South Carolina Highway 61

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South Carolina Highway 61 marker

South Carolina Highway 61
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length: 67.3 mi[1] (108.3 km)
Existed: 1923 – present
Ashley River Road
Major junctions
West end: US 78 west of Branchville
East end: SC 30 in Charleston
Counties: Bamberg, Colleton, Dorchester, Charleston
Highway system
SC 60 SC 63

South Carolina Highway 61 (SC 61) is a 67.3-mile (108.3 km) long state highway in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The highway is designated on an east–west direction, from U.S. Route 78 (US 78) near Branchville to SC 30 in Charleston. The portion of SC 61 from Church Creek Bridge and 10 miles (16 km) north is designated a National Scenic Byway.[2]

Route description[edit]

St. Andrew's Boulevard[edit]

The eastern-most section of SC 61 is named St. Andrew's Boulevard. This section travels from US 17 to SC 171. It is mostly residential buildings that have been rezoned commercial.

Ashley River Road[edit]

Ashley River Road is the portion of SC 61 that travels through Charleston near the Ashley River from SC 171 to SC 165. It is four lanes near Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, but becomes two lanes through the scenic stretch. Along the two-lane stretch, there are many large oaks and historic plantations. The SC 61/Ashley River Road exit from Interstate 526 (I-526) actually exits onto SC 461 (Paul Cantrell Boulevard).

Points of interest along Ashley River Road:

Beech Hill Road[edit]

Beech Hill Road is the section of SC 61 that travels from SC 165 to US 17A. The Legend Oaks Plantation is south of this section of highway.

Augusta Highway[edit]

Augusta Highway is the longest section of SC 61 from US 17A to the westernmost end of SC 61 where it merges into US 78.

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Ashley River Road
Ashley River Road 2.9 mi N of Bees Ferry Rd 2.JPG
Ashley River Road 2.9 mi N of Bees Ferry Rd 2
Nearest city Summerville, South Carolina
Area 95 acres (38 ha)
Built 1691
Part of Ashley River Historic District (#93001514)
NRHP Reference # 83003831[3]
Added to NRHP November 21, 1983

Some or all of Ashley River Road was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[3][4][5] In 1993, it was included in the Ashley River Historic District.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Bamberg US 78 Western terminus
US 21
Colleton SC 217
Canadys US 15
SC 651
Dorchester Givhans SC 27

US 17 Alt. south
West end of Alt. US 17 overlap

US 17 Alt. north
East end of Alt. US 17 overlap
SC 165
Charleston Charleston SC 461
SC 7
SC 171
US 17
SC 30 Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Developers continue to build more homes further and further down Ashley River Road. A great deal of controversy was created about overdevelopment when the City of North Charleston annexed the 6,600-acre tract known as Watson Hill. The tract was sold by MeadWestvaco to private developers who then requested the annexation by North Charleston. The town of Summerville tried to rush an annexation to block North Charleston which ended in a court battle. Summerville later rescinded and backed away from its annexation attempt. The slump in the economy, 2008-2010, forced these developers to sell and the property was repurchased by MeadWestvaco.[6][7]

A recent public meeting suggested that if development is to occur, instead of widening Ashley River Road to alleviate congestion, Glenn McConnell Parkway, also known as SC 461, could be extended beyond its terminus at Bees Ferry Road.[citation needed] This is possible since Glenn McConnell Parkway travels parallel to SC 61.


  1. ^ Angel Fire's South Carolina Highway guide
  2. ^ Bill Information - South Carolina Legislature Online
  3. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Wylie, Suzanne Pickens; Norman McCorkle (August 23, 1983). "Ashley River Road" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ashley River Road, Charleston County (S.C. Hwy. 61 btw. Church Creek & S.C. Hwy. 165, Charleston & Summerville vicinities, Charleston & Dorchester Counties)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "A hurrah for Watson Hill". Post and Courier. 
  7. ^ "Public weighs in on Watson Hill". Post and Courier. 

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