If you’re looking for the best small towns in South Carolina, you’ll find that there are a lot to choose from. From visually stunning towns to those infused with character, there’s just no shortage of places to fall in love with here in the Palmetto State. Today’s feature destination certainly qualifies, and it has a particularly unique claim to fame. Here’s more on the town of Branchville, South Carolina.

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Have you ever been to Branchville? What did you think of this unique small town in South Carolina? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below — we would love to hear from you! If you need the perfect home base while you’re exploring the area, be sure to check out this list of unique vacation rentals in Orange County, South Carolina

Do you have an interesting or favorite South Carolina small-town claim to fame story that’s different from this one, perhaps from a different part of the state? Tell us about it in the comments section below! 

And check out these other nine charming small towns in South Carolina that the state just wouldn’t be the same without. 

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Small Towns In South Carolina

What are some of the most charming small towns to visit in South Carolina?

As you can probably imagine, South Carolina is brimming with picturesque small towns. Below you'll find a list of some of the most charming small towns to visit in South Carolina:

  • McClellanville -- first known as the St. James-Santee Parish region which was first settled in the 1600s
  • Pawley's Island -- famous for becoming a retreat away from the river during mosquito season
  • Sullivan's Island -- site of a major Revolutionary War Battle
  • Cheraw -- home of the famous St. David's Church, which was built in 1774
  • Rockville on Wadmalaw Island -- historically a summer escape for Southern planters
  • Chesterfield -- home of the first secession meeting held in South Carolina in 1860
  • Edgefield -- part of the Great Wagon Road
  • Blackville -- a historic railroad town with one of the state's most beautiful community libraries
  • McCormick -- hosts an annual McCormick Gold Rush Festival to celebrate the historic gold mines

 

Of course, these are just a handful of the countless charming small towns in South Carolina you can visit. For more information on the places mentioned above, be sure to check out our full list of picturesque towns in South Carolina to explore.

What small towns in South Carolina have the best restaurants?

There are so many bucket-list-worthy restaurants in South Carolina, both in the state's biggest cities and smallest towns. Below you'll find a list of some of the most incredible restaurants in South Carolina:

  • Dinoland Cafe - Myrtle Beach
  • Hans & Franz Biergarten - Greenville
  • Hampton's - Sumter
  • Revival - Charleston
  • Jianna - Greenville
  • Lucy Bell's - Daufuskie Island
  • Luvan's Fish Camp - Conway
  • Mill Pond Steakhouse - Rembert
  • Scott's BBQ (the original location) - Hemingway
  • Hershberger's Bakery - Fair Play
  • Pane E Vino - Hollywood
  • Poe's Tavern - Sullivans Island

 

Have you ever visited any of the above eateries? For more information about what makes each place so special, be sure to check out our full guide to the best restaurants in South Carolina -- there's one for every month of the year!