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Lake Murray, South Carolina Weekend Planner – Day Trip Destinations

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DAY TRIP DESTINATIONS

Ridgeway, South Carolina

A short 45-minute drive from Lake Murray, the town of Ridgeway embodies the heart and soul of a small Southern town. Located off I-77 North, Ridgeway holds the record for the “World’s Smallest Police Station”.

Photo Credit: http://ridgewaysc.org/

Take exit 34 off I-77 and keep right. In about 4 minutes you will arrive in small town America. Don’t drive through town too quickly – you might just miss the unique finds in this ½ square mile town (or 311 acres).

What might you find on a trip to Ridgeway, South Carolina?

Laura’s Tea Room – rated one of America’s Top 10 tea rooms by USA Today. The tea room opened in 2008 in the heart of Ridgeway and offers an elegant experience, full of grace, charm, and, of course – tea.

When you arrive, don’t forget to select a hat and a tea cup. Prepare yourself for an afternoon of fun and memories. Visit their website for tea times and reservations: www.laurastearoom.com

Address: 105 N. Palmer Street Ridgeway, SC 29130
Phone: (803) 337-8594


Olde Town Hall – a small town restaurant and pub with some of the best food in South Carolina – according to OnlyInYourState.com. A foodie’s dream stop, this place has a menu that caters to a variety of palates. From a South Carolina staple, like shrimp and grits, to a more refined filet mignon.

Just a few miles off exit 34 on I-77 N, Olde Town Hall is a must when you visit Ridgeway. Visit website: http://www.oldetownhall.com/

Address: 140 S Palmer St, Ridgeway, SC 29130
(803) 337-0389
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM; Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM


The Alpaca Experience at Hanna Hands Farm – this local farm is home to many traditional farm animals and 13 fantastic alpacas. A great source of yarn, you can visit the alpacas and the farm throughout the week. The 1st Saturday of each month features Farm Day Markets.
Visit their website to see the farm has to offer.

Address: 3283 Longtown Road, Ridgeway, SC 29130
(803) 381-8186
Hours: Monday – Thursday 4 PM – 7 PM; Saturday 9 AM – 2 PM


Shopping – Ridgeway offers a variety of specialty clothing stores, home decor, consignment antiques, furniture, discount retail, an auction house and more!

Don’t let the small size fool you! There is a lot to do and see in a day. Check out the town’s website (http://ridgewaysc.org/), plan you day, and head North to Ridgeway!


Here are more great places to visit that are just a few hours away from Lake Murray and Columbia. Pull out your GPS and plan a fun day!