ver the years we have noticed that some of our summer guests
arrive late, grumpy, exhausted and exasperated by the traffic
jams in and around Conway, SC. If you are arriving on
Saturday in the summer, we suggest you find an alternate route. (See
our map.) Generally, it is better to come to George town than to come
via Conway and Myrtle Beach to Litchfield. It is a few miles
longer, but takes less time and hassle. If you are coming
from Columbia, you can simply come via Sumter,
Manning, Andrews, and Georgetown to Litchfield.
If you are a little more adventurous, prefer a
little better scenery and have a navigator, you
can try our preferred back road route which is
written out below.
A CAVEAT: These are very precise measured
directions. Ninety-nine percent of the people
who have used them for years have succeeded.
One percent storm into our office
swearing they are mistaken. Don’t be the
If on I-20 in Columbia, take it east to mile
marker 81. Exit right onto Road 53. The exit
number is 82.
At the stop sign at the top of the exit ramp, turn right. In two-tenths
of a mile, you will come to a dead end with a stop sign. Turn left. Go
about a half mile and “Screaming Eagle Road” will fork off to the
right. Take the right fork. Set your odometer and go about 8 miles on
“Screaming Eagle Road” to a dead end. Turn right. This is McCord’s
Ferry Road. Set odometer and go 8.5 miles.
Go under the overpass and immediately turn left, east on Highway 76.
Set odometer. Go about 18 miles. Just past a stop light there is a sign
saying “Florence - Conway.” Yield here to oncoming traffic, and take a
left. Set your odometer and go 15.3 miles.
Turn right onto 527 (there is an old station on your left at the place
where you turn right). This is the road to Kingstree. Set odometer and
go to Kingstree, to the stoplight. It is about 26 miles. You will cross
over I-95 before getting to Kingstree.
At the stoplight go straight across. You are on Academy Street. Go
two blocks and the street veers almost 90 degrees to the right. Stay on
Academy. Go to the second stop light and turn left onto Main Street.
Set your odometer and go 9.8 miles on Main Street, which becomes
If it is raining, be very careful after Kingstree. There may be some
standing water in some spots.
After 9.8 miles there is a fork in the road. Take the right fork, toward
Nesmith, and set your odometer. (Remember what Yogi Berra said.
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”) Go about 16 miles
and there is a stop sign. Go straight across and you are on Highway
51, which leads to Georgetown.
At Georgetown take High way 17 North to Litchfield Beach, about
14 miles. (HINT: Upon entering Georgetown, you can save a minute
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or two by turning left – about a 45 degree turn at the Scotchman
Convenience store. This road goes by Georgetown Hospital and is a
shortcut to Highway 17. At the traffic light on 17 you’ll be taking a
left and that will be Highway 17, headed north.)
Exit from I-95 at Dillon and follow Rt. 301 to Latta,
then 501 and Marion Bypass. Take 41 A (41 A
on map but sign says 41 ALT) and follow
it to Rt. 41 at Centenary. Follow Rt. 41
south to Rhems. From Rhems take Rt. 51
to Georgetown. From Georgetown take
Highway 17 north to Litchfield Beach.
(HINT: Upon entering Georgetown, you
can save a minute or two by turning left
– about a 45 degree turn at the Scotchman
Convenience store. This road goes by Georgetown
Hospital and is a shortcut to Highway 17. At the traffic light on
17, take a left, heading north.) It may seem like you have gone a long
way out of your way, but it is just a little over 15 miles difference coming
this way instead of going through Conway and Myrtle Beach.