South Carolina Highway 11

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South Carolina Highway 11

Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length119.850 mi[1][2][3][4][5] (192.880 km)
Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway
Major junctions
South end I-85 outside of Fair Play
Major intersections
North end SC 18 / SC 150 in Gaffney
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountiesOconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee
Highway system
SC 10 SC 12

South Carolina Highway 11 (SC 11), also known as the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, is a 119.850-mile (192.880 km) state highway through the far northern part of the U.S. state of South Carolina, following the southernmost peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The route is surrounded by peach orchards, quaint villages, and parks. It is an alternative to Interstate 85 (I-85) and has been featured by such publications as National Geographic, Rand McNally, and Southern Living.[6]

Route description

Highway 11 in Oconee County

SC 11 is located entirely within the U.S. state of South Carolina, beginning in southern Oconee County as Exit 1 of Interstate 85 , 0.6 mi (1 km) from the South Carolina and Georgia border. After Oconee County, Highway 11 enters northern Pickens County, where bridges carry it over Lake Keowee and it passes near Table Rock State Park before it leaves the county. Next comes Greenville County, where Highway 11 runs together with U.S. Highway 276 for several miles near Cleveland before splitting off on a more westerly route and crossing U.S. Highway 25 near Tigerville. Highway 11 then enters northern Spartanburg County, where it has an interchange with Interstate 26 near Campobello and Landrum. Finally, Highway 11 passes into Cherokee County, crossing Interstate 85 near Gaffney and ending shortly thereafter.[7]


The current highway was once part of the "Cherokee Path" or "Keowee Path," this road was the route used by the Cherokee Indians and the English and French fur traders and stretched from Tennessee to Charleston, South Carolina. This National Scenic Byway winds its way through Upstate South Carolina and passes through some towns, such as Walhalla, Marietta, Campobello, Chesnee, and Gaffney. Echoes of the area's Cherokee heritage can still be heard in places and river names like Seneca, Savannah, Keowee, Jocassee, Enoree, Toxaway, Tugaloo, Tokena, and Eastatoee.

In the city of Gaffney, east of I-85, SC 11 is known as "Floyd Baker Boulevard," which is a well-known street name in Upstate South Carolina. This section of SC 11 is a vast contrast to the rest of the route. At this point the highway becomes heavily congested and developed. Gaffney is also the biggest town along the route.

South Carolina Highway 112

South Carolina Highway 112

LocationNew ProspectChesnee, South Carolina

South Carolina Highway 112 (SC 112) was a state highway that was established in July 1936 on a path from SC 9 in New Prospect to U.S. Route 221 (US 221) and SC 110 in Chesnee. In 1939, it was decommissioned, with most of its path redesignated as part of SC 11.

Major intersections

I-85 – Atlanta, GreenvilleI-85 exit 1; southern terminus
9.84015.836 SC 24 – Westminster, TownvilleInterchange
US 76 / US 123 – Westminster, SenecaInterchange
West Union19.562–
SC 28 (Blue Ridge Boulevard) – Walhalla, Highlands, Cashiers, Seneca, Oconee State Park, St. John's Lutheran ChurchInterchange
SC 183 / Christophers Road – Walhalla, High Falls County Park, World of EnergyInterchange
32.57052.416 SC 130 – Whitewater Falls, Cashiers, Salem, Camp Buc, Bad Creek Project, World of Energy
PickensKeowee-Toxaway State Park38.82062.475
SC 133 south (Crowe Creek Road) – Six Mile, Clemson, Mile Creek County Park
47.35076.202 US 178 (Moorefield Memorial Highway) – Rosman, Pickens, Sassafras Mountain, Camp Hannon, McCall RA Camp, Hagood Mill
SC 8 south (Pumpkintown Highway) – Easley, Pickens
Southern end of SC 8 concurrency
SC 8 north (Ceasars Head Highway) – Asbury Hills Camp, Caesars Head State Park, YMCA Camp Greenville
Northern end of SC 8 concurrency
US 276 west (Geer Highway) – Caesars Head, Asbury Hills Camp, Caesars Head State Park, YMCA Camp Greenville
Southern end of US 276 concurrency
US 276 east (Greer Highway) – Marietta, Travelers Rest
Northern end of US 276 concurrency

US 25 to I-26 – Greenville, Hendersonville
SC 101 south / S-23-912 – Greer, Blue Ridge Christian Academy, Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve
Gowensville82.210132.304 SC 14 – Landrum, Greer, North Greenville University
SpartanburgCampobello86.320138.919 US 176 (North Main Street) – Landrum, Spartanburg
I-26 – Asheville, ColumbiaI-26 exit 5
New Prospect93.490150.458 SC 9 – Mill Spring, Spartanburg
Chesnee105.630169.995 US 221 (Alabama Avenue) – Rutherfordton, SpartanburgSouthern end of US 221 Alt. concurrency
CherokeeCowpens NB107.950173.729

US 221 Alt. north (Cliffside Highway) / SC 110 west (Battleground Road) – Forest City, Cowpens
Northern end of US 221 Alt. concurrency
Gaffney117.893189.730 I-85 – Charlotte, SpartanburgI-85 exit 92
119.680192.606Logan Street (SC 18 Conn.)
119.760192.735 US 29 (North Granard Street)
SC 18 west (Frederick Street) / SC 150 (Limestone Street) – Union
Northern end of SC 18 concurrency; northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes

Salem business loop

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South Carolina Highway 11 Business

LocationSalem, South Carolina

South Carolina Highway 11 Business (SC 11 Bus.) was a business route in Salem. It was established in 1971 from SC 11 west-northwest of the town to SC 11 north-northeast of the town. In 1976, it was decommissioned and was mostly downgraded to secondary roads, with the exception of a small portion of SC 130, which had been extended into Salem by this time.

Chesnee alternate route

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South Carolina Highway 11 Alternate

LocationChesnee, South Carolina
Existedc. 1940–

South Carolina Highway 11 Alternate (SC 11 Alt.) was an alternate route east of Chesnee. It was commissioned by 1940 between SC 11 and U.S. Route 221 (US 221; now US 221 Alternate) in the northwestern part of the Cowpens National Battlefield. At an unknown date, it was decommissioned and downgraded to a secondary road. It is now known as Edsel Drive.


  1. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  6. ^ Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC 11) Archived 2007-11-27 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Google (July 15, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 11" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 15, 2013.

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