Union County was named for the old Union Church, erected in 1765 near the present day town of Union. The early settlers in the area were mainly Scotch-Irish from Virginia and Pennsylvania who began immigrating to the South Carolina upcountry in the 1750s. A rich and fabled history provides the foundation for much of the county’s allure. Union County was the scene of several significant battles during the Revolutionary War, including the battles of Musgrove’s Mill (August 18, 1780), and the Battle of Blackstock (November 20, 1780).
Union County’s lifestyle offers a variety of opportunities for leisure activities and relaxation. Golf, tennis, youth sports, championship high school athletic programs, a national championship ROTC rifle team, and a host of outdoor recreational opportunities highlight Union County’s quality of life. When added to very affordable housing with a number of architectural choices and a low cost of living, there is no doubt that Union County is a great place to raise your family.
For the outdoor enthusiast, Union County offers considerable resources for hunting, fishing, boating, fishing, camping, or simply relaxing in the great outdoors. Nearly 55,000 acres of the County have been reserved as part of the Sumter National Forest which is nationally known for its abundance of deer and wild turkey. Thousands of hunters converge on Union County each year during turkey and deer season to take part in some of the best hunting in the country.
The scenicBroad River flows through Union County and the Upstate of South Carolina, not only providing electricity, but serving as a recreation source for those who enjoy canoe trips, sliding past pine forests and getting an opportunity to enjoy nature upclose. 24-mile stretch along the Tyger River in Union County is designated as the Tyger River Float Trip and a 30-mile stretch along the Enoree River provides another enjoyable boating excursion for those who love the water and nature. The Palmetto Trail, a hiking and camping path which stretches from the mountains to the Atlantic coast will cross a 25-mile length of Union County when completed.
Visit the Union County, South Carolina website for more information.