Why Everyone In South Carolina Should Visit This One Tiny Town

The next time you’re heading west from Columbia on I-26 traveling toward Greenville or Spartanburg, think about passing through the small town in South Carolina of Peak. It’s less than 10 minutes from I-26. A picturesque mountain community not far from Chapin, the number of things to do in Peak, South Carolina is amazing.

We can’t be sure why this seemingly thriving town in the early 1900s stopped growing. Nor can we be certain why Peak’s population has declined from a high of 183 residents in 1910 all the way back down to near its official 1880 census count of 62. But we can be sure that Peak has survived. Today’s residents of Peak are a testament to that fact.

Think about that as you pass through admiring this tiny town. If you look closely enough at the land and the buildings you’ll see much more than pure southern charm. You’ll see the resilience of generations of families that have prevailed in keeping this tiny town alive for the last 135 years.

Have you been to Peak, South Carolina? What did you think about your time there? Tell us all about it! And take a look at this footage of the Palmetto Trail to get an idea of how beautiful Peak is.

For more fun things to do in the Palmetto State check out our list of natural wonders in South Carolina.

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March 24, 2023

What are the best road trips through South Carolina?

If you long to get out on the wide open road, here are a few of the best road trips through South Carolina to get you started:

  • The haunted places in South Carolina road trip is oh so scary, but well worth the fright! You'll visit seven notoriously frightening stops in about eight and a half hours of driving.
  •  The natural wonders in South Carolina road trip is sure to take your breath away with stops at massive trees, even larger rocks, and side by side waterfalls.
  • The waterfalls in South Carolina road trip is utterly awe inspiring. In only four and a half hours you will see seven stunning waterfalls.

Which hikes in South Carolina should I go on? 

Lace up those boots and fill up your water bottle, it's time to go on one of these fantastic hikes in South Carolina. The views are more than worth the effort:

  • Table Rock Trail in Pickens is six and a half miles and an uphill climb for the first half, but along the way you will find a delightful creek with a waterfall to rest your feet in. And the view from the top can't be beat.
  • Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve in Lexington offers an easy 2.4 mile loop to one of the newest natural landmarks in the state, as the rock that this preserve is named after has toppled and looks quite different now.

What are the most charming small towns in South Carolina? 

If you are longing for local charm, take a day trip or spend a weekend in one of these adorable small towns in South Carolina:

  • York has a charming historic district with tons of great dining and shopping options. Definitely check out the Peach Orchard, a peach-centric open air market.
  • Travelers Rest has recently experienced some revitalization and is well worth your time. The historic district is charming for a stroll and there are some gorgeous parks to hike or relax in.
  • Georgetown is often overlooked but it is so picturesque. The old houses are beautiful, the dining is superb, and the town is extremely walkable.