Your Guide to Upstate SC

As your guide to Upstate SC, I stay up-to-date on community news and information. Whatever questions you have, I will look for reliable sources of information for you.

Let's dig into the details of the properties you are considering. Each of our upstate counties has GIS maps with topography, flood plains, council representatives, zoning and more. There is a wealth of information stored in each of our county's websites and courthouses, and I love research projects! 

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Greenville County

Greenville County is the largest in the state and stretches from the Piedmont mountains at the north, the Saluda River at the west, south to rolling farmlands in Ware Shoals. BMW and their suppliers are located near the airport on the eastern side. There are many communities in the county, many with a distinct downtown area.

The county has several former textile mills undergoing rejuvenation as new sites for homes and shops. The "textile crescent" is clustered along the Reedy River near the city. There are additional mills in remote areas. 

City of Greenville provides great reasons to with their fun and up-to-date information. 

In Greenville County the Parks, Recreation and Tourism department has information on activities and resources from youth sports to the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

True fact, the train track that was repurposed for the Swamp Rabbit Trail originally moved people and goods from Greenville to Traveler's Rest. "TR", as the locals call it, is a thriving community.

All of Greenville County is served by one school district: Greenville County schools. Their GIS mapping system is found at: GCGIS

Pickens County

Pickens County is just over the Saluda River from Greenville County. Pickens County's western edge has a string of lakes, Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee, and Lake Hartwell, which each offer recreation, fishing, and unique real estate opportunities. The county is also home to Table Rock State Park with its hikes and mountain views. The northern portion of the county has mountain views, the southern part has rolling hills.

Pickens County is home to Clemson University, well-known as an agricultural and engineering school. The Clemson Cooperative Extension has offices throughout the state and an informative website with articles for gardeners. If you're near Clemson, the South Carolina State Botanical Gardens are a beautiful inspiration for gardening and landscaping. The Bob Campbell Geology Museum, now hosted on the grounds of the Botanical Garden, has been a favorite spot for me to visit with my younger brothers ever since our Dad started teaching at Clemson in 1990. 

Further east in Pickens County, the city of Easley has affordable options for housing. Easley is investing in its growth - $1.8 million in bond revenue is being used to revitailize the downtown Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district.

Their downtown area is fun to visit. The Bleu Voodoo Grill has amazing artwork. 
Downtown Easley is one of the trailheads for the Doodle trail, a rail-to-trail project in Pickens County. It connects Easley to the county seat, Pickens. 

Pickens is "Where the Mountains Begin" and has scenic vistas from unexpected places, like the high school parking lot. Pickens also has a thriving mountain music scene, with programs by the Young Appalachian Musicians and the Hagood Historical Mill.

Pickens County also has one county-wide school district, Pickens County Schools. Information about and a link to the Pickens County GIS system are found at: Pickens County GIS.