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2024 Guys Trip in South Carolina’s Old 96 District

Plan a guys trip to South Carolina’s Old 96 District for the perfect winter retreat for the outdoorsmen in your family! From lakeside camping and shooting sports to local breweries and championship golf courses, everything the boys need for a good time is within reach in the Old 96 District, encompassing the counties of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, and McCormick in the lower upstate of South Carolina.

 Camping and Lodging 

 For the classic experience of campfire cooking and sleeping out under the stars, reserve one of the 150+ spacious lakefront camping sites at Hamilton Branch State Park! With shoreline fishing, boat ramps, and a connector to the Stevens Creek Bike Trail, this is sure to be the perfect spot to set up camp with the guys. For those wanting a little more comfort for their retreat accommodations, check out a cabin at Hickory Knob State Resort Park, or any of our beautiful local bed and breakfasts

 Fishing and Boating 

Excited to get out on the water? The Old 96 District is famous for its freshwater lakes and prime fishing! Try and catch your next trophy bass from the shoreline, bring a boat, or rent one once you get here to experience what all the talk is about for yourself. 

Lake Greenwood State Park is also well known for its bass fishing and boating. While there, you won’t want to miss exploring the many hiking trails and views. 

Skeet, Clays, and Archery 

 Calling all marksmen! Did you know the Old 96 District is home to a 300-acre world class shooting facility? That’s right. The Palmetto Shooting Complex located in Edgefield, South Carolina is home to five trap and skeet overlays, two sporting clay courses, and 3D archery—the premier shooting facility in the greater southeast. The clay courses also change; come back next time and experience an entirely different course! 

For a hunting trip, check out Wood Widgeon Sportsman Camp, located in Plum Branch, South Carolina. This camp is home to 10 overnight sites, cabins, limited food service, hunting and creek fishing. What more could you need for an action-packed weekend?

Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries 

We hear no guys getaway is complete without a strong drink. Carolina Moon Distillery in Edgefield is a must-visit; this micro-distillery mashes, distills, bottles, barrels, and labels everything in-house! Good Times Brewery in Greenwood, South Carolina is located inside the Mill House pizzeria, so you can catch a bite and a drink at the same time. 

South Bend Winery, in Greenwood, South Carolina is also home to some unique wines, offering a Blackberry Malbec and a Lambrusco. 

Food and Dining 

Old 96 is home to some renowned restaurants, with Montague’s offering a friendly and warm experience for those after a drink. 

Be sure to stop in and visit the Edgefield Pool Room for a classic outing of a Burger and a game of Pool. Proud of their title as Best Burder in the South, you’ll have to test this one out for yourself! 

In the mood for some seafood? Blue Ocean of Clinton is perfect for a night out—offering fish, shrimp, and more, the big portions are sure to satisfy. 


Finally, for any golf enthusiasts in your group, South Carolina’s Old 96 District is home to 10 courses, including the on the shore of Lake Thurmond designed by Tom Jackson! Challenge yourself or go for your longest drive on wide forgiving fairways—the choice is yours. Click here for a full list of golf courses. 

With all this and more, we think South Carolina’s Old 96 District is the perfect place to discover the unexpected wonders and enjoy a guys getaway. Plan your trip today at

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