America's Scenic Byways

Oscar Wigington Scenic Byway

14.5 miles - Allow 25 minutes.

This scenic byway winds through the hardwood of Sumter National Forest along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Turnouts along the byway provide scenic vistas of the surrounding mountains. Fall is a popular time for driving the byway with colors of orange, red, and gold vibrant along the way.

Hikers, backpackers, and horseback riders will be interested in this byway with the miles of trails running through beautiful mountains. Maps of the wilderness area and its trails are available from the Andrew Pickens Ranger District in Walhalla. Other trails throughout the forest provide opportunities for short walks to longer day hikes. For a day along the water, the Chattooga River crosses the national forest. Portions of this river have been designated a National Wild and Scenic River. The river offers white-water rapids for those interested. Outfitters can provide all you need to enjoy a float trip down this wild river. Trout fishing is also a favorite activity on the river.

After a long day of sightseeing along the byway,there is the Cherry Hill Recreation Area. It is a national forest campground located directly along the byway for camping needs. This campground has 22 tree-shaded sites with picnic tables. Drinking water, restrooms, and shower facilities are also provided. Oconee State Park is near the southern end of the byway and has 140 sites with water and electrical hookups.