Caesars Head + ADD NEW ROUTE
2 in South Carolina South Carolina6 Miles
on August 1, 2006
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This route doesn't start in a particular town so the easiest way to describe it is for you to find the town nearest to the start point which is Cleveland, SC. From Cleveland you head north on Hwy 276 which at this point is also merged with Hwy 11. Heading north will take you towards North Carolina (and Caesars Head State Park) and in just about 5 miles you'll see where Hwy 11 and Hwy 276 splits to the right. It is here where the route starts. No follow this awesome road the 6 miles into Caesars Head State Park and up to the top of the mountain which is the end of this route. If however you want to keep going, by all means, keep right on riding through the state park and eventually into North Carolina.
During the summertime expect not to see much other than many trees as you climb to the top of the mountain. However, in Fall or Winter the scenery changes completely as the foliage is reduced and the sweeping views of Upstate SC become available.
Starting from Hwy 11, Caesar's Head (Hwy 276) is approx. 5 miles up and twisty to the peak of the mountain. Expect a few potholes in a couple of the turns, but overall the pavement is in good condition. This road is mixed with sweepers and tight hairpins and decreasing radius turns. An enjoyable challenge for any motorcyclist.
At the top of the mountain is the Caesar's Head St Park HQ. Its nothing more than a gift shop with restrooms and a brief history of the area. You'll find a quick snack or drink up here as well. Continue along hwy 276 into NC to find the next gas station or restaurant.
Just south of Mountain Rest, SC, is the town off of Hyw 76 is a point of interest known as "The Backwoods" (13847 Long Creek HWY, Long Creek, SC, 29658) where you can find a visitor center and a "House of Art, Marketplace, & Art Experimentation Center" featuring locally made arts and crafts, fresh local produce, and a small corner thrift store. The owner's name is Sarajoy and she enjoys riding motorcycles as well and can offer you some valuable local information and point you in the direction of whatever your looking for. Check out the Backwoods website.
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