More about Aiken County
Aiken County is a great place to visit! Bordered by the beauty of the historic Savannah River and the South Edisto Fork, there’s places to get your feet wet, bait a hook or simply cruise along the waterway. For those that like to stay dry, hike on one of many trails or go horseback riding on the new Langley Pond Disc Golf Park now open. The famed Hitchcock Woods, America’s largest urban forest in downtown Aiken is just right for the adventurous wanderer.
The Aiken County Historical Museum is a must see while you are in Aiken. Learn the story of the Winter Colonist of Aiken, colonial settlers of North Augusta, the role of Aiken County and the “the bomb plant” during the Cold War.
Of course, we’ve had our share of difficulties. We’ve endured the Revolution, the Civil War and the deadly Hamburg Massacre. Aiken County is the only county born from reconstruction.
Our history is intriguing.
Our heritage captivates all who enter this little place we call home.
Battle of Aiken
and Chitlin' Strut
Looking for events in Aiken County? From The Battle of Aiken in February, to The Chitlin’ Strut in November, Aiken County has many exciting and fun filled events and festivals for the whole family! The Battle of Aiken, where it all started many years ago, is a Civil War Reenactment that depicts the battle in 1865 which started with a few hundred men with muskets and has grown to a full blown 2-day Civil War festival. The annual Chitlin’ Strut in the Town of Salley is one of the largest festivals in Aiken County, attracting people from all over since 1966. Salley is known as “The Chitlin’ Capital of the World”! Check our calendar for more events in Aiken County!
Beautiful, Historic and Exciting
Where America’s Wealthy and Elite Came to Play. Come visit where the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Iselins, Astors, and more came to get away!
During the 1800’s Aiken became a popular health resort for coastal residents wishing to escape malaria and yellow fever. Northern residents fled to the Aiken area during bitter winters as Charlestonians fled during the summer months. News spread quickly that the area’s pine-scented dry air and spring water were quite a healing combination. Horses were also brought along for enjoyment during the 1800’s. The area became a prestigious health resort and also, the “Sporting Capital of the South.”