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Interstate 95 Northbound - Georgia to I-26

Interstate 95 North
Crossing the Savannah River from Chatham County, Georgia into South Carolina along Interstate 95 northbound. A swing bridge along the CSX Railroad line parallels the crossing to the east. Note the palm trees and welcome structure ahead. The decorative walls resemble the entrance of a subdivision rather than that of an Interstate crossing into a state. Photos taken 08/28/04.
Greeting northbound motorists ahead of the first interchange is a South Carolina Welcome Center and rest area. Free official state highway maps and tourist information are available at the forthcoming facility. Photo taken 12/20/06.
Interstate 95's first several miles in South Carolina exist within the Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is directly accessible via Exit 5 onto U.S. 17 south. The Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge on Port Royal Sound lies 22 miles to the east via Exit 8 and U.S. 278. Photo taken 12/20/06.
Intersecting Interstate 95 first in the Palmetto State is U.S. 17 at the Jasper County town of Hardeeville. Hardeeville lies at the junction of U.S. 17, South Carolina 46, and the south end of U.S. 321. U.S. 321 does not meet Interstate 95 directly, but rather spurs north from U.S. 17 three quarter miles to the north. U.S. 321 ventures north to U.S. 601's south end near Tarboro and beyond there to the Hampton County town of Estill in 36 miles. Photo taken 12/20/06.
Exit 5 consists of a half-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 17 (Coastal Highway) in Hardeeville. A large array of services lie along the four-lane U.S. 17. U.S. 17 provides a route into Savannah from the swampy lands north of the Savannah River. Connections with South Carolina 170 and South Carolina 46 lead east to U.S. 278 west of Hilton Head Island. U.S. 17 otherwise parallels Interstate 95 closely from Hardeeville north to Ridgeland. Photo taken 12/20/06.
Next in line is the Exit 8 diamond interchange with U.S. 278 (Red Dam Road) north of Hardeeville. U.S. 278 ends 33 miles to the east at the resort community of Hilton Head Island. The four-lane divided highway provides the first leg of a direct route also to the Beaufort County seat of Beaufort via South Carolina 170 to U.S. 21. Photo taken 06/12/05.
U.S. 278 east also leads to the Sun City community on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, a settlement along South Carolina 46 on the May River. Photo taken 06/12/05.

Interstate 95 northbound at the Exit 8 diamond interchange with U.S. 278. U.S. 278 merges with parallel U.S. 17 just west of Exit 8. The two highways travel north from there 10 miles to Switzerland and 15 miles to Ridgeland. U.S. 17 & 278 provide a viable alternate route to Interstate 95 when traffic accidents or other congestion delay the four-lane freeway. Photo taken 06/12/05.
One mile south of the Road 13 trumpet interchange near the Crow Field Road overpass on Interstate 95 north. Exit 18 provides a direct connection to parallel U.S. 17 & 278 near Switzerland and south Ridgeland. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Exit 18 departs Interstate 95 north for the connector to U.S. 17 & 278. Road 13 ties into the interchange from the east, leading north to junction South Carolina 336 at Grahamville east of Ridgeland. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Interstate 95 nears the Jasper County seat of Ridgeland and Exit 21 with South Carolina 336 (East Main Street). The state highway follows Main Street through downtown Ridgeland, intersecting U.S. 17 & 321 one half mile west of the freeway. U.S. 278 and U.S. 17 part ways two blocks north of their intersection with South Carolina 336. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Northbound at the Exit 21 diamond interchange with South Carolina 336 (East Main Street). South Carolina 336 travels 14 miles overall between U.S. 321 at Tillman and South Carolina 462 east of Ridgeland. The state highway in conjunction with South Carolina 462 south provides a back route to U.S. 278 and Hilton Head Highway. Navteq map service shows this alignment as U.S. 278 Alternate. Photo taken 06/12/05.
U.S. 17 continues north from its split with U.S. 278 (3rd Avenue) a short distance to its merge with Interstate 95 at Exit 22. A trumpet interchange ties the federal highway with the freeway at the north end of Ridgeland. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Exit 22 loops onto U.S. 17 southbound for return access to Ridgeland. U.S. 17 and Interstate 95 share pavement from Exit 22 northward to Exit 33. However old U.S. 17 remains in use on a parallel alignment west of Interstate 95 between Ridgeland, Coosawhatchie, and Point South. A frontage road also parallels Interstate 95 & U.S. 17 along the east side of the freeway on the 11-mile stretch. Exit 22 provides access to both the old U.S. 17 and northbound side service road. Photo taken 06/12/05.
South Carolina 462 meets Interstate 95 & U.S. 17 at the Exit 28 diamond interchange. The state highway follows a four-lane alignment northwest from the freeway onto a four-lane section of old U.S. 17 through Coosawhatchie. Photo taken 06/12/05.
The sixth of seven interchanges within Jasper County along Interstate 95 serves South Carolina 462 at the community of Coosawhatchie. South Carolina 462 comprises a 14.5-mile loop around Ridgeland between U.S. 278 near Gillisonville and U.S. 278 at the Beaufort County line. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 17 overlap to the Exit 33 trumpet interchange at Point South. The federal highway departs the freeway for Charleston and the sea coast by way of Sheldon, Jacksonboro, and Rantowles. U.S. 17 merges with U.S. 21 1.5 miles east of Interstate 95 for a six-mile wrong-way overlap between Pocotaligo and Gardens Corner. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Use Exit 33 for the LowCountry Visitors Center and Museum located nearby along U.S. 17. U.S. 17 splits nearby with U.S. 17 Alternate, a pre-Interstate system greater bypass of Charleston for U.S. 17 between Pocotaligo and Georgetown. U.S. 17 Alternate parallels Interstate 95 several miles to the east through Yemassee and Hendersonville. A more direct route to the highway for interests east to Summerville and North Charleston is to remain on Interstate 95 north to Exit 53. Photo taken 06/12/05.
U.S. 17 departs Interstate 95 northbound for Charleston (pop. 96,650) and the Atlantic coastline. Connections with U.S. 21 direct motorists southeast to Burton (pop. 7,180), Beaufort (pop. 12,950), Port Royal (pop. 3,950), and Hunting Island. U.S. 17 travels a marshy route between Gardens Corner and Jacksonboro, a two-lane stress lined with three-lane passing sections, all signed with a 50 mph speed limit as of 2006. U.S. 17 widens to four-lanes from Jacksonboro east to Charleston, serving small communities such as Parkers Ferry, Osborn, and Ravenel along the way. Interstate 95 and U.S. 17 do not meet again until Fredericksburg, Virginia, a distance of 475 miles! Photo taken 08/28/04.
Interstate 95 travels north five miles from Point South to junction South Carolina 68 (Yemassee Highway). South Carolina 68 travels northwest from U.S. 17 Alternate & 21 in Yemassee two miles to the Exit 38 folded-diamond interchange. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Interstate 95 northbound at the Exit 38 ramp departure for South Carolina 68 (Yemassee Highway). South Carolina 68 travels 18 miles overall between U.S. 278 at Almeda and U.S. 17 Alternate & 21 nearby. U.S. 278 meets U.S. 601 at the Hampton County seat of Hampton four miles west of South Carolina 68's west end. U.S. 17 Alternate & 21 meanwhile overlap seven miles from Pocotaligo to a point four miles northeast of Yemassee. Photo taken 06/12/05.
U.S. 21 parts ways with U.S. 17 Alternate and travels three miles northwest to meet Interstate 95 at Exit 42. The federal highway continues from there 57 miles to Orangeburg, the largest city along Interstate 26 between Columbia and the Charleston metropolitan area. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Now in Colleton County, Interstate 95 meets U.S. 17 at the Exit 42 diamond interchange. U.S. 21 travels 19 miles north to Ruffin and seven miles south to Yemassee. U.S. 17 Alternate travels 15 miles between U.S. 21 and South Carolina 63 through Hendersonville to the east. A set of rest areas lie ahead between Exits 42 and 53 on the freeway. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Drawing near the first of two interchanges for the Colleton County seat of Walterboro on Interstate 95 north. Walterboro lies at the cross roads of U.S. 17 Alternate, South Carolina 63, South Carolina 64, and U.S. 15 and its southern terminus. South Carolina 63 (Sniders Highway) links the seat with Islandton and Hampton to the west. The state highway provides a four-lane route into downtown Walterboro, joining U.S. 17 Alternate (Hendersonville Highway) in the process. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Northbound at the Exit 53 diamond interchange with South Carolina 63 (Sniders Highway) west of Walterboro. The two Walterboro interchanges provide a large array of services for through travelers. South Carolina 63 otherwise provides a direct route to U.S. 17 Alternate and downtown. U.S. 17 Alternate continues east from town to Round O, Cottageville, and the Charleston north suburb town of Summerville. Photo taken 06/12/05.
South Carolina 64 travels north from downtown Walterboro to meet Interstate 95 at the Exit 57 folded-diamond interchange. The state highway shares a brief overlap with U.S. 15, just north of its south end at junction U.S. 17 Alternate in Walterboro. Southeast from there, South Carolina 64 travels 15 miles to meet U.S. 17 at Jacksonboro. Photo taken 06/12/05.
South Carolina 64's connection with U.S. 17 provides a route to the Edisto Island community of Edisto Beach. South Carolina 174 stems south from U.S. 17 at Osborn to the coastal community. Other local attractions such as the South Carolina Artisans Center and the Tuskegee Airman Monument lie within Walterboro via South Carolina 64 and 63. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Interstate 95 passes over a railroad line ahead of the Exit 57 loop ramp onto South Carolina 64 (Bells Highway). South Carolina 64 heads west from Walterboro 12 miles to junction U.S. 21 and 22 miles to Lodge in northwest Colleton County. The state highway finds its west end at the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Site west of Barnwell and Snelling, 56 miles away. Photo taken 06/12/05.
South Carolina State Secondary 34 (Pleasant Grove Road) meets Interstate 95 at the Exit 62 diamond interchange 1.9 miles west of U.S. 15. There is not much near this rural interchange. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Exit 62 carries motorists to South Carolina State Secondary 34 (Pleasant Grove Road) from Interstate 95. Road 34 travels east from Mt. Carmel Road to U.S. 15 and Road 45. Use U.S. 15 north from Road 34 for Canadys. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Next in line for Interstate 95 northbound travelers is the South Carolina 61 diamond interchange three miles west of Canadys. South Carolina 61 straddles the Edisto River through rural reaches of northern Colleton County. Colleton State Park lies nearby. Photo taken 06/12/05.
South Carolina 61 travels 21 miles east to Givhans and 49 miles east to Charleston. Westward, the state highway splits with South Carolina 217, which heads to Smoaks, in six miles and ends 20 miles away at U.S. 78 east of Bamberg and west of Branchville. Photo taken 06/12/05.
U.S. 78 enters the scene from the Dorchester County seat of St. George and meets Interstate 95 at Exit 77. The east-west highway is part of the South Carolina Heritage Trail scenic route on its westward trek to Aiken and Augusta. Locally, the federal highway travels Memorial Boulevard two miles east to downtown St. George and junction U.S. 15 (Parler Avenue). Photo taken 06/12/05.
Interstate 95 passes over the Norfolk Southern Railroad ahead of the folded-diamond interchange with U.S. 78 (Badham Drive). U.S. 78 travels in the shadows of Interstate 26 from Ridgeville southeast into downtown Charleston. Much of the route is slow going with U.S. 78 acting as the commercial arterial through the Summerville, Ladson, and North Charleston areas. West of St. George, U.S. 78 follows a rural path to Reevesville on the 15-mile drive to Branchville and junction U.S. 21. Photo taken 06/12/05.
U.S. 178 crosses paths with Interstate 95 15 miles north of its beginning and split with U.S. 78 near Dorchester and Ridgeville. The federal highway parallels Interstate 26 west to Harleyille, Rosinville, Bowman, and Orangeburg before turning westward toward North and Greenwood. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Northbound at the Exit 82 diamond interchange with U.S. 178 (Charleston Highway) on Interstate 95. U.S. 178 meets U.S. 15 two miles east at Rosinville and South Carolina 210 nine miles west at Bowman. Harleyville is a seven mile drive to the east near Interstate 26 Exit 177 and South Carolina 453. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Interstate 26 and 95 meet just beyond the Dorchester County line at a rural full-cloverleaf interchange. The two freeways serve South Carolina's LowCountry, with Interstate 26 acting as the main route between Charleston and the capital city of Columbia. Exits 86A/B join the freeways between Bowman and Holly Hill in south Orangeburg County. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Exit 86A departs Interstate 95 northbound onto Interstate 26 eastbound for Summerville, Ladson, Hanahan, North Charleston, and Charleston. Charleston is a Colonial and Civil Historical city and the area also boasts the Port of Charleston, Charleston Air Force Base, and the beaches of Sullivans Island, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach. Interstate 26 ends at U.S. 17 just east of downtown in 53 miles. Photo taken 06/12/05.
Interstate 26 westbound travels northwest 61 miles to Columbia and 148 miles to Spartanburg. The rural freeway also serves the Orangeburg outskirts in 20 miles and connections to Charlotte, North Carolina via Interstate 77 in 53 miles. Photo taken 06/12/05.

Page Updated January 14, 2007.