Backroads of South Carolina: Your Guide to South Carolina's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures

Backroads of South Carolina: Your Guide to South Carolina's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures



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Backroads of South Carolina: Your Guide to South Carolina's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures by Paul M. Franklin, Nancy Joyce Mikula

To travel South Carolina is to journey through American history-from the meeting place of Hernando DeSoto and the Queen of Cofitachiqui in 1540 to Albemarle Point on the Ashley River, the first permanent European settlement established by the English in 1670; from Sullivans Island, where outgunned patriots gave the American cause its first victory in 1776 to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. In Backroads of South Carolina, the rich heritage of the state, one of the original thirteen colonies, unfolds along with its rich natural history and scenic splendors.

This guide leads adventurers on more than thirty drives through South Carolinas great historical and natural attractions, from the lowlands of the Atlantic coastal region to the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Authors Paul Franklin and Nancy Mikula highlight the states strong agricultural and industrial roots-its rice, cotton, indigo, and textile milling industries-as well as the place of its historical plantations in the story of the slave trade and early African-American life.

Culture and history, nature and outdoor adventure, business and recreation: Whatever draws you to South Carolina, this book is the consummate host, conducting tourist and resident alike along the states most intriguing back roads and bi-ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760326404
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 12/15/2006
Series: Backroads Of ... Series
Edition description: First
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Paul Franklin is a travel photographer and writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications, including Yankee, WoodenBoat, Travel America, Coast to Coast, Harrowsmith, and others. Paul also photographed Voyageur Press’ Our Washington, D.C. and The Barnes and Noble Complete Guide to the Public Parks and Gardens of Washington, D.C. He has authored numerous books, including the Eyewitness Travel Guides Canada and Southwest USA & Las Vegas, and the AAA Spiral Guide to Washington, D.C. He recently collaborated with Nancy Mikula on South Carolina’s Plantations and Historic Homes for Voyageur Press. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the American Society of Travel Writers.


Author and researcher Nancy Mikula has a passion for exploring backroads and discovering little-known historic sites. Her articles on travel, historic, and human-interest subjects have appeared in numerous magazines in the United States and Canada, including Maturity, Leisureways, and Writer’s Digest. In addition to collaborating on South Carolina’s Plantations and Historic Homes, she recently authored the DK Top Ten Guide to Santa Fe, the DK Top Ten Guide to San Antonio. She is co-author of several books, including the Eyewitness Travel Guide Arizona & the Grand Canyon. She spends her winters enjoying the warmth of coastal South Carolina.


Table of Contents






Part I                   Charleston and the Low Country

Southern Charm and the Sea Islands: Beaufort to Hunting Island Beach

Ruins and Rivers: Beaufort, Old Sheldon Church, Tomotley Plantation, and Frampton Plantation

Broad River Ramble: South Carolina Highway 462 South to Pickney Island

Cherry Cider and Salt Marshes: Gardens Corner to Bennetts Point

History and Mystery on the Last Sea Island: ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge to Edisto Island

Sea Islands and Ancient Oaks: Johns Island to Folly Beach

Ashley River Road National Scenic Byway: Charleston to Francis Beidler Forest

Part II                  Northern Coast and the Grand Strand

Along the Undiscovered Coast: Charleston to McClellanville

Salt Marshes, Sand, and Sea: McClellanville to Murrells Inlet


Part III                Columbia and the Sandhills

Cotton Country: Blenheim to Bisphopville

Cypress Swamps and Chinese Swans: Congaree National Park to Sumter

Watermelons, Sandhills, and Jazz: Lancaster to Cheraw

The Old Stagecoach Road: Newberry to Winnsboro

Three Towns, Three Centuries: Winnsboro to Ridgeway, Camden, and Boykin


Part IV                 The Savannah River and the Southeast Piedmont
Mansions, Murals, and Gardens: Walterboro to Denmark to Edisto Gardens A Ramble Through Horse Country: Aiken to Redcliffe Plantation to Barnwell


Part V                  The Lake Country: The Southwest Piedmont

The Seeds of History: Abbeville to Greenwood to Ninety Six National Historic Site and the Gardens of Park Seed Company

Sarah Bernhardt Slept Here: Abbeville to Due West and Back

Roaming Around Lake Country: Clemson to Lake Hartwell to Belton to Callaham Orchard

South Carolina’s Cradle of Secession: Ninety Six National Historic Site to Edgefield and Trenton

Savannah River National Scenic Byway: Calhoun Falls to McCormick


Part VI                 Peach Country: The Northwest Piedmont

Renaissance, Roses, and Rebellion: Chester to Union to Sumter National Forest

Peaches and Patriots: Brattonsville to Kings Mountain

Along the Cawtawba River: Chester to Andrew Jackson State Park


Part VII               The Up Country

Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway: Lake Hartwell to Wallhalla to the Chattooga River

Paradise and the Path of Failed Dreams: Walhalla to Whitewater Falls

Into the Great Blue Hills of God: Salem to U.S. Highway 25

Morgan’s Triumph: U.S. Highway 25 to Gaffney

Mysteries, Bridges, and Byways: Poinsett Bridge to Campbell’s Covered Bridge

Mills and Mountains: Easley to Golden Creek, Hagood, and Meece Mills

Waterfalls and Hidden Valleys: Pendleton to Twin Falls and Eastatoe Valley

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Aiken Standard (SC), Dec. 23, 2006

“Captures the essence of those lazy, narrow byways in lively prose and brilliant full-color photography.”

The Sandlapper Magazine of South Carolina, Summer 2007

“In 24 driving tours – complete with detailed route directions and maps – you’ll visit pristine, surf-tossed ocean beaches, tidal wetlands alive with thousands of birds and postcard-pretty southern towns filled with galleries, shops and gardens.”

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