Monday, October 19, 2020

Highway Guide: North and South Carolina

US 1 slices North Carolina down the middle as it makes its way from Wise, just over the northern border, to Rockingham, ten miles from the South Caroline border. Skirting Raleigh, Route 1 travels through many small towns, like Colon, Lemon Springs, Whispering Pines and Niagara before the Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve and Fort Bragg.

The terrain here is gently rolling green hills. A few more small towns before Rockingham and then you cross the State border of South Carolina. Scenery abounds on Route 1 in South Carolina between Cheraw and Columbia, including the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Reserve.

Forested hills through this region offer wonderful scenic views and there are a few picnic areas where you can enjoy a break from the driving. As in North Carolina, US Route 1 bisects the South Carolina through the middle.

From Columbia, in the center of the State, to Augusta, just over the Georgia border, lie more small towns and gently rolling hills.

Just north of Graniteville lies the Sumter National Forest, a historically important location, especially during the Civil War. US Route 1 leads you through Augusta, Georgia, home of the Augusta National Golf Course, where famous golfers play the Masters every spring.

If you're dying to see beautiful Hilton Head Island, take Route 25 from Columbia and join I-95 south to the exit to Hilton Head. It is quite a long way, but for a golfer, it's time well spent!