Fort Mill, South Carolina
Fort Mill was founded on hospitality. When settlers first ventured into this Catawba Indian territory, the local tribe welcomed them, furnishing a large tract of land for their homestead. Though the town wasn’t officially named after its colonial-era fort until about 100 years later, Fort Mill’s friendly charm has remained a steadfast part of the South Carolina border town since its conception.
Neighbor to Charlotte, Fort Mill residents enjoy the best of both states, gleaning a little bit of urban living on a smaller scale. That’s not all that they share, though. Sitting on a 398 acre plot split between Charlotte and Fort Mill, Carowinds, owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, is an amusement park that has graced Fort Mill’s skyline since its 282-foot Carolina Skytower first opened in 1973. Today, the park boasts owning the southeast’s longest, tallest, and fastest roller coaster as well as other thrilling attractions.
Still, many Fort Mill residents enjoy quiet escapades. The Anne Springs Close Greenway, a stunning nature oasis complete with picnic areas and bike trails, for instance, is an adventure waiting to happen. Nature-loving hikers and horseback riders rendezvous at this lakefront gem to explore its numerous trails, both guided and independent.
For the less adventurous, the Charlotte Knights minor league baseball team is a short drive away. The Knights were originally housed at the Knights Stadium in Fort Mill until 2013 and recently moved to Uptown Charlotte at BB&T Ballpark. The move has help game attendance spike.
It’s clear why Fort Mill, cradled between North and South Carolina, is a trendy gateway for southern cities. Filled with family-friendly entertainment, this warm township keeps residents at play.