- The Midlands region of South Carolina incorporates the southern most Piedmont area, between the Appalachian Mountains to the west and the Atlantic coastal plain to the east. The region includes large portions of the Sumter National Forest, in two sections, around the towns of Whitmire and Greenwood. The Enoree and Tyger Rivers, both popular for canoeing, both flow through the Sumter. The three State Forests, Harbison, Sand Hills and Manchester, all lie in this region.
The region offers several very large lakes and reservoirs. J. Strom Thurmond and Russell Lakes are located along the Savannah River. Lake Murray, Lake Greenwood and Lake Wateree are located in the middle of the state, not far from Columbia. Most of these large reservoirs have State Parks located along their shores. The Congaree Swamp National Monument, the Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge and several State and National Historic Sites are also found in this region.
Recreation - This region offers many wide ranging outdoor recreation opportunities. The large reservoirs offer boating, water skiing, fishing and other water based activities. The National Forest and the State Parks offer opportunities for activities such as camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and more. The Enoree and Tyger Rivers, on the Sumter National Forest, provide popular canoe trips. The Sandhills Wildlife Refuge provides opportunities for bird watching, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, hiking and viewing scenery. The areas historic sites provide visitors the opportunity to explore the region's past.
Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.
The Midlands Region of South Carolina includes the middle portion of the state, between the Upcountry to the northwest and the Low country to the southeast. The Midlands includes the capital city of Columbia. Interstates 20, 26 and 77 lead through this region.