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Your leader in protecting, growing, and enjoying South Carolina.

For more than 25 years, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor has been a trusted compass for South Carolina, providing leadership and direction to communities seeking to preserve, protect, and promote their best assets while guiding visitors to the most unique and special places in the state.

By actively engaging with visitors and residents, gleaning knowledge from that engagement to build strategic partnerships with communities that not only benefit them but the state as a whole, and finally, investing dollars in meaningful ways that will have the biggest impact, we ground our direction in the past, celebrate the present, and lead communities into the future, helping South Carolina thrive from the mountains to the sea.

Who We Are

We are committed to promoting and preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of South Carolina

Founded in 1996, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor (SCNHC) is a nonprofit organization and one of 55 congressionally designated National Heritage Areas (NHA) of the National Park Service (NPS) — recognizing the national importance of South Carolina’s natural, cultural, and historic resources. NPS partners with NHAs to provide technical assistance and distribute matching federal funds from Congress.

Spanning 17 counties from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, SCNHC is committed to preserving, protecting and promoting the history and heritage of South Carolina through its competitive grant program, which has awarded over $15 million in funds to tourism projects across the state.

SCNHC’s support reaches far beyond its designated areas to cover all of South Carolina through its community development services. From community and business branding to design and marketing strategies, SCNHC helps cities and local businesses across the state promote themselves and encourage tourism.

In addition to its grant projects and community development services, SCNHC manages several key programs including The Southern Edge Magazine, Paddle SC, South Carolina Seven (SC7), and the Carolina Barbados Connection Project.


Our partnerships and programs are building a better South Carolina.

The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor has spearheaded a number of successful programs that focus on education, research and promoting South Carolina.

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South Carolina Seven (SC7)

South Carolina Seven is a partnership between Global Eco Adventures and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. Its mission is to get people outdoors so they gain an appreciation for the state’s natural resources and do their part to protect them.

The Southern Edge Magazine

Founded by the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, The Southern Edge is a magazine created to celebrate the people and places of the South.

Paddle SC

Paddle SC is a statewide partnership working to promote kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, and other paddle recreation opportunities throughout South Carolina.

The Carolina Barbados Connection Project

The Barbados & the Carolinas Legacy Foundation and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor partnered on a mission to raise awareness of the historic connection that binds South Carolina and Barbados.

Our Impact

We are making South Carolina a better place to live, visit and explore.

From historic preservation to community development, program management and everything in between, our skills work together to build a better South Carolina. We are innovative in finding ways to preserve our state’s cultural, natural and historic resources.


Awarded more than $15 million to various tourism projects across the state


Number of non-heritage corridor communities helped


Number of waterways documented


Number of places in South Carolina tied to Barbados


Number of participants in SC7 over 3 years


Issues of Southern Edge Magazine printed over 4 years


We can guide you to a brighter path forward.

You care about the small towns, the environment and are looking to leave a legacy behind. So are we. Together we can enrich local communities while building your presence within the community. The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor has programs and initiatives that we can match you with. With our help, you have the ability to reach a large audience and assurance that your investment will enhance the quality of life in specific communities across South Carolina.

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Champions of South Carolina

Department of the Interior Environmental Achievement Award Winner

South Carolina 7 Expedition, or SC7, a partnership between the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor (a National Heritage Area and part of National Park System) and multiple organizations, promotes an appreciation of the outdoors, stewardship of resources, and active protection of the planet.

Conway designated as the inaugural South Carolina Trail Town

The South Carolina Trail Towns Program is a program of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. The purpose of the Trail Towns Program is to highlight communities that excel in outdoor recreation and provide a well-rounded approach for traveling outdoor enthusiasts. A named Trail Town can be sure to provide amenities for any outdoor traveler, whether you are new to recreation opportunities, or are a well-seasoned explorer. For communities looking to expand their recreation opportunities, The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor offers assistance and marketing ideas to gain the Trail Town certification. For more information contact Abbey Crocker [email protected]

2023 Fall Issue of The Southern Edge Magazine

Our Fall 2023 issue of The Southern Edge Magazine is now available! Whether you love outdoor adventure, eclectic recipes with a modern twist, or simply feel-good stories, this issue has it all.  Read the digital issue or start a print subscription today by visiting