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Scenic Drive - Highway 276 South Carolina

Updated on February 5, 2014

South Carolina Highway 276

Sign for Highway 276 in South Carolina's upstate region.
Sign for Highway 276 in South Carolina's upstate region. | Source

The upstate of South Carolina is one of the most beautiful areas of the south eastern United States and one of the best scenic roadways in the region is a 16 miles stretch of Highway 276 from Cleveland, South Carolina to Cedar Mountain, North Carolina. As you travel along this route you experience a 2,000 feet elevation climb and many breathtaking views of Table Rock, the odd granite outcropping that stands in stark contrast to the surrounding tree covered hills and mountains. It looms over you the entire trip as you climb into the mountains and it makes the experience truly unique. About halfway along the journey there is a small pullout on the road where you can park and walk to the Bald Rock overlook. From this exposed granite face you can see Table Rock and other views of the surrounding area. Be sure to bring binoculars as you can see the buildings of downtown Greenville, South Carolina on the horizon on clear days. As you continue upward into the mountains the highlight of the drive occurs when you reach the crest and pull into Ceasars Head State Park, which is an overlook that provides majestic elevated views of the entire region. The overlook is just a short walk from the parking lot and there is no entrance fee. At an elevation of 3,208 feet it offers views of Paris Mountain and the high rise office buildings of Greenville more than 35 miles away and several thousand feet below. In the other direction you can look down at the shear granite faces of Table Rock. It makes for a great trip, especially in October when the leaves are changing color and the air is cool and crisp. The photographs are from my latest trip along this route.

South Carolina Map with Route 276 Highlighted

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Scenic Drive Along South Carolina Highway 276

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Table Rock and Highway 276

Highway 276, Falling Leaves, and Table Rock
Highway 276, Falling Leaves, and Table Rock | Source

Fall Foliage and Highway 276

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Leaves Changing Color

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View of Paris Mountain and Greenville from Bald Rock

Paris Mountain (left) and Greenville (center) can be seen on the horizon
Paris Mountain (left) and Greenville (center) can be seen on the horizon | Source

View of Table Rock from Bald Rock

Another view of majestic Table Rock from the Bald Rock viewing area.
Another view of majestic Table Rock from the Bald Rock viewing area. | Source

Path to Ceasars Head Overlook

The walking path to the Ceasars Head overlook is just a short walk from the parking lot.
The walking path to the Ceasars Head overlook is just a short walk from the parking lot. | Source

Ceasars Head Overlook

The overlook provides amazing views of South Carolina's Piedmont region.
The overlook provides amazing views of South Carolina's Piedmont region. | Source

View from Ceasars Head Over Look

Ceasars Head Over Look, Highway 276
Ceasars Head Over Look, Highway 276 | Source

Table Rock from Ceasars Head Overlook

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Table Rock and Clouds

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Table Rock

The shear granite walls of Table Rock
The shear granite walls of Table Rock | Source

Morning Mist in the Valley Below

Looking east from the Ceasars Head overlook
Looking east from the Ceasars Head overlook | Source

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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the tour of a part of the country I have never seen. Great pictures.

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      theframjak 4 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for reading billybuc. It's always good to hear from you.

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      Big Dan 2 years ago

      Great photographs.. that area is incredible

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      theframjak 2 years ago from East Coast

      Thomdrilling, thanks for reading and thanks for the complement. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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