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Anderson, South Carolina - The Electric City

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, skirted by lakes and rivers, Anderson County lies along the South Carolina Heritage Corridor in the state’s northwestern corner.

Named for Revolutionary War leader Robert Anderson, Anderson boasts a mild climate with four distinct seasons and a thriving economic and cultural community. Positioned between Atlanta and Charlotte on what was once Cherokee hunting ground, Anderson is studded with landmarks from its past for those wishing to explore its history.

The county seat, Anderson, was heralded as the “City of Hospitality” for its gracious air and beautiful gardens. During the industrial revolution it was reborn as the “Electric City” for its pioneering use of hydroelectric power. Anderson's horizon for exploration is promising in all directions. The majestic Blue Ridge Mountains are an easy day trip for hiking, biking or climbing. In addition, the Anderson area offers camping, picnicking, swimming, and other outdoor activities at several State Parks.

Anderson's Downtown Revitalization project is a dynamic example of breathing new life into old landmarks: charming shops, restaurants, and galleries line the historic heart of town.

Anderson County is home to 55,950-acre Hartwell Lake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake with nearly 1,000 miles of shoreline for residential and recreational use. Anderson is within sight of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and is a morning drive from the Atlantic Ocean beaches of Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand as well as Charleston. Its communities have a small-town feel that make people want to stay. But the area, with one of the lowest costs of living in the United States, is a thriving industrial, commercial and tourist center.