|Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, Anderson County sits in the state's northwestern corner--an area commonly referred to as the Upstate. Midway between Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA along Interstate 85, on what was once Cherokee hunting grounds, Anderson County is studded with landmarks from the past. The area has many treasures for those interested in exploring its history.
The county seat is the city of Anderson, once heralded as the City of Hospitality for its friendly people and beautiful gardens. During the industrial revolution, with the first long-distance transmission of hydroelectric power, Anderson was reborn as the Electric City. It was the first city in the United States to have a continuous supply of electic power and the first in the world to create an electricity operated cotton gin.
Offering a mild climate with four distinct seasons, Anderson County is a thriving economic and cultural community. With Lake Hartwell, Lake Jocasee, Lake Russell, Lake Keowee, and J. Strom Thurmond Lake , the area has approximately 3,000 miles of shoreline and thousands of acres of lakes perfect for year-round recreation.
If that isn't enough, Anderson County is only a short drive from Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand on the Atlantic Ocean while still being in sight of the beautiful and majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Two of the fastest growing metropolises in the country (Atlanta and Charlotte) are just two hours away, putting international cultural events and national sports teams well within reach.
Clemson University is just 20 minutes away from the city of Anderson, and offers a wide variety of nationally ranked sporting teams, as well as numerous cultural and educational opportunities. Clemson University focuses on research, public service, and world-class teaching. The research conducted at Clemson is a huge asset to industry in the area.
Anderson County is served by two major railroads (Norfolk-Southern and CSX) and two shoreline railroads (Pickens Railroad Company and Greenville & Western Railway Company). The area rail service makes all major metropolitan areas in the United States accessible by rail within three to six days. Amtrak serves the area with passenger train service with stops in Greenville and Clemson on the Crescent.
The Anderson Regional Airport serves the citizens and businesses of Anderson County and surrounding areas. The Airport has a Category I Instrument Landing System for all weather operations with a 6,000 ft runway. Anderson Regional Airport does not have any commercial destinations, but there are many passenger service options close by. The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is only 35 miles away, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL) is 110 miles away, and e Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is only 120 miles away, making air travel to any location in the world readily available.