The State of South Carolina welcomes riders with its southern charm, a variety of enjoyable motorcycle routes, and one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the nation. This state’s western section has great rolling rides through the mountains, while its eastern portion is lined with roads that cruise past South Carolina’s many beautiful beaches.
Riders who are looking for a scenic pleasure ride should head over to State Route 11, which is also known as the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway. This is a 112-mile route that travels between Fair Play and Gaffney and follows the Keowee Path, which was a footpath once used by Cherokees and fur traders. Today, it is a pretty two-lane road with a lot of straight a ways and some sweepers and elevation changes that cruises through South Carolina’s High Country and some charming small towns. One of the reasons this byway is so scenic is that it travels through six state parks including Table Rock State Park and Caesars Head State Park, and one county park. It also crosses over beautiful Lake Keowee.
The Savannah River Scenic Byway, which is also known as SC-24, is another pretty road that takes riders through the rural South and past some of this state’s historic sites. This is a pleasant 110-mile cruise that begins near the Clarks Hill Dam and ends in Oakway. Along the way, riders will pass by three picturesque lakes -- the 70,000-acre J. Strom Thurmond Lake, tranquil Richard B. Russell Lake and popular Lake Hartwell -- and cruise through some pretty state parks, including Hickory Knob State Park and Calhoun Falls State Park.
Bikers in need of a little more excitement should head over to Highway 28, which crosses through Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina in its 29 miles. This road combines gorgeous scenery with tight twisties and long sweepers. Highway 28 begins in Walhalla, South Carolina and ends in Highlands, North Carolina. The scenery along this road, which travels through Sumter National Forest and the Nantahala National Forest, is beautiful, especially in the fall.
Motorcyclists who prefer the sea to the mountains will want to take a cruise on the Edisto Island Scenic Byway through South Carolina’s Lowcountry. This a 16-mile scenic ride to Edisto Island that takes riders through salt marshes and past oaks draped in Spanish moss.
Although the Lowcountry is not known for having much in the way of twisties, Guerrins Bridge Road does offer a little curvy fun. This is a short six-mile run from US Route 17 in Awendaw to Junction Halfway Creek Road that features a few twisties and some pretty views of the estuaries along this road.
Of course, South Carolina also has a number of biker shows, rallies and races. In fact, its Myrtle Beach Bike Week is considered by some to be -- along with Sturgis, Daytona and Laconia --- one of the top four motorcycle rallies in the nation. This ten-day rally in May has been held since 1940 and attracts a crowd that is estimated to be about 300,000 a year. This monster rally features tons of the top vendors in the nation, live musical acts and motorcycle-related activities, such as poker runs.
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