South Carolina Highway 11

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South Carolina Highway 11
Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length119.8 mi [1] (192.8 km)
Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway
Major junctions
South end I-85 outside of Fair Play
North end SC 150 in Gaffney
Counties Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee
Highway system
SC 10 SC 12

South Carolina Highway 11 (SC 11), also known as the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, is a state highway through the far north of South Carolina, following the southernmost peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The route is surrounded by peach orchards, quaint villages, and parks. It is an alternative to Interstate 85 (I-85) and has been featured by such publications as National Geographic, Rand McNally and Southern Living. [2]

Route description

Highway 11 in Oconee County

SC 11 is located entirely within the U.S. state of South Carolina, beginning in southern Oconee County as Exit 1 of Interstate 85 , 0.6 mi (1 km) from the South Carolina and Georgia border. After Oconee County, Highway 11 enters northern Pickens County, where bridges carry it over Lake Keowee and it passes near Table Rock State Park before it leaves the county. Next comes Greenville County, where Highway 11 runs together with U.S. Highway 276 for several miles near Cleveland before splitting off on a more westerly route and crossing U.S. Highway 25 near Tigerville. Highway 11 then enters northern Spartanburg County, where it has an interchange with Interstate 26 near Campobello and Landrum. Finally, Highway 11 passes into Cherokee County, crossing Interstate 85 near Gaffney and ending shortly thereafter.


The current highway was once part of the " Cherokee Path" or "Keowee Path," this road was the route used by the Cherokee Indians and the English and French fur traders and stretched from Tennessee to Charleston, South Carolina. This National Scenic Byway winds its way through Upstate South Carolina and passes through some towns, such as Walhalla, Marietta, Campobello, Chesnee, and Gaffney. Echoes of the area's Cherokee heritage can still be heard in places and river names like Seneca, Savannah, Keowee, Jocassee, Enoree, Toxaway, Tugaloo, Tokena, and Eastatoee.

In the city of Gaffney, east of I-85, SC 11 is known as "Floyd Baker Boulevard," which is a well-known street name in Upstate South Carolina.[ citation needed] This section of SC 11 is a vast contrast to the rest of the route. At this point the highway becomes heavily congested and developed. Gaffney is also the biggest town along the route.

Major intersections

CountyLocation mi [1] kmDestinationsNotes
Oconee0.00.0 I-85 – Atlanta, GreenvilleI-85 exit 1; southern terminus
9.915.9 SC 24 – Westminster, Townvilleinterchange
13.321.4 US 76 / US 123 – Westminster, Senecainterchange
West Union19.631.5 SC 28 (Blue Ridge Boulevard) – Walhalla, Highlands, Cashiers, Seneca, Oconee State Park, St. John's Lutheran Churchinterchange
23.838.3 SC 183 / Christophers Road – Walhalla, High Falls County Park, World of Energyinterchange
Picket Post25.841.5Oconee Station Road (S-37-95) - Oconee Station State Historic Site
32.652.5 SC 130 – Whitewater Falls, Cashiers, Salem, Camp Buc, Bad Creek Project, World of Energy
Pickens Keowee Toxaway SP38.862.4 SC 133 south (Crowe Creek Road) – Six Mile, Clemson, Mile Creek County Park
47.376.1 US 178 (Moorefield Memorial Highway) – Rosman, Pickens, Sassafras Mountain, Camp Hannon, McCall RA Camp, Hagood Mill
56.290.4 SC 8 south (Pumpkintown Highway) – Easley, PickensSouth end of SC 8 overlap
56.991.6 SC 8 north (Ceasars Head Highway) – Asbury Hills Camp, Caesars Head State Park, YMCA Camp GreenvilleNorth end of SC 8 overlap
Greenville58.293.7 US 276 west (Greer Highway) – Caesars Head, Asbury Hills Camp, Caesars Head State Park, YMCA Camp GreenvilleWest end of US 276 overlap
Cleveland63.6102.4 US 276 east (Greer Highway) – Marietta, Travelers RestEast end of US 276 overlap
Lima68.1109.6 US 25 to I-26 – Greenville, Hendersonvilleinterchange
74.6120.1 SC 101 south / S-23-912 – Greer, Blue Ridge Christian Academy, Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve
Gowensville82.2132.3 SC 14 – Landrum, Greer, North Greenville University
Spartanburg Campobello86.2138.7 US 176 (North Main Street) – Landrum, Spartanburg
89.7144.4 I-26 – Asheville, ColumbiaI-26 exit 5
New Prospect93.4150.3 SC 9 – Mill Spring, Spartanburg
Chesnee105.6169.9 US 221 (Alabama Avenue) – Rutherfordton, SpartanburgSouth end of US 221 Alt overlap
Cherokee Cowpens NB107.9173.6
US 221 Alt. north (Cliffside Highway) / SC 110 west (Battleground Road) – Forest City, Cowpens
North end of US 221 Alt overlap
Gaffney117.8189.6 I-85 – Charlotte, SpartanburgI-85 exit 92
119.6192.5 SC 18 east (North Logan Street) – Shelby, Spartanburgsouth end of SC 18 overlap
119.7192.6 US 29 (North Granard Street)
119.8192.8 SC 18 west (Frederick Street) / SC 150 (Limestone Street) – UnionNorth end of SC 18 overlap; northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes

Salem business loop

South Carolina Highway 11 Business
Location Salem, South Carolina

South Carolina Highway 11 Business (SC 11 Bus.) was a business route in Salem. It was established in 1971 from SC 11 west-northwest of the town to SC 11 north-northeast of the town. In 1976, it was decommissioned and was mostly downgraded to secondary roads, with the exception of a small portion of SC 130, which had been extended into Salem by this time.

Salem business loop

South Carolina Highway 11 Alternate
Location Chesnee, South Carolina
Existed c. 1940–

South Carolina Highway 11 Alternate (SC 11 Alt.) was an alternate route east of Chesnee. It was commissioned by 1940 between SC 11 and U.S. Route 221 (US 221; now US 221 Alternate) in the northwestern part of the Cowpens National Battlefield. At an unknown date, it was decommissioned and downgraded to a secondary road. It is now known as Edsel Drive.

See also


  1. ^ a b Google (July 15, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 11" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  2. ^ Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC 11) Archived 2007-11-27 at the Wayback Machine

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