South Carolina Highway 3

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SC 3 marker

SC 3
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length: 95.8 mi[1] (154.2 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 278 southeast of Varnville
  US 601 east of Estill
US 321 in Estill
US 301 southwest of Allendale
US 278 south of Barnwell
US 278 / SC 64 / SC 70 in Barnwell
US 78 in Blackville
SC 4 east of Springfield
US 178 northwest of North
North end: US 321 in Swansea
Counties: Jasper, Hampton, Allendale, Barnwell, Orangeburg, Lexington
Highway system
SC 2 SC 4

South Carolina Highway 3 (SC 3) is a state highway in the southern part of the U.S. state of South Carolina. The highway runs 95.8 miles (154.2 km) in a C-shape from a point approximately 11 miles (18 km) southeast of Varnville northwest and north to Barnwell, and then northeast to Swansea.

Route description[edit]

Jasper, Hampton, and Allendale counties[edit]

SC 3 begins at an intersection with US 278 in rural Jasper County. The route heads northwest, and crosses into Hampton County. Continuing northwest, it intersects US 601 before a brief concurrency with US 321 in Estill. The highway continues northwest into Allendale County. After crossing into the county, SC 3 turns north and intersects US 301 approximately 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Allendale. The route continues north until it enters Barnwell County.

Bamberg, Orangeburg, and Lexington counties[edit]

Just after the county line, SC 3 turns northeast and intersects US 278 just before the Salkehatchie River, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Barnwell. US 278/SC 3 form a concurrency into Barnwell. In town, SC 3 splits off to the northeast, intersecting SC 64 and SC 70. The highway heads northeast to Blackville, where it crosses US 78. It then heads northward, crossing the South Fork of the Edisto River, where it enters Orangeburg County. Just before the river, the route begins its last northeastern orientation, passing just east of Springfield, intersecting SC 3 Business and SC 4. SC 3 heads northeast, skirting the Aiken County line, before entering Lexington County. Approximately 7 miles (11 km) northeast of the county line, SC 3 meets its northern terminus, at its second intersection with US 321 in the southern part of Swansea.


A previous version of SC 3 existed as an original state route, running from Columbia to Sumter, Florence, and Mullins before crossing the North Carolina state line where US 76 does today. In 1927, the route was renumbered as various US highways.

The current version of SC 3 was established in 1928 as a renumbering of the closing SC 1. It originally ran from Allendale to DIxiana.

In 1938, the northern terminus was extended about 3 miles north to West Columbia. In 1939, however, it was pushed back south to Dixiana. In that same year, the southern terminus was extended southward a short distance to Barton. In 1948, the northern terminus was again pushed back, this time to Swansea. The southern terminus was also pushed north back to Allendale. Five years later, in 1953, the southern terminus was moved up north to Barnwell.

In the early 1960s, the northern terminus was extended up to Dixiana once again. In 1962, the highway was extended southward to US 321 in southwest Allendale County. In 1971, the northern terminus was once again moved back south to Swansea. In 1972, the southern terminus was moved southeast to Grays, giving us the current SC 3 routing.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Jasper Grays 0.0 0.0 US 278 (Grays Highway) – Ridgeland, Hilton Head Southern terminus
Hampton Estill 11.8 19.0 US 601 (Savannah Highway) – Furman, Hampton
15.1 24.3 US 321 (Columbia Highway) South end of US 321 concurrency
15.3 24.6 US 321 (Columbia Highway) – Columbia North end of US 321 concurrency
Allendale Allendale 36.3 58.4 US 301 (Burton's Ferry Highway) – Sylvania (GA), Allendale
43.4 69.8 SC 125 (Augusta Highway) – Savannah (GA), Savannah River Plant, Allendale
Barnwell Barnwell 54.2 87.2 US 278 South end of US 278 concurrency
55.5 89.3 US 278 (Jackson Street) – Aiken, Augusta (GA) North end of US 278 concurrency
56.4 90.8 SC 64 (Patterson Street)
57.0 91.7 SC 70 (Main Street) – Savannah River Site, Denmark
Blackville 66.5 107.0 US 78 (Dexter Street) – Williston, Denmark
Orangeburg Springfield 75.5 121.5
SC 3 Bus. (Railroad Avenue) – Springfield
Southern terminus of SC 3 Business
76.5 123.1 SC 4 (Neeses Highway) – Springfield, Neeses
77.5 124.7
SC 3 Bus. (Springfield Road)
Northern terminus of SC 3 Business
Salley 83.5 134.4 SC 389 (Ninety 6 Road) – Saluda
84.3 135.7 SC 394 (Salley Road) – North
Lexington Woodford 89.2 143.6 US 178 (Main Street) / North Road
Swansea 95.8 154.2 US 321 (Savannah Highway) – Columbia Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related route[edit]

SC 3 Business
Location: Springfield
Length: 2.8 mi[3] (4.5 km)

South Carolina Highway 3 Business (SC 3 BUS) begins at an intersection with the SC 3 mainline, southeast of Springfield. It heads northwest into the city, along Railroad Avenue, to an intersection with SC 4. The two routes share a very brief concurrency to the northeast in town. SC 3 Business continues northeast until it meets its northern terminus, another intersection with SC 3, northeast of Springfield.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Orangeburg County.

Location mi[3] km Destinations Notes
Springfield 0.0 0.0 SC 3 (Capital Way) – Blackville, Swansea Southern terminus
1.4 2.3 SC 4 (Springfield Road) – Aiken Southern end of SC 4 concurrency
1.7 2.7 SC 4 (Neeses Highway) – Neeses Northern end of SC 4 concurrency
2.8 4.5 SC 3 (Capital Way) – Blackville, Swansea Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Google (February 1, 2013). "Route of SC 3" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Roberson, Mike (November 26, 2006). "SC 1 to 9 - Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page". Angelfire. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Google (February 1, 2013). "Route of SC 3 Business" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to South Carolina Highway 3 at Wikimedia Commons