Quality of Life

History

Long before the advent of air conditioning, prosperous folks along the Atlantic Seaboard and from the Northern industrial belts sought a more temperate refuge from summer’s oppressive humidity and winter’s icy winds. The moderate climate in the Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda region provided the perfect retreat. And, the more time they spent here, the longer they wanted to stay. Many chose not to return to their previous homes, and instead began to establish manufacturing operations locally, dating back to Graniteville Mills in the 1840s. The area’s natural beauty, an average high of 73°, and an average low of 50° offered an attractive four-season lifestyle.

Equestrian Legacy

Besides the beautiful homes they built, those early visitors left a thoroughbred country legacy. The equestrian community knows the Aiken area well. We’re still home to many horse farms, polo clubs, and polo fields. In fact, the equestrian sports have found a welcoming home in Aiken for more than 100 years.

More than 45 polo professionals reside in Aiken. Palace Malice, winner of the 2013 Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga, was trained at Dogwood Stable in Aiken, and its prestigious victory in the Triple Crown event adds to the amazing equestrian heritage in Aiken. The city is home to the two-story Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum. Whether it is world-class polo matches or champion thoroughbred training, steeplechase, fox hunting or just a quiet carriage ride along a lane lined with live oaks, Aiken has options for anyone with a little hay in their blood.

More to Offer

The area has so much more to offer, from outstanding K-12 school systems, the best higher education institutions, and a wealth of state parks to Hitchcock Woods, which is the largest urban forest in the nation. Other opportunities for outdoor recreation include:

  • Water sports
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Horseback riding
  • Golf

Cultural opportunities abound, along with excellent shopping and dining in downtown areas, and professional sports, including the Masters Golf Tournament, just minutes away.

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Available Sites & Buildings

If you’re thinking about bringing your business to South Carolina’s Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda region, we’re ready to accommodate you with a broad variety of existing facilities and ready-to-build sites.