A welcome sign at the South Carolina state line.

Looking for a weekend getaway in South Carolina? There are many small towns to visit close by to take some time away from a busy city. Growing up in South Carolina, I have been to and heard of many small towns with a rich history to learn about. South Carolina has so many beautiful hidden gems for you to enjoy this Summer.

Have you ever wondered how small towns can get in South Carolina? Trust me, it gets really small. From towns with roughly 500 people like McClellanville or those with a few thousand like Walterboro. There are many small towns that will allow you to truly enjoy time with each other. From exploring, learning the history, or just relaxing in a quiet scene.

I did a little research and decided to make this quick list of small towns in South Carolina worth visiting. No, I have not been to them all but I know quite a few of them. Being born and raised in South Carolina gave me a bit advantage, so why not share. There is also information on each little town when you are ready to start planning your next road trip. Check out these South Carolina small towns worth visiting for a weekend getaway.

  • Beaufort - Pop. 13,604

    Plan Your Visit to Beaufort and Port Royal, South Carolina | Visit Beaufort

    Https://Patconroyliterarycenter.Org/ Quite simply, beloved Pat Conroy - author of bestselling books like The Prince of Tides, South of Broad, The Water is Wide , and more - loved everything about Beaufort and...

  • Aiken - Pop. 31,127

    Home | Visit Aiken SC

    A trip to Aiken means getting outdoors, experiencing history, meandering through beautiful parks and bustling shopping. As you explore Aiken you will notice a thriving downtown that has much to offer. Aiken hosts world-class equestrian events and all sorts of festivals. In Aiken there's always something new to discover.

  • McClellanville - Pop. 545

    Town of McClellanville

    Town Council Meeting - May 2, 2022 at 7 PM - Town Hall (405 Pinckney Street) AGENDA... Read More → May 2, 2022 - Town Council Meeting

  • Clemson - Pop. 18,779

    VISIT CLEMSON | Clemson, South Carolina Tourism

    Near the mountains and located along the shores of Lake Hartwell, Clemson offers an idealistic combination of mountain, lake, and urban lifestyles. Home to Clemson Univerisity, locals bleed purple and orange, and game nights are something to behold as the whole town shows its support.

  • Georgetown - Pop. 8,625

    Georgetown SC Visitor Guide | Restaurants | Tours | Events | Shops

    Visit Downtown Historic Georgetown SC! It's the little town you've been looking for... find some of the best restaurants, stores, boutiques, fun things to do, boat and ghost tours, museums in the area. Check out the calendar of events! Come by boat or car.

  • Edisto Beach - Pop. 409

    Town of Edisto Beach, SC

    Welcome to the Town of Edisto Beach, one of the few remaining family-oriented, gently developed beaches on the eastern coastline of South Carolina. Located in Colleton County where the Edisto River, one of the longest free-flowing blackwater rivers in North America, completes its 206-mile journey to the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Newberry - Pop. 10,019

    City of Newberry | Home

    Newberry City Council will hold budget work sessions Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday May 5 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall . The sessions are open to the public. The City of Newberry is seeking applicants for our Boards and Commissions.

  • Isle of Palms - Pop. 4,408


    Coast is Clean! The City of Isle of Palms boasts seven miles of wide, pristine beaches great for swimming, lounging, fishing, biking and kayaking. The City of Isle of Palms has been a destination for beach goers for generations. The City's Front Beach commercial district is located on Ocean Boulevard from 10th Avenue to 14th Avenue.


  • Gaffney - Pop. 12,780

    Homepage - City of Gaffney, SC

    LeighAnn - I just wanted to send a note of appreciation for your efforts to make my recent visit to Gaffney more enjoyable. This was my first visit to Gaffney. I was there to visit the revolutionary war parks at the Cowpens and Kings Mountain and Gaffney was located perfectly for this.

  • Sullivan's Island - Pop. 1,924


    Sullivan's Island serves as host to thousands of visitors throughout the year that peak over the summer months. As one of three local beaches that host the over 220,000 people in the Lowcountry, we are lucky to offer beautiful natural resources as well as award winning restaurants in our commercial district.

  • Walterboro - Pop. 5,333

    What to Do

    The Walterboro Wildlife Center features the rich story and native wildlife of the state's largest city park, The Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary. Come learn about the wonderful history, environmental significance, and wildlife in the heart of Historic Downtown Walterboro. The Wildlife Center is also Walterboro's newest and best event venue.

  • Ninety Six - Pop. 2,051

    Ninety Six, South Carolina - Attractions

    The 96 Visitors Center is located at: 97 Main Street, Ninety Six, SC 29666 Phone: 864-970-7712 Marjorie Chrisley-Blalock is the Director of Tourism & Events and serves as a board member of the Greenwood Regional Tourism & Visitors Bureau and is a member of the South Carolina Festival & Events Association.

  • Fort Mill - Pop. 29,790

    Plan Your Trip to Fort Mill SC - Rock Hill & Fort Mill Visitor's Bureau | York County SC Home

    Southern Hospitality is alive and well within the quaint town of Fort Mill. A vibrant main street and nearby planned urban areas like Kingsley offer great amenities paired with the protected nature of the 2,100-acre Anne Springs Close Greenway. The perfect day trip begins and ends at Main Street Fort Mill.

  • Camden - Pop. 7,262

    Classically Carolina | Visit Camden - Kershaw County, SC

    Whether you are staying for a day or a week, there is always plenty to do in Camden and Kershaw County. From outdoor fun, to horse races, to shopping and restaurants--we have it all.

  • Santee - Pop. 870

    Santee, South Carolina - America's Value Golf Destination

    When we say "All Less Than A 3-Wood Off I-95" we might be exaggerating a little bit, but not much!If you are looking for hustle and bustle that is not us!

  • Clover - Pop. 6,915

    Town of Clover | York County - Rock Hill & Fort Mill Visitor's Bureau | York County SC Home

    The town with LOVE in the middle of it offers a charming small-town setting to visitors with rich history and great shopping. Rich in their Scots-Irish history and heritage, Clover is home to the Feis Chlobhair, Scottish games each fall!

  • Lake City - Pop. 6,389

    Visit Lake City, SC - Art & Culture, Shopping, Dining, Festivals & Events, Event Venues

    USA TODAY's 10Best Reader's Choice Award - Lake City, South Carolina Voted Nation's #1 Best Small Town Cultural Scene. The 2018 travel editors and readers at USA TODAY's 10Best Reader's Choice Awards have voted & have crowned Lake City, South Carolina as the Best Small Town Cultural Scene in America!

  • Edgefield - Pop. 4,876

    Town of Edgefield, South Carolina

    Directing the Tompkins Library/Welcome Center by maintaining Accountability for all aspects of the job, while serving as a resource to all visitors. Requirements: Four Year degree, or Five years of experience in a similar field. Ability to work well with the Board and the public.

  • Kiawah Island - Pop. 1,784

    Homepage - Town of Kiawah Island

    wildlife From the wooded uplands to the beaches, animals thrive in the rich natural environment of Kiawah Island. Deer, bobcats, gray foxes, raccoons, river otters, and ospreys are just a few of the many animals that can be found here.

  • Greer - Pop. 37,138

    Things to Do

    You know what they say about all work and no play.... That isn't a problem in the City of Greer, where you can be as active or as relaxed as you care to be during your free time. Are you the active type?

  • Hartsville - Pop. 7,482


    THE CITY OF HARTSVILLE INVITES YOU TO HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CITY BY APPLYING TO BE A VOLUNTEER ON ONE OF OUR BOARDS, COMMISSIONS OR COMMITTEES. Applications are available at www.hartsvillesc.gov/government/forms/application-form-for-boards-committees-and-commissions/ or city.clerk@hartsvillesc.gov or [...]

  • Bluffton - Pop. 33,627

    Official Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Vacation & Travel Guide

    Pull up a comfy chair, take a sip of sweet tea and let out a big sigh, because you've arrived my friend, to a town with its own state of mind: Bluffton, South Carolina. Home of character, and to characters, Bluffton's quirky side shines with its own blend of genuine hospitality and artistic eccentricity.

  • Traveler's Rest - Pop. 5,619

    Welcome to the City of Travelers Rest, SC | SC's Coolest Small Town

    We don't want you to miss a thing so we've created The Buzz, a collection of articles, our city newsletter (Talk of the Town), and stories from locals, editors, and visitors. From the new shop that just opened in town to news on the latest plans and developments from city hall - you'll stay in the know by visiting this section of our website often.

  • Greenwood - Pop. 23,499

    Visit Greenwood, SC | Home

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  • Anderson - Pop. 28,501

    Experience, Excel, Enjoy - Anderson County South Carolina

    Welcome home to Anderson County, South Carolina where you can experience, enjoy and excel in a great place to live and work.

  • Pendleton - Pop. 3,396

    Town of Pendleton

    Founded in 1790 on land which just a few years earlier had been a part of the Cherokee Indian Nation, Pendleton is now the largest historic district in the nation. A charming village green is the centerpiece of this town.

  • Ridgeway - Pop. 285

    Town of Ridgeway

    Charming Ridgeway is an historic small town located in the South Carolina Midlands in lower Fairifield County. Originally known as New Town, Ridgeway obtained its present name when the railroad decided to build a route on the "ridge way" spurring the growth of the town.

  • Union - Pop. 7,541

    City of Union

    Union is situated in the Piedmont Region of South Carolina, convenient to the major metropolitan areas of Greenville, Columbia and Charlotte. Union County was named for the old Union Church near the present day town of Union. The area was settled in the mid 1700s when Scotch-Irish settlers immigrated to South Carolina from Virginia and Pennsylvania.

  • Walhalla - Pop. 4,685

    Walhalla - Visit Oconee South Carolina

    Walhalla is the county seat of Oconee County. Nestled in the shadows of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, and cradled by the cool waters of the Chattooga River, Walhalla has all the necessary components for quintessential southern charm. Founded in 1850 and located in Upstate South Carolina, Walhalla is a city rich in heritage.

  • Calhoun Falls - Pop. 1,878

    Town of Calhoun Falls

    Calhoun Falls is located on Lake Russell, one of South Carolina's most popular fishing lakes. Lake Russell is a 26,650-acre lake that is an excellent place to fish for bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish and others.The town was named after the Calhoun family, one of first families to settle here in the 1700's.