CHEROKEE FOOTHILLS NATIONAL SCENIC HIGHWAY

  • Location: Greenville, Pickens and Oconee Counties
  • Size: ~800 acres
  • Public Use: Hiking, hunting (seasonal), and fishing
  • Partners: SC Conservation Bank, SCDOT and Federal Highways Administration, SCDNR, Graham Foundation, 

Cherokee Foothills Highway below Caesar's Head State Park looks out towards Table Rock. Photo © Mac Stone

The Cherokee Foothills Highway (SC 11) traverses Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee Counties beneath the majestic Blue Ridge escarpment. Once a major thoroughfare for Cherokee and Keowee Indians, the nationally designated scenic highway now carves through small towns, pristine lakes, and wilderness areas across the Upstate. It has been featured in publications all over the country for the natural beauty that surrounds this quaint two lane highway. 

Naturaland Trust has been working tirelessly to sustain the scenic quality of the Cherokee Foothills Highway through land acquisition and partnerships with local, state, and federal organizations. Through the years, we have helped protect the Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area, Keowee-Toxaway Park, Caesar's Head State Park, and the Mountain Bridge Wilderness. Although designated a Scenic Highway by the Federal Highway Administration, official protections along the highway are essentially non-existent. Over the last four years Naturaland Trust has competed nationally and received over $3 million from the Scenic Byways Program to help permanently protect many key tracts and vistas, anchoring the highway's distinct features.