The 10 Best Things to Do in Pendleton, United States

November 29, 2017 Madelene Haan

Pendleton is a town in Anderson County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,964 at the 2010 census. It is a sister city of Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
Restaurants in Pendleton

1. Memorial Stadium

Macmillan Rd, Clemson, SC +1 864-656-2115
Excellent
85%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
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1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 210 reviews

Memorial Stadium

Reviewed By Michael A - Virginia

Memorial stadium, better known as Death Valley, is a great place to watch a football game. It seats 82,000. It has good sight lines and plenty of concession stands. Be prepared to walk, parking is tough, but no worse than most big college stadiums. It could use more restrooms, there are only four medium sized ones on each side of the stadium.

2. Woodburn Plantation

130 History Ln, Pendleton, SC 29670-8700 +1 864-646-7249
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Woodburn Plantation

Reviewed By 4business2 - Anderson, South Carolina

Have been to this home a few times for weddings, but had not taken a tour of the home until this past weekend. I love the Victorian carriage house and cabin on the grounds as well. It is the full history of this home that is the draw. Tours are given by Pendleton Historical Foundation at a small cost for adults and children over age 5. It is only open from Thursday to Sunday but the short drive from I85 to Pendleton is worth the trip. There is also a Civil War reenactment scheduled for this year, but I did not attend this event. I paired this home tour with the Ashtabula Historic home tour which is just a few miles away, and both are in Pendleton area.

3. Lake Hartwell

Anderson, SC
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 74 reviews

Lake Hartwell

Reviewed By mickiswit - Anderson, South Carolina

I grew up in Hartwell, Ga. and I currently live on the lake. I'm happy to answer any questions you have about the area. This is a huge lake with over 1000 miles of shoreline. However, it is a Corps of Engineers managed lake so the water levels vary greatly but for recreational activities you won't even notice. My Daddy loved the fishing and my favorite is jet skiing. Ask away if you want to know. Micki

4. South Carolina Botanical Gardens

150 Discovery LN, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29631 +1 864-656-3405
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 206 reviews

South Carolina Botanical Gardens

The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a diverse 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, and miles of streams and nature trails. The SCBG is an official American Hosta Society Display Garden. It has a butterfly garden, a wildflower meadow, many specialty gardens, and a 70-acre arboretum. The Gift Shop and Visitor's Center are open from 10:00 - 5:00 seven days a week (excluding University holidays).

Reviewed By onemichael - Greenville, South Carolina

Yes they have flowers in abundance but so much more. There is a Cactus or desert garden that is truly amazing. The trail wanders through Prairie grass, carnivorous plants and much more. Really informative signs and informationals. Definitely worth the visit. We will be back for more. There is a gift shop and visitors center at the top of the parking lot. Cheers!!! FYI, it is free.

5. Ashtabula Plantation

SC Highway 88, 3 miles east of downtown Pendleton, Pendleton, SC 29630 +1 864-646-3782
Excellent
67%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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11%
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4 based on 17 reviews

Ashtabula Plantation

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

Ashtabula Plantation is the answer to a trivia question. Who set the world's record for rice production? In 1845, Ashtabula produced a record 110 bushels per acre with each bushel weighing 43.75 pounds. During this period, the average production in South Carolina was about 40 bushels per acre. Now you know. But Ashtabula is known for other things. Located at 2725 Old Greenville Highway near Pendleton, South Carolina, the plantation dates to 1790. At one time, it was operated as a tavern on the stage road from Pendleton to Pickensville and Greenville. In 1828, Lewis Ladson Gibbes of Charleston built the two-story, nearly square, frame house now known as Ashtabula. Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, it is considered a significant example of a Lowcountry style plantation house. It also is part of the Pendleton Historic District. Today, it is a house museum run by the Pendleton Historic Foundation and is furnished with antebellum furniture. It is open to the public Tuesday through Friday and Sunday afternoons from April to October. Architecturally, the house is four bays wide, has a hip roof, two interior chimneys and a widow's walk at the top. It has two rooms on each side of a central hallway on each floor. The ceilings are about 12 feet high. The house has piazzas on three sides, supported by square columns. The interior walls are wide, horizontal planks covered with wallpaper. A passageway connects to the original, two-story 1790s brick house, which served as the kitchen and servants' quarters. The Pendleton Historic Foundation has done a wonderful job of restoring and preserving a historic relic of the Old South.

6. Fort Hill Plantation

Fort Hill Street and Calhoun Drive, Clemson University, Clemson, SC +1 864-656-2475
Excellent
57%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Fort Hill Plantation

Reviewed By HumptyD47 - Clemson, South Carolina

I know the title sounds negative, but over the years we've been to lots of old houses in many different locations. The Calhoun house is located on the Clemson University campus and it is a self guided tour. Parking can be difficult, depending on when you go there. There are a few spots supposedly for visitors, but good luck with that. Go on a Saturday or Sunday, but no Saturdays on home game days. The house is very well preserved and the furniture is correct to the period. Plaques to read while you look at the rooms. There is an outbuilding where John C Calhoun worked and where he did much of his writing. But you can't get in there, only look through the glass. A drawback would be the $5.00 donation (each) that we were asked for by the person sitting near the entrance. Interesting piece of local history.

7. Waldrop Stone Falls

398 Waldrop Stone Rd, Central, SC 29630-9036 +1 864-656-3311
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4 based on 1 reviews

Waldrop Stone Falls

Reviewed By onemichael - Greenville, South Carolina

Difficult to find but there are directions on the Web.
Turn left onto Madden Bridge Rd ( 4 mins )
Turn right onto Waldrop Stone Rd ( 1 min ) At the corner of these two roads.
It is a short hike on an easy, well maintained train. It looks very primitive when you get there. Worth the short hike about 1.5 miles round trip. Enjoy!!!

8. Hochstetler's Country Store

1470 S Walnut St, Seneca, SC 29678-1853 +1 864-882-3040
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Hochstetler's Country Store

Reviewed By ramona0101

I brought the kids to Hochstetler's Country Store for ice cream after visiting Upper Whitewater Falls in NC. It was quite a drive, but the reviews told me it'd be worth it. They were about the close when we arrived, but served us first. We got minty chocolate chip and salted caramel vanilla. The Nestle ice cream was really very creamy and excellent, and their waffle cones were perfectly prepared.
While the kids were getting their cones, I noticed the store is also a health food, bulk foods store as well. I picked out a bag of honey sesame sticks and a plastic container of flax seed chips as well. When we opened the flax seed chips for our Turkey burgers that night, they were terribly stale. I looked at the date, and it had been "packed" April 2017. No wonder they were stale! Ugh! So,if you shop here, check dates carefully.

9. Bob Campbell Geology Museum

140 Discovery Ln, Clemson, SC 29634-0001 +1 864-656-4600
Excellent
71%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Bob Campbell Geology Museum

Reviewed By cp32692 - Suwannee, Florida

Enjoyed. A must see for adults and children. We had a very nice time. Also, the entrance is a cactus garden that I really loved. Don't pass this by even if you are interested in gems and rocks. They had Animal and plant fossils. All very interesting !!

10. Split Creek Farm

3806 Centerville Rd, Anderson, SC 29625-6649 +1 864-287-3921
Excellent
64%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Split Creek Farm

Split Creek Farm is a Grade A goat dairy and cheese processing plant known for its national award winning artisan goat cheeses and goat milk fudge. The farm’s registered goat herd produces all the milk used for its products. The farm is open to the public daily. Stop by and enjoy visiting with the farm animals, sampling cheese and fudge, and shopping in the farm stores. Educational tours may be scheduled by appointment.

Reviewed By JOHN L - Siesta Key, Florida

We saw this under "Things to Do" on TripAdvisor". We really like goat cheese. So we decided to pay a visit. Quite the goat farm. 500+ goats. Urgently 125+ lactating. We just happened into one of the goat herders in the gift shop. She followed us outside to the pens where the young kids (baby goats) were being held. We saw some that were only 3-weeks old. Hard to believe how fast they grow. She was very pleasant, and imparted a lot of interesting information. We bought some goat cheese logs (very tasty), and some goat's milk fudge (very smooth & sweet). They also sell goat's milk. There are a lot of chickens about, thus fresh eggs are also for sale.

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