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7   in South Carolina South Carolina130 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway

By Bo Tilly
on April 15, 1998

3.6out of 5

10 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

From Gaffney SC, take Route 11 north towards the town of Chesnee. Stay on 11 through Gowensville and Cleveland. Route 11 and highway 276 merge and continue heading west. After you pass Keowee Taxoway State Park, Route 11 will intersect Route 130/37. Take 130/37 north (right) and before you cross the South Carolina/North Carolina border, take Route 413 west to Sumter National Forest. You will run into Route 107 (State Park Rd) and want to take that road south (left). Take that south and it will soon merge and become Route 28 heading into the town of Walhalla. After passing through Walhalla, look for Route 11 which you will take to finish out the route by heading down to Interstate 85.

Scenery

In the northwest pocket of South Carolina, you will find some of the best motorcycle roads east of the Mississippi. This route's beauty has earned it a spot as one of a select group of US Highway Department National Scenic Byways. This route lies in Cherokee Indian country and is found about 30 miles west of Charlotte North Carolina, 200 miles northwest of Charleston and about 120 miles north of Augusta Georgia. The scenery on this route will amaze you. The route takes you through the South Carolina high-country and offers you views of mountains, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, forests and wildlife that will be hard to match on any other motorcycle route I know of.

Road Quality

The roads in this area are near ideal - some of the best motorcycle roads I've ever driven east of the Mississippi. I give them a solid 5 because they have plenty of twists and turns, climbs and dives, and are remote enough to where you can really get on it.

Roadside Amenities

This area is LOADED with beautiful state parks and local parks (six state parks off of the route) that offer anyone interested in hiking or camping, a vacation full of fun.The only reason I gave it a 4 is because it is almost all nature stuff and doesn't have a large selection of the other kind of amenities that some bike travelers like - craft shops, restaurants etc.I'm describing the amenities of the route from the perspective of starting out in Gaffney and heading west.The amenity highlights of the route are as follows: In the summer, the section of state road 11 in and near Gaffney is a great place to pickup some delicious fresh fruit from venders' stands parked along the road. West of Gaffney you will come to the Cowpens National Battlefield where the underdog American colonists staged an upset victory over the British in 1781.If you're into history, don't pass the walking tour offered here. Next you'll need to head to Caesars Head State Park by taking US 276 north.Caesar's Head is one of the most beautiful state parks in all of South Carolina with breathtaking views.The road leading to the park will also give you fantastic views of the surrounding Blue Ridge foothills.The park and local area have over 50 waterfalls.If you take a tough 2 mile hike on a trail in the park to Raven Cliff Falls you'll get to see this fall dive about 400 feet through a gorge. Table Rock State Park is named after the solid granite flat top mountain that according to the Indians was the place where the Great Spirit dined.It is also home of one of lodge built by the depression-era Works Project Administration.It is another fantastic park with plenty of hiking trails, some leading to the summit of the mountain.Near Table Rock you'll find a place called Aunt Sue's Country Corner that looks like an old pioneer village selling odd little crafts and offering places to eat. Keowee-Toxaway State Park - the park has a nice museum and a great 'Interpretive Center/Trail' that tells you about the history of the Indians both before and after Europeans entered the area. Devils Fork State Park - take Rte. 25 north to visit this great park situated right next to the huge Lake Jocassee. Rte. 107 is an official Scenic Byway that travels through the Sumter National Forest.From this section you will see even more impressive mountains and lush thick forests.The Chattooga River is known as one of the best whitewater rafting rivers in the US.If your in to that kind of thing, you will be able to find many companies that provide raft adventure trips in this area. Towards the end of Rte. 107 when it meets with Rte. 28, look for signs directing you to the Stump-house Tunnel Park.In this park you'll find a huge 200-foot waterfall. Lake Hartwell State Park - the park has access to a huge lake and offers access to boating, fishing, swimming as well as trails and picnicking.

Additional Info

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on June 17, 2010 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

1.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Standard

This has to be one of the straightest and most boring roads around. The best part of HWY 11 are the roads that cut off of it going north like 276. Plus you will more than likely spend your time on 11 behind either a camper or a boat.

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By skipnote
on August 21, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Bmw

Motorcycle Type Standard

This is about the straightest scenic byway I have ever ridden. Which unfortunately made it incredibly boring. I would have preferred staying on 85 and saving the time. The route is well paved, mostly tree lined. A few places with scenic interest, and it feels like there are too many stretches that are as straight as a ruler. Saw one cop, speed limit seemed to be 55 most of the way. Few stop lights and signs. Went all the way to FairPlay, and if I had it to do over I would not take that route again. If you area headed from charlotte to atlanta, skip it. If you are looking for mountain roads and scenery, almost any of the roads heading north will be better. If you like gentle rolling hills, and plan on stopping a lot, there may still be a reason for taking this route. I just wish there were even a few more gentle curves...

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By Guest
on May 30, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

The Cherokee Foothills Scenic Route is well worth the trip. Especially the SP 130/SP 107 loop. Great view and great twisties.

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By multistradaS
on January 2, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Ducati

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

add on. The 130 / 107 loop on the west end. I think I got the numbers wrong on my initial writeup. Still a great ride.

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By multistradaS
on January 2, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Ducati

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This is a great upstate day trip! Got a late start so didn't really have time to hit all the stops. Lots of great orchards, restaurants and parks/pull outs. I rode it from east to west. 11 is a nice easy ride. The 300/107 loop up into the mountains is technical enough and will challenge you. This ranges from nice and easy, very chill(11) to lots of 2d and 3rd gear corners where you need to think about lines. Good stuff!!.

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By JamJay
on September 29, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make HD Fat Bob

Motorcycle Type Standard

I enjoyed this ride as the location and length fit nicely into what I was looking for. All and all this was an enjoyable ride. I would say that only about 40% of the 130 miles were "scenic" but there were some great views. The balance was a straight shot on a solid back-road. I reached speeds of 70 MPH easily. Plenty of opportunity to pull off and explore various parks and other spots worth a look.

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By skipnote
on August 21, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Bmw

Motorcycle Type Standard

This is about the straightest scenic byway I have ever ridden. Which unfortunately made it incredibly boring. I would have preferred staying on 85 and saving the time. The route is well paved, mostly tree lined. A few places with scenic interest, and it feels like there are too many stretches that are as straight as a ruler. Saw one cop, speed limit seemed to be 55 most of the way. Few stop lights and signs. Went all the way to FairPlay, and if I had it to do over I would not take that route again. If you area headed from charlotte to atlanta, skip it. If you are looking for mountain roads and scenery, almost any of the roads heading north will be better...

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By Guest
on July 30, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson Deluxe

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This road deserves every bit of praise that it gets. Great Roads, not too much traffic, Great views

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By TwistedRider
on June 11, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

2.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Honda Goldwing

Motorcycle Type Touring

The last time I ran 107 in the rain it was a nightmare. I don't know what they used as pavement but it road like you were on ice. Had 2 other bikes with me and they all had the same issue. I suggest staying off this road in the rain. If it's dry, then it's a good run (28 is much better). But not so good if you get caught on it when it's wet.

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By Guest
on May 31, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

There are plenty of fuel and food stops along this route. Not being from this area, I was concerned they might be scarce. I stopped for fuel in Cleveland at the Handy Mart. It is a decent fuel station and is well apportioned, although I do not recommend it for eating. My son & I were hungry and wanted a bite to eat. We stood under the "Place Orders Here" sign for 15 minutes, with nary a nod. We finally gave up on them and headed down the road. We went about a 1/4 mile further and found the F Stop. Very friendly and GREAT sandwiches. I HIGHLY recommend the steak burger and the fresh Mountain Ice Tea.

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