Spend a day this spring visiting Spartanburg, a thriving city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains; home to charming plantations, an historic downtown, the BMW production plant, shopping, and creative cuisine. Spartanburg is a straight 93 miles north-west, about an hour and a half drive up I-26 West from Columbia.
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site:
Stretching out over 397 acres, the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site offers a beautiful landscape along the Enoree River and Horseshoe Falls and is the historic location of the Revolutionary War Battle at Musgrove’s Mill on August 19, 1780. Musgrove Mill is 55 miles from Columbia, just off I-26W, so it’s a great place to stop and enjoy a picnic on your way to Spartanburg. There are two hiking trails situated in the park, both ranked “easy”, and range between a mile and a mile and a half. Along one of the hikes, British Camp Trail, outdoor posts label significant stops such as ruins of the Musgrove family home and the grist mill. Stop in the Visitors Education Center to learn about the battle fought here, and try on a replica war uniform! Admission is free and pets are allowed on a leash in most outdoor areas. The main gate to the park is open daily from 9am-6pm. 864.938.0100. | 398 State Park Road, Clinton, SC.
Enjoy a walking tour of downtown, which should take about an hour. A walking tour map is available online as a PDF, or printed brochure from the Spartanburg CVB at 105 N. Pine St.. Morgan Square, the city’s primary downtown hub, is the original courthouse village and this is where the tour begins and ends. Enjoy shops located along the way. 864-594-5000. visitSpartanburg.com
Spring is a great time to experience Spartanburg’s Cottonwood Trail. Located along Lawson’s Fork Creek near Spartanburg High School, the Cottonwood Trail offers over 5 miles of nature trails. It caters to a variety of people who enjoy walking, running, kayaking, or canoeing (no rentals available). Enjoy a break from city life and amble along its 550 foot boardwalk winding through wetlands. The trail is home to deer, wild turkey, fox, beaver, birds, reptiles, wildflowers and over 50 species of trees.The Cottonwood Trail is open from dawn until dusk everyday. Beechwood Drive | 864.948.0000
Spartanburg Regional History Museum:
The Museum’s permanent exhibit offers a walk-through of Spartanburg history from the early days of Spanish explorers like Juan Pardo to the role the area played in the Revolution to the military training camps of the 20th century’s two World Wars and beyond. The decorative arts gallery showcases the Museum’s outstanding collection of Spartanburg and Piedmont area furniture — including several distinctive half-penny inlay pieces — locally made pottery, hand-crafted quilts and samplers, and other artwork. The Spartanburg Historical Association owns and operates the museum, as well as the 1765 Walnut Grove Plantation in nearby Roebuck, which is also open to the public (currently under renovation, but still open). Beginning in mid-April 2018, the museum will feature an exhibit drawing attention to the exciting history and advances of technology, such as with the car and telephone. Admission is free and guided tours are available. 864.596.3501. | Tuesday- Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00pm and Sunday, 1:00pm- 5:00pm. Chapman Cultural Center: 200 E. St. John Street Spartanburg, SC 29306
Lunch | Willy Taco
Simple, yet delicious, Tex-Mex is what Willy Taco is all about. They are known for their delicious seasonal salsas and unique street tacos. Their crispy avocado taco with its fried avocado, sweet chili sauce, shaved cabbage, microgreens, pico, toasted sesame seeds, and Willy’s house made crema is one of Southern Living’s top recommendations. Willy Taco is open Tuesday- Saturday 11:00am- 10:00pm, and offers Sunday Brunch 10:00am- 4:00pm. | 930 E. Main Street Spartanburg, SC 29302. 864.327.8228
Dinner | Cribbs Kitchen
A fine dining experience that won’t break the bank. Cribbs Kitchen is a family owned restaurant exclusive to Spartanburg with a broad menu and a modern inside and outside atmosphere. Start off with a fried pimento cheese ball fritter, then move to a salad or specialty burger and crispy brussel sprouts. As the winner of the 2016 Cribbs Burger Cook Off, the A.C.Rauschenburger is a top hit. It features a black angus beef patty, smoked gouda, prosciutto, romesco sauce, red onion, tomatoes, and mayo. Complete your dining experience with a refreshing beer, glass of wine, or unique cocktail. Tuesday- Saturday 11:00am- 10:00pm, Sunday Brunch 11:00am- 2:00pm | 226 B West Main Street Spartanburg, SC 29302. 864.699.9669