South Carolina Regions: A Glossary of Terms

Welcome to South Carolina! Let me be among the first to say, “We’re glad y’all are here!” Let’s talk about some of the locational terms of South Carolina Regions.

Welcome to South Carolina! Let me be among the first to say, "We're glad y'all are here!" Let's talk about some of the locational terms of South Carolina Regions.
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This glossary of terms will help you get connected to the homeschool resources nearby you. Find some local field trip ideas to get you started. You can explore your region for a while…and then explore the other regions too!

Which South Carolina Region are you in?

South Carolina Regions

Welcome to South Carolina! Let me be among the first to say, "We're glad y'all are here!" Let's talk about some of the locational terms of South Carolina Regions.

Lowcountry Region

The entire coastline is at a lower elevation. Nearer to sea level. So you’d think that all the coastal counties would included. But, when we say “Lowcountry”, we mean specifically the south-east area of the state. The salt-marsh is located here. These counties are located in the Lowcountry region:  Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, and Orangeburg.

Field trip ideas to get you started:

Homeschool resources to get you connected:




Pee Dee Region

The north-east quadrant of the state is referred to as the Pee Dee. Pee Dee River in this region was named after the Pee Dee Native American Tribe. The 60-mile Grand Strand is located here too. The counties that are part of the Pee Dee region: Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg.

Field trip ideas to get you started:

Homeschool resources to get you connected:


Midlands Region

The central area of the state is called the Midlands. Sometimes also called the Sandhills. The State Capitol is located here. The counties that make up the Midlands: Aiken, Barnwell, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, and York.

Field trip ideas to get you started:

Homeschool resources to get you connected:

  • Accountability Associations: Alliance (AHA), Carolina Homeschooler, Faithful Scholars, REACH the TOP, Safe in HERALD5, SCAIHS.
  • Homeschool Support Groups: CHALK, SHIELD, REACH, Fort Mill Area Homeschoolers, Rock Hill Area Homeschoolers, YEAH, CSRA Home Educators
  • Co-ops and Resource Centers: School of the Minds, Excelsior! Academy, Chapin Academy, Arrows Academy, Learn Bravely, Lexington Co-op, Monday’s Artist/Writer’s Circle, Principia, Pathways Co-op,
  • Homeschool Expo, June 16, 2018



    Upstate Region

    The north-west corner of the state is called the Upstate, Upcountry, or Piedmont. Sometimes this region is called the Foothills because the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains are located here. The counties that are part of the Upstate: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union.

    Field trip ideas to get you started:

    Homeschool resources to get you connected:

    There’s not a real boundary line for these regions. So some of the counties may be considered in another region than I have listed. Feel free to identify yourself in another region, if you prefer. I’d love to know where you are–and what resources you recommend for newcomers to your area.

    Let’s explore and get to know the South Carolina Regions!
    Where would you go? Tell me in the comments

    More about Getting Started Homeschooling in South Carolina:


About Kim Andrysczyk

Homeschool veteran, Association Director, coffee addict, sarcasm expert, and accidental blogger. I'm here to encourage you thru the tough times and inspire you toward excellence. If I can make it, so can you!

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