South Carolina Highway 253
|Maintained by SCDOT|
|Length:||19.4 mi (31.2 km)|
|Existed:||1939 – present|
|South end:||SC 124 in Parker|
|North end:||SC 414 in Tigerville|
South Carolina Highway 253 (SC 253) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It runs in Greenville and is the gateway to Paris Mountain State Park and runs from Parker to Tigerville.
The highway begins at the South Carolina Highway 124 (SC 124) near Parker and travels 0.5 mi (0.80 km) northeast to South Carolina Highway 183 (SC 183) as West Blue Ridge Drive. It then moves up to Sulphur Springs Road where the road changes to East Blue Ridge Drive before intersecting at Poinsett Highway on U.S. Highway 276 (US 276) before running concurrently on South Carolina Highway 291 (SC 291) as North Pleasantburg Drive for 0.16 mi (0.26 km) before turning left at Paris Mountain Road. After traveling 2.53 mi (4.07 km) and passing Greenvista Drive, SC 253 becomes East Mountain Creek Road and traveling and additional 6.71 mi (10.80 km) before intersecting with South Carolina Highway 290 (SC 290). SC 253 then turns left and goes 7.22 mi (11.62 km) before terminating at South Carolina Highway 414 in Tigerville.
SC 253 started in 1939 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 25 and US 276 to form an 11 mi (18 km) around Paris Mountain State Park, ending around Travelers Rest. Nine years later, SC 253 was reduced to secondary status with par of the road becoming county roads S-23-22. The road was resurrected in 1950 as a north-south road to Tigerville. In 1965, SC 253 was extended to South Carolina Highway 250 which is now part of U.S. Highway 25 (US 25) and then extended southwest again between 1968 and 1970 to its current terminus at SC 124.
Improvements to the road include the road being fully paved in 1941 or 1942, being four-laned with SC 291 between 1968 and 1970, and four-laned again for a distance south of US 276 in 1977.
The entire route is in Greenville County.
|Parker||0.0||0.0||SC 124 (Old Easley Highway) – Greenville, Easley||Southern terminus|
|0.5||0.80||US 25 (White Horse Road) to I-85 – Greenwood, Travelers Rest|
|2.3||3.7||SC 183 (Cedar Lane Road) – Greenville, Pickens|
|Sans Souci||4.5||7.2||US 276 (Poinsett Highway) – Greenville, Travelers Rest|
|4.7||7.6||SC 291 east (Pleasantburg Drive) – Wade Hampton|
|||13.6||21.9||SC 290 east (Locust Hill Road) – Greer||South end of concurrency with SC 290|
|||13.8||22.2||SC 290 west (Locust Hill Road) – Slater-Marietta||North end of concurrency with SC 290|
|Tigerville||19.4||31.2||SC 414 – Campobello, Slater-Marietta||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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