Anderson, South Carolina, is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the shores of beautiful Lake Hartwell in an area commonly known as "The Upstate." We’re just a two-hour drive from two major metropolitan areas- Atlanta and Charlotte.
Lake Hartwell is one of the largest and most popular lakes in the Southeast and is home to a number of state parks, public campgrounds, boat ramps and marinas.
Several state parks, three dozen waterfalls and countless recreational areas are within reach, many of which are less than an hour's drive from Anderson.
The town of Pendleton boasts an entire district on the National Register of Historic Places. The charming community offers visitors the opportunity to dine, shop and step back in time with guided tours of the nearby antebellum plantations such as Woodburn & Ashtabula.
The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor passes through Anderson County, South Carolina on its scenic 240 mile journey to the Atlantic Ocean. History buffs will also enjoy a trip to the Anderson County Museum, whose priceless artifacts and fascinating exhibits give a glimpse of our storied history. We're also home to museums covering diverse subject, ranging from tennis to geology.
A short trip down SC-29, the 65-acre Jockey Lot provides bargain shoppers a chance to wheel-and-deal with 1,500 dealers at the largest flea market in the Southeast. Have fun down on the farm at our varied agritourism attractions.
With 10 year-round golf courses Anderson is a great place to tee it up.
Of course, whether you're planning to stay a while or are just passing through, Anderson offers more than 1,400 hotel & motel rooms along with several charming bed & breakfasts from which to choose. We also have several campgrounds on Lake Hartwell and vacation rental homes. From fine dining to popular chains to the ever-popular “meat and three” restaurants, you’ll find menus for every taste.
Because of our unrivaled spirit and unparraled quality of life Anderson County, South Carolina was named an “All-America City” in 2000 by the National Civic League.
The Visitor Center is located in downtown Anderson at 110 Federal St., inside the Anderson Arts Center Warehouse. Open Mon.-Fri. from 8-5 and Sat. from 10-2.