Bicycle Route

Carolina Connector
 


This route ties into the North Carolina Highway Bicycling System (US Bike Route 1) and offers the easiest route through the state between North Carolina and Georgia (north to south). For those entering or leaving North Carolina on this route, please see the NC/JKL Mountain Connector maps; Carolina Connection.

Well-spaced campgrounds and the flat terrain of the area land make for a leisurely trip along the 223-mile route. It passes through a number of very small rural towns and traverses long stretches of farm and woodlands. Four well-spaced state parks along the way, with camping facilities, make it possible to plan day trips of varying lengths to meet the individual bicyclist's needs,

Santee State Park, located about the midpoint on the route, is an excellent stopover for those who may wish to combine their bicycling trip with other alternative recreation activities.

This park is situated on the 171,000 acre freshwater Santee Cooper Lake System, which is famous for being the home of the landlocked striped bass and is also outstanding for its large mouth bass, catfish and crappie. Extensive park facilities including tennis courts, campgrounds and overnight cabins combined with nearby golf and hunting opportunities make this an outdoorperson's paradise.

County maps needed: Marlboro, Darlington, Lee, Sumter, Clarendon, Orangeburg, Bamberg, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper. County map order forms are available from: Map Sales, SCDOT, PO Box 191, Columbia, SC 29202; 803-737-1501. Also, a book of county maps is available from County Maps, Puetz Place, N2454 County Road Hh, Lyndon Station, WI. 53944-9565, 608-666-3331

Note: Road number signs are posted at intersections. The numbers on the signs (such as S-26-50) denote the county (26), and road designation (50). 

Carolina Connector Directions

North to South
Start in Marlboro County at North Carolina line on S-35-17 near McColl
 

0 (S) North Carolina Border 0
7.5 (L) SC 385 in Bennettsville 7.5
2.3 (R) Stay on SC 385 in Bennettsville 9.8
2.4 (S) SC 385 joins with US 15/US 401 12.2
9.1 (S) Darlington County Line 21.3
1.2 (S) Society Hill 22.5
1.7 (R) Stay on US 15 24.2
9.0 (L) S-16-13 33.2
2.9 (R) S-16-24 at Auburn Crossroads 36.1
0.1 (L) S-16-25 36.2
7.6 (R) SC 34 43.8
4.1 (S) Lee County Line 47.9
4.2 (L) S-31-22 52.1
3.7 (S) Entrance to Lee State Natural Area 55.8
2.9 (R) S-31-39 58.7
0.4 (S) Darlington County Line  S-31-39 becomes S-16-27 59.1
3.1 (R) US 401 62.2
1.3 (S) Lee County Line 63.5
2.5 (S) Elliott Crossroads 66.0
7.9 (S) Sumter County Line 73.9
4.4 (R) S-43-46 78.3
1.9 (L) US 15 in Sumter 80.2
1.1 (R) S-43-53 in Sumter 81.3
2.8 (R) US 521 in Sumter 84.1
0.5 (L) S-43-911 84.6
0.6 (S) Cross US 76/378 and continue on SC 120 in Sumter 85.2
2.6 (L) Stay on SC 120 in Sumter 87.8
12.2 (L) S-43-29 100.0
4.7 (S) Clarendon County Line S-43-29 becomes S-41-41. 104.7
7.3 (L) S-14-26 112.0
0.8 (R) S-14-373 112.8
2.4 (R) S-14-257 115.2
4.0 (R) Old US 15/301 Cross on the old bridge. Orangeburg County Line 119.2
5.0 (S) SC 6 in Santee. Entrance to Santee State Park 1.0 mile to the right. 124.2
1.1 (L) S-38-172 in Santee 125.3
4.1 (R) SC 210 129.4
13.4 (R/L) US 178 in Bowman. Stay on SC 210 142.8
9.7 (L) US 21 in Branchville. 152.5
0.4 (R) US 78 in Branchville. 152.9
2.5 (S) Bamberg County Line 155.4
0.4 (L) S-5-18 155.8
3.4 (L) Stay on S-5-18 159.2
1.4 (L) S-5-124 160.6
2.8 (L) SC 362 163.4
1.5 (R) S-5-21 164.9
6.0 (L) US 601 in Ehrhardt. 170.9
0.2 (R) SC 64 in Ehrhardt. 171.1
0.6 (L) S-5-25 171.7
2.0 (R) Bear to the right and stay on S-5-25 173.7
1.3 (R) S-5-93 175.0
1.2 (L) S-5-449 176.2
0.8 (R) S-5-31 177.0
0.6 (L) S-5-8 177.6
0.4 (S) Rivers Bridge State Park 178.0
1.1 (L) US 641 179.0
0.2 (S) Colleton County Line 179.3
1.4 (R) US 601 180.7
2.9 (S) Hampton County Line 183.6
9.8 (L) SC 68 in Hampton. 193.4
2.9 (R) S-25-50 in Varnville. 196.3
12.3 (R) S-25-168 208.6
1.2 (L) S-25-95 209.8
0.9 (S) Cross US 601  to SC 333 in Furman 210.7
3.7 (L) US 321 in Scotia 214.4
5.0 (R) SC 119 in Garnet. 219.4
2.1 (S) Jasper County Line 221.5
3.3 END Georgia Border 224.8

South to North
Start in Jasper County at the Georgia Border on SC 119
 

0   SC 119 at Georgia Border 0
3.3 (S) Hampton County Line 3.3
2.1 (S) Merge with US 321 in Garnet. 5.4
5.0 (R) SC 333 (Scotia) 10.4
3.7 (S) Cross US 601 to S-25-95 in Furman. 14.1
0.9 (R) S-25-168 15.0
1.2 (L) S-25-50 16.2
12.3 (L) SC 68 in Varnville 28.5
2.9 (R) US 601 in Hampton 31.4
9.8 (S) Colleton County Line 41.2
2.9 (L) SC 641 44.1
1.4 (S) Bamberg County Line 45.5
0.2 (R) S-5-8 45.7
1.1 (S) Rivers Bridge State Park 46.8
0.4 (R) S-5-31 47.2
0.6 (L) S-5-449 47.8
0.8 (R) S-5-93 48.6
1.2 (L) S-5-25 49.8
3.3 (R) SC 64 53.1
0.6 (L) US 601 in Ehrhardt 53.7
0.2 (R) S-5-21 in Ehrhardt 53.9
0.5 (L) Stay on S-5-21 54.4
5.5 (L) SC 362 59.9
1.5 (R) S-5-124 61.4
2.8 (R) S-5-18 64.2
3.9 (L) Stay on S-5-18 68.1
0.9 (R) US 78 69.0
0.4 (S) Orangeburg County Line 69.4
2.5 (L) US 21 in Branchville 71.9
0.4 (R) SC 210 in Branchville 72.3
9.7 (R) US 178 in Bowman 82.0
0.1 (L) Continue on SC 210 in Bowman 82.1
1.0 (R) Stay on SC 210 83.1
12.3 (L) S-38-172 95.4
4.1 (R) US 15 in Santee 199.5
1.1 (S) SC 6 in Santee.   Santee State Park 3.0 miles to the left. 100.6
1.3 (S) Cross Lake Marion on old bridge. 101.9
3.7 (L) S-14-257 Clarendon County 105.6
4.0 (L) S-14-373 109.6
2.4 (R) S-14-26 112.0
0.8 (R) S-14-41 112.8
7.3 (S) Sumter County Line S-14-41 becomes S-43-29 120.1
4.7 (S) Join with SC 120 124.8
5.7 (R) Bear to right, stay on SC 120 130.5
6.5 (L) Stay on SC 120 in Sumter. 137.0
2.6 (S) Cross US 76/378 to S-43-911 in Sumter. 139.6
0.6 (R) US 521 in Sumter 140.2
0.5 (L) S-43-53 in Sumter 140.7
2.8 (L) US 15 in Sumter 143.5
1.1 (R) S-43-46 144.6
1.9 (L) US 401 146.5
4.4 (S) Lee County Line 150.9
7.9 (S) Elliott Crossroads 158.8
2.5 (S) Darlington County Line 161.3
1.3 (L) S-16-27 162.6
3.1 (S) Lee County Line S-16-27 becomes S-31-39 165.7
0.4 (L) S-31-22 166.1
2.9 (S) Lee State Natural Area 169.0
3.5 (R) US 15 172.5
4.4 (S) Darlington County Line 176.9
4.2 (L) S-16-25 181.1
7.6 (R) S-16-24 at Auburn Crossroads 188.7
0.1 (L) S-16-13 at Auburn Crossroads 188.8
3.0 (R) US 15 191.8
8.2 (S) US 15 joins with US 52/US 401 200.0
2.3 (S) Society Hill 202.3
1.2 (S) Marlboro County Line 203.5
8.9 (S) Go straight onto SC 385 in Bennettsville 212.4
2.6 (L) SC 385 in Bennettsville 215.0
2.3 (R) S-35-17 217.3
7.5 End North Carolina Border 224.8

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