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Travelers Rest, South Carolina
U.S. Route 276 in Travelers Rest
U.S. Route 276 in Travelers Rest
Official logo of Travelers Rest, South Carolina
TR, Gateway to the Foothills
"Get in Your Element"
Location of Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Location of Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Greenville
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 6.33 sq mi (16.38 km2)
 • Land 6.23 sq mi (16.14 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
1,099 ft (335 m)
 • Total 4,576
 • Estimate 
 • Density 857.83/sq mi (331.22/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-72430
GNIS feature ID 1251197

Travelers Rest is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 4,576 at the 2010 census, a small increase from 4,099 in 2000. By 2018 the population had jumped to 5,253. It is part of the GreenvilleMauldinEasley Metropolitan Statistical Area. Travelers Rest, the northernmost city in Greenville County, is located 10 miles north of Greenville and around 20 miles south of the North Carolina border. Furman University, a private liberal-arts university, was annexed into the city limits of Travelers Rest in April of 2018 and North Greenville University, a private Christian institution, is located in nearby Tigerville, SC.


The John H. Goodwin House and George Salmon House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A marker has been placed at the site of the home of Dicey Langston, regarded as a "heroine in the American Revolution", home on Tigerville Road.


Travelers Rest is located north of the center of Greenville County at 34°58′12″N 82°26′16″W / 34.97000°N 82.43778°W / 34.97000; -82.43778 (34.970100, -82.437814). U.S. Route 276 passes through the center of town as Main Street, leading northwest 25 miles (40 km) to the North Carolina border at the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains north of Caesars Head and south 9 miles (14 km) to the center of Greenville. U.S. Route 25 passes through the east side of the city, leading north 30 miles (48 km) to Hendersonville, North Carolina, and south 12 miles (19 km) to Interstate 185 to the west of Greenville.

As of the 2010 census, the city had a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.8 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.06 km2), or 0.54%, were water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 1,973
1970 2,241 13.6%
1980 3,017 34.6%
1990 3,069 1.7%
2000 4,099 33.6%
2010 4,576 11.6%
2019 (est.) 5,346 16.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Travelers Rest racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 6,004 77.09%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 879 11.29%
Native American 16 0.21%
Asian 151 1.94%
Pacific Islander 4 0.05%
Other/Mixed 343 4.4%
Hispanic or Latino 391 5.02%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 7,788 people, 1,751 households, and 1,171 families residing in the city.

Downtown revitalization

Adopted by City Council in November 2006, the "Downtown Revitalization" plan was started to create "elements" in Travelers Rest such as:

  • Points of Interest
  • Branding Concepts
  • Streetscape
  • Buncombe Road Park
  • Infill and Redevelopment

Brooke Henson

Brooke Leigh Henson (MPCCN Case File#1220F90), a native of Travelers Rest, has been missing since July 4, 1999. There was a bizarre development in 2007 when a woman named Esther Elizabeth Reed (originally from Montana) apparently stole Henson's identity to register at Columbia University in New York City. She was scheduled to be interviewed by New York police, although the police do not believe she was involved in Ms. Henson's disappearance, but rather was a prolific purchaser of false identity documents. The case was aired on the November 4, 2007 telecast of America's Most Wanted. ...end comment-->


Furman University is south of Travelers Rest with Greenville as the designated address. The city is also the home of the Travelers Rest High School Devildogs.

Travelers Rest has a public library, a branch of the Greenville County Library System.

See also

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