of SC 18 overlap; northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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