Located in southwest South Carolina, Thoroughbred Country consists of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties, all offering quaint towns, museums, festivals, golfing, fishing, nature trails and shopping. Imagine setting up your campsite just down the road from a plantation home or original cotton mill. Endless recreation is just steps from your campsite, wherever you stay in Thoroughbred Country, including unique parks and sanctuaries, classy vineyards and exciting attractions such as planetariums, drive-ins and galleries.
Find out how Thoroughbred Country received its name by visiting one of the many stables and farms offering trail rides, lessons and covered riding arenas. don’t leave without getting in a few swings at some of the best golf courses in the country. South Carolina is known for its golfing, and the area has nearly 20 courses within its counties, ranging from golf resorts to public courses.
Aiken, South Carolina is the gem of Thoroughbred Country and one of the most charming and beautiful cities in the South. Viewing historical homes, strolling through Hitchcock Woods, shopping in the vibrant downtown and smelling the flowers of Hopeland Gardens are all activities awaiting you in Aiken. Aiken is also famous for its polo events, musical entertainment, heritage days, highland games, lobster races and Native Pow Wows, among other events enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Side trips include the charming southern towns of Blackville and Barnwell, and the magic waters of Healing Springs just 30 minutes from Aiken, as well as unique wine tasting at Montmorenci Vineyards. Aiken State Park offers fishing, swimming and nature trails, while several picturesque campgrounds in the area offer unique camping and RVing experiences.
Things To Do in South Carolina’s Southwest Region
Bedon-Lucas House Museum – Built in 1820, the Bedon-Lucas House is one of Walterboro’s five remaining “high houses,” named for the buildings height off the ground. Today, the house is beautifully furnished with antiques and period pieces, and features original heart of pine floors.
South Carolina Artisans Center – The South Carolina Artisan Center has been named The Official Folk Art and Craft Center for South Carolina. The center represents over 200 local & regional artists, including blown glass, Sweetgrass baskets, furniture, carvings, pottery, jewelry, quilts, and whimsical folk art. Visitors can purchase art & souvenirs in the center’s retail shop.
Slave Relics Museum – This unique museum is not to be missed. Exhibits feature actual artifacts that were made by enslaved Africans from 1750 to the mid 1800′s. The museum also houses historical documents, photographs, and memorabilia of the antebellum slave era.