Ashley River Road
State: South Carolina
Length: 11.0 mi / 17.7 km
Time to Allow: 25 minutes to drive the byway or two days to visit places along the way.
The Ashley River Road passes by three national historic landmarks -- Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, Drayton Hall and Middleton Place -- as it traverses a National Register Historic District that traces the history of European and African settlement, commerce and industry from their colonial origins to the present.
In the heart of the Deep South, beneath trees weighed down by moss and years in the hot South Carolina sun, lies the Ashley River Road, a short stretch of pavement immersed in Southern history and culture. History buffs and tourists alike flock to the area to bask in the presence of elegant plantation homes with sprawling, fragrant gardens and search for antiques, art, and memories of Southern delicacies to take back home.
Every spring, near the southern tip of South Carolina, uplifting aromas, low-hanging Spanish moss, and brightly-colored flowers come together to bring feelings of freedom and life to all who travel the Ashley River Road. Enjoy glorious vistas designed and enjoyed as early as the 1800s while you learn about this exciting slice of American history.
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1-Day Trip: Ashley River Road Itinerary
For history buffs, nature lovers, or couples looking for a romantic getaway, the Ashley River Road offers hidden treasures beyond gracious gates....