The SC Pecan Trail: Your Next Foodie Road Trip

The SC Pecan Trail offers travelers a unique opportunity to explore the state's pecan culture by visiting various businesses, farms, and attractions that showcase the versatility of this beloved nut. This summer, discover a wide range of pecan-inspired dishes, products, and experiences from savory dishes like pecan-crusted fish to sweet treats like pecan pie and pecan pralines. Of course, we'll include plenty of things to do that don't involve noshing on pecans. Let's go!

SC Pecan Trail destinations

Left: Pecan Danish pizza at Rebel Pie; Right: Top Hat Special-Teas

“Stars” on the Pecan “Walk of Fame”

One of the “stars” on the SC Pecan Trail “walk of fame” is the Pecan Danish Pizza at Rebel Pie, with a mouthwatering combination of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. Mama B’s pecan brownies at Young’s Premium Foods are a local favorite — the type of dessert that makes you full just by staring at it. Enjoy dainty pecan scones with a pot of hot tea or iced peach tea at Top Hat Special-Teas downtown tea room in Florence, the perfect thirst quencher for a hot summer day in South Carolina.

High Hill Creek Park mountain biking

Things to do when you're not eating pecans…mountain biking at High Hill Creek Park | Photo

Things to do on the SC Pecan Trail when you're not eating pecans

Some people like to split up their pecan-eatin’ with non-pecan-eatin’ activities. If you find this unnecessary, skip ahead.

For those seeking balance on their SC Pecan Trail journey, take a spin on the High Hill Creek Mountain Bike & Run Park. Nestled amid the scenic beauty of the Pee Dee region, this outdoor recreation destination offers miles of thrilling trails for mountain biking, trail running, and hiking. After an exhilarating workout, take a moment to soak in the natural beauty of the surroundings and recharge for the culinary delights that await you.

Alternatively, try hurling deceptively heavy axes while sipping on distractingly flavorful brews at Blade and Bull, housed in Seminar Brewing, a local craft brewery known for its laidback atmosphere. It's a great space for unwinding or engaging in a little friendly competition with your fellow Carolina Travelers.

Experience the charm of rural life at Langston Ranch, a family-owned pecan farm offering guided tours and tastings of their fresh pecan products. Learn about the history of pecan farming in South Carolina, stroll through the orchards, and sample an array of delicious pecan treats, from roasted nuts to gourmet candies.

Town Hall SC Pecan Trail

Spiced pecans atop oxtail ravioli and sweet potato puree at Town Hall

Visit the pecan “Town Hall”

Now here’s a Town Hall we’ll be the first in line to visit. Known for its upscale ambiance and innovative Southern cuisine, Town Hall offers a diverse menu featuring seasonal ingredients and locally sourced pecans in creative dishes that are sure to impress. Opting for more savory takes on the SC Pecan Trail, Town Hall offers memorable entrees like a rich oxtail ravioli atop a bed of sweet potato puree, and sprinkled with a generous handful of spiced pecans.

Local tip: Check out the rooftop patio for ultimate summer vibes!

Inn at the Crossroads in Lake City SC

The Inn at the Crossroads in Lake City SC is one of the best hotels in the SC Pee Dee region, let alone the SC Pecan Trail | Photo: Visit Lake City SC (Facebook)

Make it a weekend trip: SC Pecan Trail hotel recommendations

While we suppose you could conquer the SC Pecan Trail in a day, it’s likely best to schedule time for digestion. For a quick overnight stay in Florence, book a room at the Staybridge Suites. Take advantage of spacious suites equipped with a full kitchen and pull-out sofa. You can even nosh on pecans by the sparkling clean outdoor pool.

Off the beaten path, spend an entire day in Lake City when you stay at its crown jewel: The Inn at the Crossroads. This standout property exudes down-home opulence. The on-site Lake City Bistro features pecan-appointed specials on a seasonal basis.

SC Pecan Trail eats

Left: Lincoln's Brews food truck at Eats on the Creek
Right: Mama B's pecan brownies, available at Young's Premium Foods

Is there a best time to visit the SC Pecan Trail?

Don't miss out on the exciting events happening along the SC Pecan Trail, including Eats on the Creek, a food truck park at 2402 West Palmetto Street celebrating the flavors of the region. From pecan-themed tastings and global cuisine to live music and family-friendly activities, these events are a great way to experience the best of South Carolina's culinary scene in one place.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, hit the road, and embark on a culinary adventure along the SC Pecan Trail. With delicious dishes, charming accommodations, and exciting events awaiting you at every turn, this trail promises a memorable journey that will leave you craving more. Bon appétit!

Now that you've conquered the SC Pecan Trail, it's time to set your sights on another ambitious culinary adventure: Go bonkers for sonkers at the NC Surry Sonker Trail!

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