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Tucked away from interstates and all the hustle and bustle of large cities sits the picturesque small town Travelers Rest, SC. Sitting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Upstate, where Highway 276 and 25 meet, the town has been rapidly growing over the past decade and is now a top destination for those seeking a classic southern mountain lifestyle.

Travelers Rest is located just minutes from Greenville, with an average of 20-30 minute drive from the city center to city center. The town is also an hour from Spartanburg and Asheville, two hours from Charlotte, and three from Atlanta. Whether you are retirees looking to slow down (but still close to the action) or families looking for more outdoor adventures, Travelers Rest is a wonderful place to call home. Let’s explore! Click the menu below to learn more about Travelers Rest, its vibrant community, outdoor activities, and favorite communities.

Travelers Rest is a perfect spot for city-working outdoor enthusiasts to let their hair down. Boaters are less than an hour from picturesque Lake Keowee and for hikers, Paris Mountain is less than 20 minutes away. Take a hike or simply picnic on the banks of quiet Lake Placid. Looking to bike? How about to Greenville? Yes, we said that! The Swamp Rabbit Trail connects Travelers Rest to Greenville and its section of the multi-use trail system is just under 18 miles. There is also the Bunched Arrowhead Nature Preserve Loop, a short 1.3-mile loop that was rated number one for trails in Travelers Rest on AllTrails.com.

The town, being tucked at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a close distance to larger hikes with commanding views of the well-worn mountain range. Caesar Head State Park and Table Rock State Park are both within a 30-minute drive and offer ample hiking trails, fishing spots, campgrounds, and views for miles.

Like many idyllic small southern towns, Travelers Rest has a strong sense of community and it’s woven throughout all of its shops and restaurants. Local restaurants source from nearby farms and have a welcoming ambiance. Shops offer unique selections including locally sourced goods and artists’ works. And events throughout the year encourage visitors to enjoy the town and the best of local’s handmade or hand-grown work.  Here are our favorite spots in Travelers Rest that give you a true taste of the town:

  • Monkey Wrench Smokehouse: No southern town is complete without an amazing BBQ joint and Monkey Wrench doesn’t disappoint.  Wood smoked BBQ and brisket, buttermilk fried, and flavorful southern sides with a wide selection of craft beer, bourbon, and whiskey.
  • Kramers Korner Shops is a charming little shop located in the heart of Travelers Rest that features locally made artisan gifts, art, and clothing. You never know what you’ll find! And if you have a bit of a pickin’ bone, we love Charlie’s Southern Rustiques. It is filled with small odd treasures to use in your home, from iron hooks to mill stones and baskets.
  • There are a few galleries in Travelers Rest that feature local artists, including the White Rabbit Gallery and Wild Hare Gallery.
  • Enjoy a locally crafted beer with Travelers Rest’s own brewery, the Swamp Rabbit Brewery. Take an afternoon break and cool down with a cream or cherry wheat ale.
  • Finally, no small town review is complete without a great coffeehouse.  Tandem is a coffeehouse that serves up Counter Culture Coffee, a Durham coffee company,  as well as delicious crepes, waffles, and their own housemade pecan granola (yum!).  Set inside what looks to be an old general or hardware store, the shop oozes local charm and is a perfect place to start your day in Travelers Rest.

Once just open during warmer months, the Travelers Rest Farmers Market has started to hold pop-up events in January through April as well. The market is a true weekend event, filled with local farmer’s produce, meat, honey, baked goods, and other handmade items like quilts, soaps, and candles. The market will also host food trucks and live music during many of its weekends, making it a go-to weekend attraction for the whole family. Click here to view upcoming events.

Home Market Statistics in Seneca

Travelers Rest has over 7,500 residents as of 2020 and as of 2021, a current median home value of $291,000, up 19% from the previous year according to Zillow.  The town is seeing explosive growth and demand has increased the median listing price to $400,000.

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