The Piedmont area is the largest geographical area in the state of South Carolina.  It makes up approximately 1/3 of the state.  Piedmont simply means foot of the mountain and that is exactly what the Piedmont is.  It is characterized by rolling hills, hardwood forests, meadows, creeks, rivers and lakes.  

 

The upstate portion of South Carolina encompasses the 10 most North Western Counties of the state.  Laurens County (where Hickory Tavern is located) is one of the most south east counties of the upstate.   Upstate is a relatively new term.  The traditional or historic term for the are is Upcountry.   This area of the state is the fastest growing are of the state. 

 

Hickory Tavern is a rural area located in the Western part of Laurens County.  It is an unincorporated community.