America's Scenic Byways

Pee Dee Valley Drive

14 miles - 30 minutes

The Pee Dee River Valley is the setting for this North Carolina scenic drive. Located in the region of the Uwharrie National Forest, this byway travels by beautiful piedmont country with many recreational opportunities. Between Badin Lake and Lake Tillery, visitors will find places to stop and play along the Pee Dee River.

The Pee Dee River itself is a part of the many stories and legends in the region. The river's name actually originates from the Catawba Indian word for smart, capable, or expert. The river travels south through South Carolina and finally empties into the Atlantic Ocean.