Spartanburg South Carolina is located next to the city of Greenville, to the west of Columbia. Spartanburg SC takes its name from the Spartan Rifles, which was a group of militia soldiers during the Revolutionary War which was influential in helping to win key battles during the war. Spartanburg officially became an incorporated town in 1831, and since that time has served as a great location for vacations as well as a good side trip destination from Greenville, South Carolina.
Spartanburg travel is characterized by visits to some
great South Carolina
plantations, as well as the Cherokee Scenic Highway.
The scenic highway starts just outside Spartanburg SC
and takes travelers past Lawson"s Fork Creek, one of the
area"s most beautiful places for a hike. The Cottonwood
Trail is the place to go near the scenic highway and walking
trail for a hike. Along the way, Spartanburg travelers
will find multiple areas for picnicking with tables in
place. Also found on the trail is the Hatcher Garden and
Woodland Preserve, which is a thickly wooded area that
provides a protected area for wildlife and special kinds
of birds from Spartanburg.
Another popular choice for Spartanburg travelers on
vacation is the Cotton Creek Golf Club, an 18-hole course
found in town. When compared to many of the more expensive golf courses in South Carolina
such as the ones found in Hilton
Head and Myrtle Beach,
the $15 - $25 green fee seems quite reasonable. Other
golf courses in Spartanburg SC include the Oak Ridge Country
Club and the River Falls Plantation course. Each of these
courses is 18-holes and both charge less than $50 per
person for green fees.
Folks staying at a Spartanburg hotel or in town with children and looking for something to do may also consider checking out the Spartanburg Swim Center, a community swimming pool which is indoors and heated. Open swimming is just $1 per person, and there are separate family times and lap swimming times. The town pool is open daily from 7:30 am until 8:30 pm.
Travelers who come to town on a South
Carolina flight headed for Spartanburg will likely
come through the Greenville Spartanburg Airport. As you
might expect, the Greenville Spartanburg Airport is located
halfway between Spartanburg and Greenville and is frequented
by locals from both cities. The Greenville Spartanburg
Airport is considered to be one of the nicest airports
in the state, featuring conference rooms throughout the
airport. Rental car companies are also found on the bottom
floor of the Greenville Spartanburg Airport, and include
Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Thrifty offices. The airport
is about a 25 minute drive to either Spartanburg or Greenville,
and to Columbia or Charlotte the drive is about an hour
and a half. The Greenville Spartanburg Airport opened
in 1962 and services Us Airways, United, Northwest, Delta,
Continental and American Eagle airlines with frequent
flight times. Many of the most popular flights are from Dallas, New
York and Atlanta.