An Online Guide to Spartanburg, SC
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Open the website of Hampton Heights Historic District

Hampton Heights was founded in the 1880’s and ’90’s. The first residents were upper middle-class professionals who built large Victorian homes, including a number in the style that became known as Queen Anne. In the early decades of the twentieth century, these Victorian houses gave way to an explosion of Arts and Crafts bungalows. Hampton Heights is now a wonderfull diverse inner-city neighborhood.

Open the website of Chimney Rock Park

More than a rock, Chimney Rock Park in Lake Lure, North Carolina is a mountain of possibilities. Enjoy a leisurely walk or a challenging hike out to 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls. Sign up to take a rock climbing clinic or spend a half or full-day taking rock climbing instructions. Bring a picnic or pick up a Hiker’s Lunch and savor the views. Take the kids and the dog on the Great Woodland Adventure trail. There’s no shortage of ways to find yourself breathless. Check out our special events and group activities. Just 60 miles north of Spartanburg. Open all year. Live it up!

Open the website of Hollywild Animal Park

Hollywild Animal Park is located near Inman in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, one of the most scenic and culturally diverse areas of South Carolina’s Upcountry. Nestled on over 100 acres, Hollywild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing an interactive and enlightening experience for our visitors as we continually improve the lives of our animals in an enriching and respectful environment.

Open the website of Cowpens National Battlefield

Cowpens National Battlefield, in Cowpens, SC, commemorates a decisive battle that helped turn the tide of war in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. The battle at the “Cow Pens,” one of only a few successful double envelopments in history, is recognized by historians as one of the most important of the American Revolution.

Open the website of The Chapman Cultural Center

Providing cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg County. Chapman Cultural Center provides major funding and education for many of Spartanburg’s arts and cultural organizations. But we’re more than a destination. Honoring our vision of providing cultural leadership, we branch out into Spartanburg County to advocate for the arts and culture of our region. Several Partner organizations make up Chapman Cultural Center. We are proud to serve as the central driving force in our community’s dynamic, vibrant cultural life.

Open the website of BMW Zentrum

See the cars, the speed, the innovation – all for free in the only BMW museum in North America. The BMW  Zentrum is part meeting and events center, part café, part gallery, and part time machine. Located next to the only BMW manufacturing plant in the US, this museum of motion offers something for everyone.

Open the website of Peachoid Water Tower

Peachoid Water Tower is the 1-million-gallon water tank built by the Gaffney Commission of Public Works to honor the state’s (and particularly Cherokee County’s) fresh peach industry. The giant peach is easily seen from I-85, but you can take the exit for S.C. Highway 11, Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, for a closer look.

Open the website of Carolina Foothills Artisan Center

The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee, SC is organized and shall operate exclusively as a nonprofit corporation to develop the educational, artistic, cultural and economic growth of the Upstate by providing means for North and South Carolina artists to demonstrate the creative process and to showcase the products of their talents to a wide variety of citizens and by providing a place for citizens to learn about and purchase the work of Carolina artisans.

Open the website of Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium

Spartanburg’s grand old lady, the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, reopened after an extensive $10.5 million renovation, and is a great venue for entertainment. The new renovations include a new lobby, complete with custom carpeting, a specialty coffee bar, copper chandeliers, and arched skylights. The concession stand has rich oak cabinets behind the counter, and just around the corner is a new souvenir booth.

Open the website of Kings Mountain National Military Park

2005 Marks the 225th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain. Kings Mountain National Military Park, in Youkr and Cherokee Counties, SC, commemorates a pivotal and significant victory by American Patriots over American Loyalists during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War, which destroyed the left wing of Cornwallis’ army and effectively ended Loyalist ascendance in the Carolinas.

Open the website of Model Trains Station at Taylors Mill

Currently featuring an “O gauge” 12′ x 36′ train display including Thomas and the Polar Express, with nearly 150 buildings, a wooden toy train play area, and two additional HO displays with more layouts and paraphernalia to come in 2018. We are a non-profit 501c3 organization. Our hours are currently Friday & Saturday 11am to 5:30 pm and Sundays 12 noon to 5 pm.

Open the website of Lawson’s Fork Creek

Lawson’s Fork Creek is now accessible to paddlers who want to put in at Whitney and float to Lawson’s Fork is now accessible to paddlers who want to put in at Whitney and float to the Cottonwood Trail, a distance of 4.5 river miles. A crew from V. Palmetto Builders has completed work on the “put-in” just below the dam, along U.S. Highway 221.

Open the website of Magnolia Street Station

Built in 1904, the station is currently home to Amtrak and to the Spartanburg Convention and Vistors Bureau. A 1996 fire gutted the interior of the station; much of the credit for its survival goes to then-16 year old Trey Davis, a Spartanburg native who initiated a campaign to save station in the week after the fire.

For additional information on Spartanburg’s historic depot and the successful restoration campaign, visit Reconnecting America.

Open the website of The Music Foundation of Spartanburg Concert Series

The Music Foundation of Spartanburg’s mission is to educate, entertain and enrich people’s lives through music. The Music Foundation of Spartanburg Concert Series presents world-class artists and the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic. The concert series runs from September to April and consists of classical, jazz, pop, folk, and holiday programs. Most performances are held at Twitchell Auditorium.

Open the website of Wildland Trekking

Wildland Trekking provides adventurous hiking tours throughout the Greater Asheville area. Trip styles range from backpacking to inn-based tours, day hikes, and fantastic kayak camping trips on Fontana Lake. We have over 30 years of experience in adventure travel and we’re the #1 rated TripAdvisor tour company in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. #wildiswaiting

Open the website of Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve

Hatcher Garden is a community supported urban garden located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Started by a man with a dream, the garden has grown to become a beautiful woodland preserve that provides a home for wildlife and a display for the nature’s beauty. The mission of Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve is to be a place for the public to come for inspiration, enjoyment and education through the study of nature. The Garden is home to over 10,000 trees, shrubs and flowers. Admission is free.