Off the Beaten Path

Have you already explored the cities? There is plenty to discover in the outskirts of Florence and Lake City.

  • Coward is the home of Lynches River County Park – a great place for birding, archery, kayaking, and river fishing.
  • Johnsonville is the place for Revolutionary War buffs – check out Venter’s Landing, or rent a kayak from Swamp Fox Kayak and Canoe Rental to check out Rev War sites.
  • Olanta has an unusual Carolina Bay that is wet year round. Check out Woods Bay State Natural Area.
  • Pamplico is the home of the annual Cypress Festival in September.
  • Scranton is THE place for lunch – check out Scranton Cafe and Schoolhouse BBQ. You’ll also find River Rats Kayak and Canoe Rental in Scranton, along the Lynches River.
  • Timmonsville has two exceptional farm stops – Ovis Hill and Little Fruit Farm
Artisan Outpost

Artisan Outpost

On the second Saturday of each month, you'll find artists and artisans at the Artisan Outpost in Johnsonville. Artisans range ...
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Big John's Grill

Big John’s Grill

Big John's Grill in Pamplico has been serving up delicious burgers, pulled pork and southern style ribs since 2013. Big ...
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Blue Tides Crabspot

Blue Tides Crabspot

Blue Tides Crabspot serves up tasty seafood. Blue Tides Crabspot 473 Quinby Plaza, Quinby, SC 29506 (843) 799-0326 ...
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Cartoni's Pizza

Cartoni’s Pizza

Cartoni's is a family owned and operated restaurant conveniently nestled between Florence and Lake City.  Stop by and see why ...
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Charleston

Charleston

Founded in 1670 as Charles Town, Charleston is the largest city in South Carolina and is just two hours south ...
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Chic Restaurant

Chic Restaurant

Delicious home-cooked cuisine is served up with a smile at Chic's in Johnsonville. Gravy and fries are the perfect side ...
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Coward

Coward

Your first stop traveling Highway 52 south from Florence is the quaint town of Coward (population 752) where you’ll find Lynches River ...
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Cypress Festival

Cypress Festival

The Pamplico Cypress Festival is held annually in the month of September. This family event, held since 2005,  is sponsored ...
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Eastern SC Heritage Region

Eastern SC Heritage Region

The Eastern South Carolina Heritage Region highlights the Pee Dee region and coastal areas of the state, and features lots of stops ...
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Francis Marion Trail

Francis Marion Trail

Imagine Gen. Francis Marion and his men hiding out in the dense forests and swamps in the Pee Dee during ...
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Geocaching

Geocaching

Geocachers welcome! At last check there were 290 caches within 30 miles of Florence. If you’re new to geocaching, we've found an ...
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George's Family Restaurant

George’s Family Restaurant

A staple since 1981, George's Family Restaurant offers southern-style cuisine like fried chicken dinners, seafood with hush-puppies, and open-faced roast ...
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Hop, Skip, and a Jump Away

Hop, Skip, and a Jump Away

Overnighting in Florence provides a relaxing stay with the option for taking day trips to popular tourist sites. Florence is located ...
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Johnsonville

Johnsonville

If you’re a Revolutionary War buff and/or nature enthusiast, you’ll feel right at home in Johnsonville! On the first Saturday of ...
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M & M Farms and Flowers

M & M Farms and Flowers

M & M Farms and Flowers is a quaint roadside stand near Turbeville. You'll find in-season vegetables and beautiful potted ...
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McKenzie Farms and Nursery

McKenzie Farms and Nursery

McKenzie Farms and Nursery has been producing vegetables and other crops since the 1960s. While they grow watermelons, squash and ...
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Moonlit Paddles

Moonlit Paddles

When the moon is full, we join the owls out on Lynches River for guided 2-3 hour paddles. Check out ...
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New Dragon Chinese - Pamplico

New Dragon Chinese – Pamplico

New Dragon Chinese is Pamplico offers a variety of delicious Chinese cuisine for dine-in or takeout. New Dragon Chinese 622 ...
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New Dragon Chinese - Timmonsville

New Dragon Chinese – Timmonsville

New Dragon Chinese in Timmonsville offers Chinese, Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine for dine-in or take out. New Dragon Chinese 112 ...
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Olanta

Olanta

Your trip to Florence isn’t complete without visiting Woods Bay State Natural Area - 1,500 acres of cypress-tupelo swamp in Olanta. Woods Bay ...
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Our Heritage

Our Heritage

Florence is rich in cultural heritage - whether you're looking for agricultural experiences, arts in action, culinary delights, or African-American ...
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Pamplico

Pamplico

Your first stop traveling Old River Road east from Florence is the town of Pamplico, home to the annual Cypress Festival in September, ...
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Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

Since the early 1980s, Pearl Fryar has created fantastic topiary at his garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Living sculptures, Pearl’s ...
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Rotary Beauty Trail

Rotary Beauty Trail

The Rotary Club of Florence maintains an eleven-mile Rotary Beauty Trail through an historic residential area of Florence, featuring azaleas, ...
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SC Button Museum

SC Button Museum

The Button Museum stands in honor of Dalton Stevens, who played songs on a button-covered guitar while wearing a button-covered ...
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Schoolhouse Bar-B-Que

Schoolhouse Bar-B-Que

At Schoolhouse Bar-B-Que, you will enjoy an “all you can eat” style buffet of southern goodness inside an old four-room ...
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Scranton

Scranton

Scranton may only have 932 residents, but it is THE place for lunch! Check out Schoolhouse BBQ for a Southern buffet with pulled ...
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Shady Rest Family Restaurant

Shady Rest Family Restaurant

After exploring all that Johnsonville has to offer, dine at Shady Rest Restaurant for delicious fried chicken and all the fixin's! ...
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Sweet T

Sweet T

Homemade, southern-style comfort food is on the menu at Sweet T in Pamplico. Stop in to try their friend chicken ...
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Tijuana's Grill

Tijuana’s Grill

Tijuana's Grill in Johnsonville offers a delicious menu full of Mexican cuisine centered around flavors of Tijuana. They offer something ...
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Timmonsville

Timmonsville

Locals say some of the best seafood around can be found in the town of Timmonsville. Truluck’s Seafood serves up some of ...
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Truluck's Seafood

Truluck’s Seafood

Truluck's Seafood is worth the drive to Timmonsville. They offer fresh seafood cooked to your taste. It's a local favorite ...
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Woods Bay State Natural Area

Woods Bay State Natural Area

Woods Bay State Natural Area stretches for over 1,500 acres in Olanta. The cypress-tupelo swamp area gives visitors an up-close look at one ...
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