There’s nothing quite like fall in Santee Cooper Country. No matter which counties you choose to visit, we guarantee delicious meals, beautiful scenery, and an abundance of history to delve into. There’s a little something for everyone to enjoy as we enter a season of changing leaves and fresh, crisp, South Carolina air. We’ve outlined some of our must-do autumn adventures and even gathered a list of accommodations to ensure you fall in love with Santee Cooper Country.
Sit and Stay a While
When coming into town, you’ll need a relaxing place to stay in between all the food you’ll be tasting, history you’ll be experiencing, and fun you’ll be having! Whether you’re looking for a little slice of heaven in one of our hotels or a night under the stars at our campgrounds, there’s no shortage of spectacular local stays ready to welcome you!
For the traveler in need of quiet accommodations and a cozy place to lay their head, check into peace and quiet at the Best Western Magnolia Inn and Suites, in Ladson. Here, guests can expect cheerful staff and a home-away-from-home atmosphere.
While in the realm of Berkeley County, be sure to visit Angel’s Landing Campground, Restaurant, and Marina. This one-stop-shop provides all your dining, lodging, and boating needs. Come relax in the great outdoors with your family and friends as you soak up the fall season and enjoy a little leaf-crunching fun!
A Taste of the Country
Everyone knows you can’t explore on an empty stomach. Whether you’re in the mood for savory southern comfort or looking for all the local favorites, we’ve got you covered. Start your morning at Solid Grounds Coffee Shop, the cutest caffeine corner in Clarendon County for a warm drink and friendly service.
For those residing in Orangeburg County, begin your tasting trail at Sweatman’s Barbeque, for mouthwatering pulled pork and mac and cheese. When visiting Calhoun County, you’ll want to grab a basket of fried-goodness from Bleu Market Cafe. Expect flavorful wings and a family friendly environment everyone can enjoy!
If you’re in the mood to satisfy your sweet tooth, Baker’s Sweets Bistro and Bakery provides a scrumptious pumpkin pie to anyone visiting Sumter County this fall! After all, what better way to get in the festive spirit than with a sweet treat?
Festival season is upon us and we cannot wait to welcome you to all the exciting events we have planned! Whether you’re a fall festival enthusiast, a history lover at heart, or ready to dive headfirst into all things Santee Cooper Country this season, we’ve prepared an unbe-leaf-able amount of amusement!
With September in full swing, we’re daze dreamin’ about the Raylrode Daze Festival! Located in Downtown Branchville, this festival is ready to commemorate the town’s railroad heritage. Come celebrate with train rides, can-can girls, gunfights, and more!
It wouldn’t be autumn without a good ole fashioned fair. Bring your loved ones as you indulge in a leisurely stroll through the Orangeburg and Sumter County Fairs. Here, you’ll get a firsthand look at rich agriculture and livestock, while you revel in the golden weather October brings. These fairs are fun for everyone and a great way to experience our piece of paradise through Santee Cooper traditions.
Speaking of traditions, we’re calling all history buffs! This October, we know the Annual Francis Marion/Swamp Fox Symposium will be the place for you. Get ready to explore the wonders of the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaign, led by the Swamp Fox himself, Francis Marion! While you’re here, check out the Swamp Fox Murals Trail in Clarendon County and step back in time to learn more about the history, art, and adventure!
Are you ready to let the gourd times roll this fall in Santee Cooper Country? It’s time to trick-or-treat yourself to a little getaway. Visit our events page to discover more ways to celebrate the season!
By: Morgan Gilbert