Explore Central, South Carolina

Central, in the Middle of Everything

The Town of Central, located in Pickens County, South Carolina, is a small but charming district that offers a variety of local shops, restaurants, and events. The area is known for its friendly community atmosphere and beautiful natural surroundings. The town is centrally located, halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte, with nearby proximity to the upstate's most vibrant areas including Downtown Greenville, Clemson University, Lake Keowee, Lake Hartwell, Lake Jocassee, and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Visitors to Downtown Central can enjoy a variety of local shops and boutiques, offering everything from antiques and collectibles to handmade crafts and unique gifts. There are also several local restaurants and cafes, serving a range of cuisine from classic Southern dishes to international fare. The downtown district is home to several local events and festivals throughout the year, including the Central Railroad Festival, which celebrates the town's railroad heritage with live music, food vendors, and arts and crafts booths.

Southern Charm

Downtown Central is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, with several local parks and nature preserves offering opportunities for hiking, camping, and outdoor recreation. The area is also home to several local landmarks and historic sites, such as the Central Heritage Society Museum and the Central Depot, which was once a hub for the town's railroad industry.

Overall, Downtown Central is a charming and welcoming community that offers a unique glimpse into the rich history and natural beauty of Pickens County. Whether you are looking for a place to shop, eat, or relax and explore, Downtown Central has something to offer for everyone.

Central is a Member of Main Street South Carolina

Main Street South Carolina is a technical assistance program that empowers communities as they revitalize their historic downtowns, encouraging economic development and historic preservation. Since 1983, Main Street South Carolina has helped communities build up the business and image of their downtown commercial districts

Main Street South Carolina is Main Street America™Coordinating Program, consisting of more than 40 Coordinating Programs and 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country. In South Carolina, cities like Beaufort, Dillon and Laurens are thriving again with the help of Main Street South Carolina.

Main Street is important to our local community because:

  • It creates jobs – A revitalized downtown attracts new industry and strengthens service and retail job markets.
  • It saves tax dollars – Revitalization stabilizes and improves a downtown's tax base while also protecting existing investments.
  • It preserves a community's historic resources – In an economically healthy downtown, property owners maintain their historic buildings and preserve an essential part of their community's heritage and identity.
  • It builds community pride – Main Street provides a public space for community members to come together, create new partnerships and celebrate their downtown.
Get in touch!

Our door is always open! Feel free to contact us by email or phone.

Katherine Brooks, Main Street Director

[email protected]

Town of Central

PO Box 549 / 1067 West Main Street

Central, SC  29630