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Scenic Highway Proposal

Keep Oconee Beautiful Association (KOBA) is pursuing approval to add the designation of Scenic Highway to a section of Highway 130 (Rochester Highway) between Seneca, SC and Salem, SC. The proposed section is currently flexible but potentially covers a three mile stretch between the traffic lights at Old Clemson Highway and Doug Hollow Road.

A Scenic Highway is a public road having special scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeologic, and/or natural qualities that has been recognized through legislature or some other official declaration.The term refers not only to the road itself but also the corridor through which it passes. The distance the corridor extends from the road may vary with the different intrinsic qualities associated with its Scenic Highway designation. The features associated with the intrinsic qualities are representative, unique, irreplaceable, or distinct characteristic of the area, region, or country.

Scenic Highways offer unique travel experiences because they tell stories to visitors about people and places and empower local communities to promote enhance, preserve, and protect critical resources.

A copy of the Oconee County Scenic Highway Ordinance (Article III- Sections 26-151 through 26-156) can be found at the following link:   (Article III)


Currently South Carolina has designated portions of State Highway 11 in Oconee and Pickens County and a portion of Highway 107 as Scenic Highways.   Oconee County has designated a section of Highway 28 (Blue Ridge Boulevard) between Seneca and Walhalla as County Scenic Highways.

The sponsoring organization applying to the county for designation of a highway as a Scenic Highway shall be responsible for the removal of trash along the portion of the highway so designated as a scenic highway no fewer than three times each year. This fits within KOBA’s purview being one of the sponsors of Adopt-A-Highway, Adopt-A-Spot, One Oconee, Great Oconee Cleanup and Second Saturday Litter Pickup.

Financial support for this project will be provided by the KOBA Board of Directors.


Submitted By:

Phil Soper, Treasurer

Keep Oconee Beautiful Association


Cell; 864-903-1717

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