South Carolina is a state in the United States. Hitchhiking is okay, as long as you don't stand on the roadway. Fines may be high, so be aware. South Carolina has the cheapest gas in America, which means that people from nearby states often cross the border to fill up. In addition, those on longer trips will wait until they get here to refuel and takeaway break. Travel centers in South Carolina are surprising hubs for long distance drivers.
An Amtrak and Greyhound station resides here. Only around 75 miles from Myrtle Beach. Try not to get stuck in Florence: we (male and female) spent two days without any rides. Our CS host drove us to a rest stop about 20 minutes South where we got a ride to Savannah from there.
Myrtle Beach has many friendly people and it is quite easy to get away with sleeping on beach during season. However, be aware there is a heavy presence of drugs here, and people aren't always as nice when they're about that life. Hitchhiking isn't too hard, I rode the 501 in. A great little spot I got a ride from was Sparky's gas station, gift shop, and restaurant in Marion.
There is not much to do in Spartanburg, though the locals are very friendly. It is a poor town and quite conservative. There are some cool old, graveyards and abandoned houses to explore.
If you are traveling between Atlanta and points Southwest to Western North Carolina, Virginia, or Eastern Tennesee, you can take 85 north out of Atlanta until you hit 26 at Spartanburg. The first exit west on 26 after it intersects 85 will take you to two gas stations. There is some local traffic here, but also many people going north into Asheville and beyond. The locals are friendly, though conservative. They even drove Owen to Asheville just because they 'had nothing better to do' and treated him to beer.
There are many large fuel stations in the Greenville area, especially in the North near Traveler's Rest. There is also a Pilot Station outside of Piedmont with both car And truck traffic. Owen found rides immediately.
Article 25 Pedestrians; Rights and duties thereof
- Section 56 5 3180. Pedestrians soliciting rides or business.
- (a) No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.
- Road - That part of the trafficway which includes both the roadway and any shoulder alongside the roadway.
While South Carolina doesn't appear to define "roadway" in a legal context, the definition of "road" appears to imply that "roadway" is a section of the "road" which does not include the shoulder. Because of the lack of a definition for roadway in South Carolina, it is advisable that one hitchhikes from off the paved portion of a road to avoid any trouble.
Note: All land owned by the National Park service prohibits hitchhiking under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 section 4.31: Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited except in designated areas and under conditions established by the superintendent.
Congaree National Park For the purpose of hiking a park trail, hitchhiking is permitted to obtain transportation back to one's vehicle or from one's vehicle to a trail entry point. It shall not be permitted where it creates a traffic hazard.
I only went through the corner of South Carolina once in 2011 around Spartanburg, so I have little to draw conclusions from, however my wait was never longer than 30 minutes. Thewindandrain (talk) 00:22, 2 June 2013 (CEST)
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