Spring in Lancaster County (SC)

  • Wildflowers on 40 Acre Rock
  • Hanging Rock
  • Kilburnie / the Craig Farm
  • French cuisine


April 2 – 4, 2025


  • Two nights at Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm; sumptuous homemade breakfasts
  • Delicious dining, including one chef-catered dinner with wine at Kilburnie
  • Local exploration with native experts: Liberty Hill; Hanging Rock; 40 Acre Rock
  • Lancaster’s state-of-the-art Native American Studies Center (museum)
  • Beautiful backroads driving routes

Trip Description

Welcome back to Lancaster County, SC, and one of Explore Up Close’s favorite “organic exploration experiences.” This 3-day trip is built around community-spirited, preservation-minded “citizen-history buffs” . . . who apparently thrive in the local soil. Add in one French chef who can bring his culinary act on the road. The trip is timed to coincide with one of natural South Carolina’s great spectacles: the wildflower bloom on 40 Acre Rock, a one-of-a-kind place in the state. Gentle walks will abound (but are not required). Enjoy one inspiring dinner event at Kilburnie / the Craig Farm; and the other dinner overlooking Lake Wateree. Besides wildflowers, we’ll uncover stories about the Revolutionary War, the state’s early canal system, and the region’s rich Native American culture.

What's Included

  • Comfortable van transportation
  • Accommodation for 2 nights
  • Breakfast, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • All touring per the itinerary
  • Guide and concierge service throughout the trip

Trip Price

$2,045 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $245)

What's Not Included

Price does not include alcohol, other meals, or optional trip insurance.

..well-planned, from interesting and fun excursions planned each day, to comfortable lodging and transportation. Our trip leaders, Chumley and Khal, were impressive with their knowledge of each area we explored and gracious in their planning of every aspect of our trips.

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This trip departs from Greenville / Spartanburg, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina. If you live elsewhere, please contact us to discuss travel arrangements, and we will look forward to assisting you!

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