Union County offers a variety of opportunities for leisure activities and relaxation. Golf, tennis, youth sports, motor sports, championship high school athletic programs, a national championship ROTC rifle team, and a host of outdoor recreational opportunities highlight Union County's quality of life. When added to very affordable housing with a number of architectural choices and a low cost of living, there is no doubt that Union County is a great place to raise your family.
The scenic Broad River flows through Union County and the Upstate of South Carolina, not only providing electricity, but serving as a recreation source for those who enjoy canoe trips, sliding past pine forests and getting an opportunity to enjoy nature upclose.
A 24-mile stretch along the Tyger River in Union County is designated as the Tyger River Float Trip and a 30-mile stretch along the Enoree River provides another enjoyable boating excursion for those who love the water and nature. The Palmetto Trail, a hiking and camping path which stretches from the mountains to the Atlantic coast will cross a 25-mile length of Union County when completed.
Fishermen enjoy the county's five lakes where they fish for bream, bass, and catfish. In addition to the Broad, Tyger, Pacolet, and Enoree Rivers, Union County residents are within a short drive to several lakes with excellent fishing, camping, and watersport opportunities.For the outdoor enthusiast, Union County offers considerable resources for hunting, fishing, boating, fishing, camping, or simply relaxing in the great outdoors. Nearly 55,000 acres of the County have been reserved as part of the Sumter National Forest which is nationally known for its abundance of deer and wild turkey. Thousands of hunters converge on Union County each year during turkey and deer season to take part in some of the best hunting in the country.
Union County has always played an integral role in the history of South Carolina. From Revolutionary War battles, to antebellum plantations, and a legacy of Civil War history, Union County residents are proud of their past. Rose Hill Plantation State Park offers a nostalgic look at the antebellum South. Located just minutes from downtown Union, Rose Hill State Park provides visitors with an array of activities on the grounds of the home of the former secession Governor of South Carolina, Henry Gist. Built between 1828-1832, Rose Hill Plantation has been beautifully restored and visitors can enjoy tours of the home and gardens. The park also offers picnic areas, walking and bike trails, and nature trails.
Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson (The Upstate) Region - South Carolina’s Upstate region, which includes the Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson areas, is located at the base of the Blue Ridge Escarpment and the Appalachian Mountains. The upstate region is home to a number of cultural venues that attract national and international performances that reach out to diverse audiences across the state.
In the Upstate, across the Carolinas, and over to Atlanta, there are spectator sports for every type of enthusiast. Professional sports have become a prominent feature with basketball, baseball, and football available in Atlanta and Charlotte and minor league baseball in Greenville. Area collegiate sports include the football, basketball, and baseball teams of Anderson College and Clemson, Furman, and Wofford Universities. Spectators also enjoy the close proximity to professional golf at The Masters in Augusta.
Wallace Thomson Hospital is a prominent icon and an integral part of the Union, South Carolina community. Originally built in 1921 with 13 beds, Wallace Thomson Hospital has undergone major renovations and is a full-service facility licensed for 143-beds and accredited by the Joint Commission. Our recent upgrades allow us to enhance the community's life-saving services and offer additional quality of life strengthening services, including emergency medicine, laboratory and diagnostic tests, surgical services, pain treatment, and inpatient nursing care.
Upstate South Carolina is blessed with world class medical systems and thousands of surgeons and physicians who excel in their respective fields. The 10 Upstate counties are served by 14 state-of-the-art medical systems which provide more than 4,600 general medical and surgical beds. Of the four Level 1 Trauma Centers in South Carolina, the Upstate is home to two – Greenville Memorial Hospital and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.