Weekend Trip: Unplug in the Untouched Old South 

Put down your phone and find adventure in this slice of South Carolina

When you think of taking a weekend trip to South Carolina, your first instinct might be to flit towards Charleston or Hilton Head Island. But if you’ve been in Charlotte long enough, chances are you’ve exhausted those destinations and you’re looking for an experience brimming with newness.

And have we got the spot for you.

While South Carolina’s Old 96 District is anything but new, it’s got plenty of activities, adventure, and natural beauty to ensure this southern gem is new-to-you. There’s something so inherently alluring about the Old South—the heritage and charm are two features you can’t recreate—and that’s what you’ll find in this western-South Carolina spot less than two hours from Charlotte’s city center.

Comprised of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick Counties (with three of them bordering Georgia), the Old 96 District allows you to unplug from your digital distractions and experience the rural beauty and mystique of the Old South. Don’t believe us?

Fast Stats about the Old 96 District

  • 100,000+ acres of water

  • 2,000+ miles of shoreline

  • 6 state parks on the water

  • 150+ biking and hiking trails



Things to Do in the Old 96 District

If you’re wondering what to do on your weekend away from the Queen City, we’ve gathered up some of the best activities this southwestern Carolina region offers. Being that the Old 96 District has plenty of rural lands to explore, our best recommendations center on disconnecting from the grid and taking a step back into a time when things were simpler.

Outdoor Activities

  • Camp on the shoreline of South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast where relaxing remoteness and stunning scenery are always abundant

  • Bike and hike many miles of undiscovered trails

  • Fish for striped and largemouth bass, bluegill bream, catfish, crappie, and trout around sunset

  • Kayak and paddleboard along the pristine waters of the lakes

  • Golf on one of the numerous championship golf courses or try your swing at a 9-hole course—all levels are welcome

  • Hunt in the Wildlife Management Areas designated for sporting and recreational opportunities

Besides the countless outdoor adventures you’ll experience in the Old 96 District, there are also historical sites, arts, family activities, and even breweries to become acquainted with. If you’re not camping at one of the waterfront state parks, you can settle in at a quaint bed and breakfast or a nearby resort.

But, of course, adventure starts where your comfort ends. Will you put down the phone and find respite in Old 96?