Bicycle Route

Northern Crescent
 


The Northern Crescent Route runs just south of the North Carolina border, from the mountains to the sea. This 360-mile route gives you access to several state parks and recreation areas.

Going inland from the sea, approximately one third of the trail traverses coastal flat lands through swamps, small towns, and farm land. The second third includes rolling hills which ascend to the mountain elevations of the route's final leg. The final 105 miles of the route follow the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, which offers a panoramic view of the majestic mountains in the background and beautiful valleys below.

Four convenient state park campgrounds are located within the first 210 miles. However, from Kings Mountain State Park near Rock Hill, it is 70 miles over a relatively steep grade to a campground. There are two parks along the next and final 60 miles which may be used for overnight stay or as a base camp for some very interesting mountain sightseeing.

The Northern Crescent route connects with the North Carolina Mountains to the Sea route on Highway 28, 10 miles south of Highlands, North Carolina (See NC-JKL mountain connector maps). The Adventure Cycling Association's Virginia to Florida bicycle route intersects this route at Cherry Grove Beach on US Highway 17. Since the Northern Crescent route intersects every other designated South Carolina bike route, it is possible to create loop routes of varying lengths and terrain starting from a number of different points along the route.

County maps needed: Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, York, Lancaster, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, Marion, Horry. 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). 

Northern Crescent Directions

East to West
Start in Horry County at Cherry Grove Beach

0   Cherry Grove Beach  
24.1 (S) Loris (1.6 miles to left) 24.1
22.0 (S) Marion County Line 46.1
1.3 (L) S-34-88 Nichols 47.4
3.7 (S) Dillon County Line (S-34-88 becomes S-17-174) 51.1
3.3 (L) SC 41 54.4
1.4 (R) S-17-155 55.8
3.6 (L) S-17-22 59.4
1.0 (S) Little Pee Dee State Park 60.4
2.0 (R) SC 57 62.4
2.3 (S) Floydale 64.7
4.3 (L) SC 9 in Dillon 69.0
1.0 (R) US 301/US 501/SC 9 in Dillon 70.0
1.0 (L) SC 9 in Dillon 71.0
1.1 (S) Cross I-95 72.1
3.0 (S) Little Rock 75.1
7.7 (S) Marlboro County Line 82.8
4.7 (S) Clio 87.5
7.7 (L) US 15/US 401/SC 9 in Bennettsville 95.2
1.2 (R) SC 9  in Bennettsville 96.4
0.7 (L/R) Stay on SC 9  Bennettsville 97.1
12.7 (S) Stay on SC 9 in Wallace 109.8
1.1 (S) Chesterfield County Line 110.9
0.8 (L) 2nd Street, stay on SC 9 in Cheraw 111.7
0.5 (S) Stay on 2nd Street which becomes Old Cash Rd. in Cheraw 112.2
3.7 (R) US 52. Entrance to Cheraw State Park straight ahead 115.9
0.8 (L) US 1 116.7
3.3 (R) S-13-20 120.0
4.6 (R) Bear right and stay on S-13-20 124.6
1.4 (R) Bear right and stay on S-13-20 126.0
5.1 (S) Chesterfield (Pass through on SC 9/SC 265) 131.1
3.8 (R) Stay on SC 9 134.9
2.1 (S) Ruby 137.0
3.2 (S) Mt. Groghan 140.2
0.8 (S) Stay on SC 9 141.0
8.9 (S) Pageland 149.9
7.2 (S) Lancaster County Line 157.1
13.7 (R) US 521 Bypass in Lancaster 170.8
2.0 (R) US 521 in  Lancaster 172.8
7.3 (L) Andrew Jackson State Park left onto SC 5 180.1
4.0 (S) Cross Catawba River (York County Line) 184.1
9.8 (L) SC 72 in Rock Hill 193.9
2.2 (R) SC 901 in Rock Hill 196.1
3.5 (L) SC 5 in Rock Hill 199.6
8.8 (R) SC 5 Bypass in York 208.4
4.3 (R) SC 161/US 321 211.7
1.4 (L) Veer Left on SC 161 214.1
9.6 (L) S-46-705 Enter King's Mountain State Park 223.7
5.3 (S) Leave park and S-46-705 becomes SC 216 at the Cherokee County Line 229.0
0.6 (L) S-11-21 229.6
3.7 (L) US 29 233.3
3.3 (S) Blacksburg 236.6
7.4 (R) W. Fredrick St. in Gaffney 244.0
0.6 (R) W. Floyd Baker Blvd. (SC 11) in Gaffney 244.6
1.2 (S) Cross I-85 in Gaffney 245.8
9.9 (S) Cowpens National Battlefield 255.7
1.7 (S) Spartanburg County Line 257.4
0.3 (S) Chesnee 257.7
16.2 (S) Cross I-26 273.9
3.4 (S) Campobello 277.3
3.7 (S) Greenville County Line 281.0
16.3 (S) Pleasant Ridge County Park 297.3
9.4 (L) Pickens County Line (Stay on SC 11) 306.7
6.4 (S) Table Rock State Park 313.1
12.9 (S) Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area 326.0
1.0 (S) Oconee County Line 327.0
18.0 (S) Walhalla 345.0
5.8 (S) Westminster (2.8 miles to right) 350.8
13.0 (S) Welcome Center 363.8

West to East
Start in Oconee County from the Welcome Center at the Jct. I-85 and SC 11

0 (S) Welcome Center Cross I-85 on SC 11  
13.0 (S) Westminster (2.8 miles to left) 13.0
5.8 (S) Walhalla 18.8    
18.0 (S) Pickens County Line 36.8
1.0 (S) Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area 37.8
12.9 (S) Table Rock State Park 50.7
6.4 (S) Greenville County Line 57.1
9.4 (S) Pleasant Ridge County Park 66.5
16.3 (S) Spartanburg County Line 82.8
3.7` (S) Campobello 86.5
3.4 (S) Cross I-26 89.9
16.2 (S) Chesnee 106.1
0.3 (S) Cherokee County Line 106.4
1.7 (S) Cowpens National Battlefield 108.1
9.9 (S) Cross I-85 in Gaffney 118.0
1.2 (L) W. Fredrick (SC 11) in Gaffney 119.2
0.6 (L) Granard St. (US 29) in Gaffney 119.8
7.4 (S) Blacksburg 127.2
3.3 (R) S-11-21 130.5
3.7 (R) SC 216 134.2
5.4 (S) Kings Mountain State Park 139.6
0.5 (R) SC 161 140.1
9.6 (S) SC 161 & US 321 merge 149.7
1.4 (L) SC 5 Bypass in York 151.1
4.3 (L) SC 5 155.4
8.8 (R) SC 901 in Rock Hill 164.2
3.5 (L) SC 72 in Rock Hill 167.7
2.2 (R) SC 5/SC 21 in Rock Hill 169.9
5.9 (L) Stay on SC 5 175.8
3.9 (S) Cross Catawba River (Lancaster County Line) 179.7
4.0 (R) US 521 - Andrew Jackson State Park on the left 183.7
7.3 (L) US 521 Bypass in Lancaster 191.0
2.0 (L) SC 9 193.0
13.7 (S) Chesterfield County Line 206.7
7.2 (S) Pageland 213.9
9.7 (S) Mt. Groghan 223.6
3.2 (S) Ruby 226.8
2.1 (L) SC 265 228.9
3.8 (S) Chesterfield 232.7
1.0 (R) S-13-20 233.7
10.1 (L) US 1 243.8
3.3 (R) US 52 247.1
0.8 (L) S-13-148 - Cheraw State Park Entrance on the right. 247.9
4.2 (R) US 1/SC 9 in Cheraw 252.1
0.8 (S) Marlboro County Line 252.9
1.1 (S) Stay on SC 9 in Wallace 254.0
12.7 (L/R)  Stay on SC 9 in Bennettsville 266.7
0.7 (L) US 15/US 401/SC 9 267.4
1.2 (R) SC 9 268.6
7.7 (S) Clio 276.3
4.7 (S) Dillon County Line 281.0
7.7 (S) Little Rock 288.7
3.0 (S) Cross I-95 291.7
1.1 (R) US 301/US 501/SC 9 in Dillon 292.8
1.0 (L) SC 9 in Dillon 293.8
1.0 (R) SC 57 in Dillon 294.8
4.3 (S) Floydale 299.1
2.3 (L) S-17-22 301.4
2.0 (S) Little Pee Dee State Park 303.4
1.0 (R) S-17-155 304.4
3.6 (L) SC 41 308.0
1.4 (R) S-17-174 309.4
3.3 (S) Marion County Line (S-17-174 becomes S-34-88) 312.7
3.8 (S) SC 9 in Nichols 316.5
1.2 (S) Horry County Line 317.7
22.0 (S) Loris (1.6 miles to right) 339.7
24.1 (S) End at Cherry Grove Beach 363.8

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