South Carolina Adventure Route Segment 3

Total Miles
212.0

Elevation

969.27 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Segment 3 is the "upstate" section of the SCAR, and is bookended by the towns of Westminster and Gaffney. This section transits the Blue Ridge Mountains and consists of some fabulous gravel roads with a few notable climbs and descents. It is interspersed with some beautiful paved sections--including some time on the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway, which passes Table Rock Mountain and Caesar's Head State Park. The highest elevation of the SCAR Loop is in Caesar's Head State Park, at about 3,500 ft. Be sure to stop at the visitor's center and absorb the view! Another notable point of interest is the Cowpens Revolutionary War battlefield. About the SCAR: The South Carolina Adventure Route loops through approximately 1,000 miles of rural South Carolina. Along this route, you'll enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean, diverse forests, cotton fields, state parks, historical sites, and quaint towns. The SCAR also connects to the Smokey Mountains 500, the Georgia Traverse, and the Trans-America Trail (TAT), providing riders on those trails with a scenic route to the Atlantic coast at Edisto Beach. The roads along the SCAR are a mix of pavement and dirt, 60% and 40% respectively, with the surface alternating between gravel, dirt, clay, and sand. The route is not exceptionally technical, but dry conditions can leave the sandy roads loose, while wet conditions can leave the mud and clay roads slick and rutted. Travelers should expect to encounter deep sand and sizable mud holes in the worst conditions.

Photos of South Carolina Adventure Route Segment 3

South Carolina Adventure Route Segment 3
South Carolina Adventure Route Segment 3
South Carolina Adventure Route Segment 3

Difficulty

This is largely graded gravel roads and some beautiful sections of winding pavement.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Ian Pettit
Jan 23, 2024
2022 RAM 1500
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
Good solid gravel base, easy to slow cruise on. Nice views and scenic drive. Made detour on a couple of the spur roads 745B and 750. 745B continues after the trail shown ends down to a bottom near the creek and some falls. Need high clearance 4x4 to make it down and back that part.
Caitlyn Foster
Aug 16, 2023
4x4
Obstructed
Other
Broken Down Vehicle
Jeremy Dundore
Jun 17, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal

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