About Aiken


Fox hunting in Hitchcock Woods

Fountain in Downtown AikenThe University of South Carolina Aiken (USC Aiken) is located in beautiful Aiken, SC.  Aiken is well-known throughout the country as an equestrian community, with numerous equestrian events such as Aiken’s Triple Crown.

Aiken is also a wonderful place to enjoy the great outdoors. Hitchcock Woods, one of the largest urban forests in the nation, is located here.  Equestrians, hikers, dog walkers, and runners enjoy 65 miles of sandy trails. Hopelands Gardens, a 14 acre estate, offers ancient oaks, cedars and magnolia trees for visitors to enjoy as they stroll the paths throughout the gardens.  Aiken State Park is located by the South Edisto River and offers canoeing, picnicking, fishing and camping.

Downtown Aiken is a welcoming area with local shops and restaurants. Many events are held downtown throughout the year, such as the Aiken’s Makin’ craft fair, plays at the Aiken Community Playhouse, and the always exciting Lobster Races.

These are just a few things that make Aiken a wonderful place to not only visit but live.  Check out the links listed on this page to learn more about Aiken and everything the community has to offer.