Union County's lifestyle offers a variety of opportunities for leisure activities and relaxation. Golf, tennis, youth sports, championship high school athletic programs, a national championship ROTC rifle team, and a host of outdoor recreational opportunities highlight Union County's quality of life. When added to very affordable housing with a number of architectural choices and a low cost of living, there is no doubt that Union County is a great place to raise your family. For the outdoor enthusiast, Union County offers considerable resources for hunting, fishing, boating, fishing, camping, or simply relaxing in the great outdoors. Nearly 55,000 acres of the County have been reserved as part of the Sumter National Forest which is nationally known for its abundance of deer and wild turkey. Thousands of hunters converge on Union County each year during turkey and deer season to take part in some of the best hunting in the country.
The scenic Broad River flows through Union County and the Upstate of South Carolina, not only providing electricity, but serving as a recreation source for those who enjoy canoe trips, sliding past pine forests and getting an opportunity to enjoy nature up close.
A 24-mile stretch along the Tyger River in Union County is designated as the Tyger River Float Trip and a 30-mile stretch along the Enoree River provides another enjoyable boating excursion for those who love the water and nature. The Palmetto Trail, a hiking and camping path which stretches from the mountains to the Atlantic coast will cross a 25-mile length of Union County when completed.
Fishermen enjoy the county's five lakes where they fish for bream, bass, and catfish. In addition to the Broad, Tyger, Pacolet, and Enoree Rivers, Union County residents are within a short drive to several lakes with excellent fishing, camping, and water sport opportunities.
Union County has always played an integral role in the history of South Carolina. From Revolutionary War battles, to antebellum plantations, and a legacy of Civil War history, Union County residents are proud of their past. Rose Hill Plantation State Park offers a nostalgic look at the antebellum South. Located just minutes from downtown Union, Rose Hill State Park provides visitors with an array of activities on the grounds of the home of the former secession Governor of South Carolina, Henry Gist. Built between 1828-1832, Rose Hill Plantation has been beautifully restored and visitors can enjoy tours of the home and gardens. The park also offers picnic areas, walking and bike trails, and nature trails.
Union County provides several facilities to participate in such popular activities as tennis, swimming, golf, bowling, archery, skating, and golf. The local YMCA and the Union County Recreation Department offer dozens of programs for young and old alike. In addition, area health and fitness clubs offer weight training, and aerobic classes, as well as other programs to promote physical well-being
All of us enjoy the outdoors, and the small town way of life. It's relaxing, allows us to slow down a bit and enjoy life. But residents of Union County not only enjoy the benefits of life in a small Southern town, they have access only minutes away to three major metropolitan areas where they can experience a myriad of arts and entertainment choices.