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South Carolina Highway 161

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Existed:  1930 – present
Counties:  York
Constructed  1930
South end:  US 21 in Rock Hill
Length  46.2 km
North end:  NC 161 at the NC line near Kings Mountain
County  York County, South Carolina

South Carolina Highway 161 (SC 161) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It connects the cities of Rock Hill, York, and Kings Mountain, North Carolina.


Map of SC-161, South Carolina, USA

Route description

SC 161 is a multi-lane highway, traversing from US 21 and Interstate 77, through the northern part of Rock Hill and north around York, to the back entrance area of Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park and North Carolina state line.


The first SC 161 appeared in 1923 as a new primary routing from SC 16, in Eau Claire, to SC 22. It was extended northwest by 1926 to SC 7, in Leeds. In 1928, the entire route was renumbered as part of SC 215.

The current SC 161 was established in 1930 as a new primary route, it originally traversed from SC 16 (today US 321) to the North Carolina state line, continuing as NC 215 (renumbered in 1937 to NC 161). In 1959, SC 161 was extended south, through York, to its current southern terminus at US 21 in Rock Hill. In 1986 or 1987, SC 161 was placed on bypass north around York, in concurrency with SC 5.

Junction list

The entire route is in York County.

Special routes

Currently, there is one business loop along SC 161:

York business loop

SC 161 Business follows the old alignment of SC 161 through downtown York, via Liberty Street.


South Carolina Highway 161 Wikipedia

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