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4 Living On Lake Wylie 8 About The Area 16 Lake Wylie 22 Development Update 24 Clover 26 York 28 Steele Creek 30 Tega Cay 32 Fort Mill 34 Belmont 35 Rock Hill 38 Education 40 Health Care 44 Sports/Recreation 50 Caring Community 54 Food/Drink 58 Calendar/Map 62 Newcomer Information 63 Camp Thunderbird 3265 North Carolina Ave., Suite 101 North Charleston, SC 29405 843.849.3100 • Fax: 843.849.3122 Published by SC Biz News Executive Editor Jason Thomas • 864.568.7570 Editor, Custom Publishing Division Steve McDaniel • 843.849.3123 Advertising Sales Jane DuBois • 704.287.8668 Contributing Writers Susan Brom eld, Jan Todd Contributing Photographers Susan Brom eld, Kim McManus, Jan Todd The entire contents of this publication are copyrighted by SC Business Publications LLC with all rights reserved. Any reproduction or use of the content within this publication without permission is prohibited. CONTENTS 2023 About The Cover: River Hills Country Club offers scenic lake views and a challenging layout on its 18-hole golf course. Photo by Jan Todd Living on LakeWylie GUIDE NEWCOMERS LakeWylie An insider’s guide to living at the Lake + SEASONAL EVENTS, AREA MAPS, AND DINING GUIDE COVERING: LAKE WYLIE CLOVER YORK STEELE CREEK TEGA CAY FORT MILL BELMONT Living on NEWCOMERS GUIDE GUIDE NEWCOMERS
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WELCOME TO Lake Wylie, South Carolina

The Perfect Setting

On Lake Wylie

On behalf of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, it is a pleasure to welcome you to this beautiful area.

Lake Wylie is “The Perfect Setting.” It is one of the fastest-growing areas in York County and one of the most prosperous in the region. Nestled on the northwest shore of 13,433-acre Lake Wylie and a short drive from downtown Charlotte, it is ideally situated for both work and play.

The leisure and excitement of lakeside living, small-town atmosphere and convenient proximity to a metropolitan city make Lake Wylie the perfect setting for home and business. The quality of life and productive involvement of residents establish a dynamic business environment.

The Lake Wylie community offers a wide range of housing options. Elegant lakeside living, cozy wooded neighborhoods and spacious condominiums add to the feeling of a year-round resort.

Lake Wylie has the added advantage of an excellent education system. The schools

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are among the best in the state, employing highly qualified and dedicated teachers, building outstanding learning facilities and providing students with effective resources and advanced equipment.

Recreation is an integral part of the Lake Wylie lifestyle. With 325 miles of shoreline, the lake is ideal for boating, fishing, water skiing and sailing. Distinct and colorful seasonal changes combined with a mild climate enhance the area’s beauty, but also afford year-round enjoyment of golf, tennis and bicycling.

Community events include the “Lights on the Lake,” an annual holiday boat parade and “Christmas by the Lake” held each year in December, the Fourth of July spectacular fireworks display and so many other events and activities. Lake Wylie is located 12 miles from Charlotte, one of the nation’s fastest-growing commercial and financial centers. The city offers theater, operas, symphonies, museums, fine dining and a variety of shopping areas. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport is conveniently located minutes away.

For professional sports lovers, Charlotte is home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA, the Charlotte Knights, a AAA minor league baseball affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and the Charlotte Checkers, a member of the American Hockey League affiliated with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. The Charlotte Eagles (United Soccer Leagues) and Charlotte Hounds (Major League Lacrosse) also play home games in the Queen City.

Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., hosts NASCAR events throughout the year, including the sport's annual all-

star race, and the Charlotte metro area is considered the hub for stock car racing.

There are plenty of college sports yearround as well. The University of North Carolina Charlotte fields teams in a variety of NCAA Division 1 sports, as does Winthrop University, Davidson College, Johnson C. Smith University and numerous other, smaller schools.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, with its seasonal gardens and displays, is located in Belmont by Lake Wylie. Carowinds, a 400acre theme park that straddles the S.C./ N.C. state line near Fort Mill, has been in operation since 1973. The park is a pop-

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Waterskiing is one of the many recreational activities available on Lake Wylie. (Photo/Jan Todd)

ular destination for families and is always adding new features and events, and has expanded its offering to more off-season festivities for Halloween and the year-end holiday season.

In contrast to the wall-to-wall activity of Carowinds and the suburban lifestyle of many lake neighborhoods, the rural areas by the lake include farms and farm stands that offer produce and beautiful rural settings. There is an abundance of opportunities to enjoy leisure time at and near the lake no matter what appeals to you throughout the year.

Lake Wylie is truly a hidden treasure — a vibrant and thriving community where geography, people and economic vitality have created a distinctive lifestyle. Lake Wylie experienced 180% growth in population during the past decade, according to the U.S. Census. The opening of new businesses and job creation is ongoing and opportunity abounds.

The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, located at 264 Latitude Lane, has created an inviting atmosphere to welcome visitors. A full assortment of brochures and information is available there.

We hope that this “Living on Lake Wylie” newcomer magazine gives you some idea of why so many new families are making this place their home. Visit www. to learn more about all the area has to offer.

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The best things in life are not things. Darah Couch Gross Travel Advisor 980.266.3155 Scan to visit our website and enter to win a free vacation! Member of Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Call to book your DREAM VACATION today!
Regattas are held regularly on Lake Wylie. (Photo by Jan Todd) Dr. Chad Vanourny Dr. Britany Baker

ABOUT LAKE WYLIE History & Fun Facts

For millennia before there was a Lake Wylie, the 224-mile Catawba River ran through our region, undeterred by dams. Originating in the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina, the river was named for the Catawba tribe of Native Americans, whose name was translated in their language as “the people of the river.” European settlers eventually came to the region and built homes along the banks of the river, but the shoal-filled, turbulent waters were not viable for significant traffic.

In the late 1800s, a physician named Dr. Walker Gill Wylie realized the potential of

the river. Wylie, who was born in nearby Chester, was an accomplished surgeon in New York. In addition to his medical skills, Wylie had a civil engineering degree from the University of South Carolina and had an interest in the process of harnessing water to produce electricity, a revolutionary idea at the time.

Dr. Wylie yearned to spur industrial development near his hometown, and along with his brother, Dr. Robert H. Wylie, planned to build a hydro station at India Hook Shoals. Dr. Gill Wylie persuaded one of his patients, J.B. “Buck” Duke, to help finance the project. The two

brothers created the Catawba Power Co. and completed the dam in 1904, resulting in a lake they christened “Catawba Lake.”

The dam was enlarged in 1924, expanding the lake to its current size of about 13,400 acres with 325 miles of shoreline. Commonly known to locals as “the river,” Catawba Lake was renamed Lake Wylie in 1960 to honor Dr. Gill Wylie. His power plant merged with Duke Power Co. in 1927.

Lake Wylie is the oldest lake along the Catawba-Wateree River chain, now consisting of 11 lakes providing power to communities from Marion, N.C., down

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Kayaking is a popular activity on Lake Wylie. (Photo/Jan Todd)
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to Camden. S.C. Lake Norman, north of Charlotte, is the largest lake in the chain, and Lake Wylie is second largest.

Lake Wylie is located in three different counties, York in South Carolina and Gaston and Mecklenburg in North Carolina. The unique diversity in the three counties offers residents a variety of different lifestyles, from rural areas to near metro.

Until the 1970s, much of the land surrounding the lake was owned by Duke Energy Corp., and leased to individuals for recreational use. People built lowcost cabins, or “river shacks”, or perhaps installed mobile homes, on their leased lots. When Duke Energy began to release these lots for sale, some new owners replaced existing cabins with permanent homes, and new communities such as River Hills and Tega Cay began to develop. Today, only a few of the original river cabins remain, some owned by families


of the original lessors, and others used as “weekender” properties. There are many styles of neighborhoods along the shorelines of the lake today.

The lake and shorelines are regulated by Duke Energy, partnering with local government and agencies. Duke Energy issues permits for building and renovating docks, and is responsible for managing and stabilizing shorelines, managing lake levels and scheduling flow releases. Lake Wylie generally does not experience radical fluctuations in levels, and is designed as a “year-round” lake so that residents can enjoy boating, fishing and water recreation all year long.

The Buster Boyd Bridge, joining the North Carolina side of the lake to the South Carolina side, has been a landmark since the first one was built in 1923. It was named for a farmer and politician who fought for the construction of the bridge, and donated land on the N.C. side.

This 1950s 'river shack' was typical of many of the homes on Lake Wylie before the 1970s. (Photo/Provided by Jan Todd)

The original bridge was replaced in 1960 and again in 2001, when it was expanded to four lanes. A marker on the bridge is visible from the lake, identifying the position of the state line. Interestingly, North Carolina is on the southern end of the bridge, and South Carolina is on the northern end!

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A plane flying under the Buster Boyd Bridge, which opened in 1923. (Photo/Provided by Jan Todd)
We have Social, Sports, and Full Memberships Available! Please visit our website for more information! MEMBERSHIP AVAILABILITY OUR MISSION River Hills Country Club strives to give you, your family, and your guests a one of a kind experience paired with exceptional customer service and a family oriented atmosphere. We endeavor to go above and beyond your expectations in every area of our facilities including dining, golf, swim, fitness, and racquet sports. SCHEDULE A TOUR TODAY TO SCHEDULE A TOUR, PLEASE CONTACT THE MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING DIRECTOR AT MEMBERSHIP@RIVERHILLSCC.ORG OR AT (803) 621-3115.

The community of Lake Wylie is one of the fastest-growing areas in the Piedmont region of South Carolina. Population has nearly tripled in the past decade, and new neighborhoods have sprung up ranging from multifamily apartment and condominium complexes to new luxury home developments. With its close proximity to Charlotte, Gastonia, and the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), residents fi nd Lake Wylie a convenient place to live, whether they work in York County or across the state line.

The “town” of Lake Wylie is an

unincorporated portion of York County that stretches from the Buster Boyd Bridge on S.C. 49, up to neighborhoods along Pole Branch Road and S.C. 274, and down to Lake Wylie Road. It shares the Clover ZIP code of 29710, and is part of the excellent Clover School District.

Farther south on S.C. 274, the Clover School District extends to the Allison Creek peninsula on Lake Wylie. Although this area shares the 29745 ZIP code with York, its inclusion in the CSD and closeness to Lake Wylie pull residents in to the business economy and shopping and restaurant district

of Lake Wylie. This area, too, has experienced explosive growth with luxury lakeside developments and new mid-priced neighborhoods.

The fi rst neighborhood development in Lake Wylie was River Hills Plantation, begun in the early 1970s. This gated community, with a marina, country club with golf and tennis, lakeside parks and abundant recreation opportunities, set the stage for Lake Wylie as a resort locality. The natural beauty of the area and abundance of leisure activities on and surrounding

16 Living On Lake Wylie CONTINUE, page 18 > OUR COMMUNITIES LAKE WYLIE A cove at River Hills Marina on Lake Wylie. (Photo/Jan
NUMBERS YOU NEED All phone numbers are 803 area code, except where noted Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce 831-2827 264 Latitude Lane, #101, Lake Wylie, SC 29710 Utilities Inc. (water, sewer) 800-367-4314 Duke Energy ............... 800-769-3766 York Electric Co-op............................ 684-4248 York County Natural Gas Authority 323-5304 York County Economic Development....802-4300 D&D Sanitation 222-3862 Comporium.................................888-403-2667 Clover School District 810-8000

Because Lake Wylie is an emerging community with many residents from elsewhere, new arrivals will find a welcoming atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to get involved.

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Paddleboarding is a popular activity on Lake Wylie. (Photo/Jan Todd)
Fourth of July celebration Boaters and landlubbers alike flock to the shores of Lake Wylie to watch the nighttime sky light up with color as they celebrate our nation’s birthday. Christmas boat parade Boat owners from across the region adorn their crafts with lights, decorations and holiday cheer for everyone on shore to enjoy. The River Hills Country Club golf course is one of the most challenging and popular in the Lake Wylie area. (Photo by Kim McManus)

the lake provide attractive lifestyle options for families and individuals of all ages.

As people cross the bridge into Lake Wylie from North Carolina, they’ll fi nd lower gas prices and taxes than in the Tar Heel State. They’ll fi nd plenty of casual dining opportunities, many with outdoor seating. Lake Wylie off ers a small-town atmosphere, with friendly people who have moved here from all over the country and even the world. Because Lake Wylie is an emerging community with many residents from elsewhere, new arrivals will fi nd a welcoming atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to get involved in local clubs and organizations.

The Lake Wylie Athletic Association provides team sports opportunities for children, and the Clover School District Community YMCA has an outstanding aquatic center with indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasium and racquetball courts. Field Day Park at Lake Wylie, located near Paddlers Cove, is a 32-acre complex featuring many amenities, including lighted ballfi elds and multipurpose fi elds, walking trail, concession stand, restrooms, picnic areas and community center, to name a few. Several neighborhoods in the area have swimming pools and other amenities promoting active lifestyles. Lake access for residents is available in a few neighborhoods, and the public boat landings in Lake Wylie and nearby Allison Creek have areas for public fi shing.

Local farms in York County off er fresh-grown produce and meat products with easy-access farm stands

in the Lake Wylie shopping district. Or, residents can venture to the farms for pick-your-own strawberries, hard cider tastings, corn mazes and festivities. The emphasis on locally grown produce has become evident in Lake Wylie restaurants, as well.

The star of the show in Lake Wylie, though, is the lake itself. Those lucky enough to live on the waterfront have instant access to the lake for boating, fi shing, sailing, and water sports. Neighborhood and public marinas, and boat landings provide access to the

water. Many social activities revolve around lake activities, where people can escape to the serenity of the water, refl ecting on the blessings and joy of living in Lake Wylie.

The Charlotte airport, one of the busiest in the U.S., has more than 160 nonstop destinations around the world. Lake Wylie residents fi nd it easy to travel for business or pleasure with quick access to the airport. In addition, mountain destinations are just a twohour drive away, and beaches are within a three-to-four-hour drive.

Lake Wylie The Lake Wylie Athletic Association provides a variety of team sports activities for children in the area. (Photo by Jan Todd)
You are invited to join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM. Scan to visit our Facebook page! It links to our website, YouTube channel, upcoming events and concerts. 5780 Allison Creek Rd. • York, SC 29745 • • (803) 366-1302 Where all are truly welcome. j Allison Creek Preschool j Common Ground Walking Trails j Prayer Chapel & Prayer Stations j Monthly Concerts (Bluegrass & Jazz) j Ball Field & Walking Track j Frisbee Golf Course

Lake Wylie continues strong growth trend

Of course, with growth come challenges of a strained infrastructure and the need for the county to have a longrange plan and ordinances in place to guide the growth in this unincorporated part of the county.

The lake also attracts a variety of water-related businesses, such as boat sales and repair, watercraft rentals and others. Dining options are increasing to cater to the growing residential and tourist populations. In fact, a new Starbucks is now open at Lake Wylie.

Lake Wylie is home to

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The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce 264 Latitude Lane Lake Wylie, SC, 29710

resort lake lifestyle

River Hills Country Club, the fi rst gated, environmentally sensitive and planned community in the Charlotte region. A major building renovation project is underway that includes extensive renovation and redecoration to the club facility. The community also includes a fi tness center, swimming pools, tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course, one of the most beautiful and challenging in the area. River Hills Marina has updated its facility and has rental offi ces, boat docks and a picnic pavilion.

River Hills’ tag line, “Come Home to a Resort … Every Day,” clearly describes the appeal to this beautiful neighborhood on the lake. Membership to the club, the only gated golf course and marina community on Lake Wylie, is open to the public and is very aff ordable.

The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce is known for being a progressive leader in the community. It has been welcoming visitors and making an excellent fi rst impression to people coming into South Carolina for 15 years at its Visitor Center. The chamber also operates a Lake Wylie Small Business Center with beautifully furnished rental offi ces, making it easy for new businesses to relocate or for startups to launch.

Now in its 44th year, the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce continues to promote the Lake Wylie area and encourage positive, sustainable growth while helping businesses prosper in the fast-growing area. With the chamber’s hands-on approach, business prospects and visitors to the area are welcomed and given personalized attention.

2023 Newcomers Guide 21 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 40,000 Source: US Census Bureau 27,912 28,340 29,485 31,611 32,686 33,542 34,641 35,157 36,944 Population data for ZIP Code 29710 32% Percent growth from 2011 – 2019
is an economic engine for the region.

Lake Wylie Development Update

The real estate market has delivered a wild ride the past couple of years in Lake Wylie. During the pandemic, demand shot up for homes offering office space, outdoor living areas and access to recreation and nature — features readily available in the beautiful Lake Wylie area. Available listings sold quickly, and the number of homes available began to dwindle.

With strong demand and light supply, the inevitable happened. The price of housing in Lake Wylie has risen considerably since pre-pandemic times. Within the Clover School District (CSD), the average home price is $493,000, up almost $140,000 since 2019. The price per square foot is up a whopping 50% since pre-pandemic.

For lakefront properties, prices have risen even more, up 56% in comparison to before COVID-19 emerged. The average price for a waterfront home on Lake Wylie in the first three quarters of 2022 was $1.2 million.

Prior to the pandemic most homes sold on the lake were priced between $500,000 and $900,000, with an average in the mid $700’s. Now, availability of midpriced homes on the lake is very limited. Buyers with moderate budgets are finding themselves in a race whenever a new listing is introduced, and they find the homes in their price range are much smaller than they were just a few years ago.

Sellers are realizing profitable gains on their real estate transactions, both on and off the lake. Within the CSD, current prices in some of the largest selling neighborhoods are:

Community Avg. Price Price/ Sq. Ft.

River Hills $628,000 $222

Paddlers Cove $552,000 $184

Summerhouse $480,000 $207

Cypress Point $595,000 $180

Boshamer Farms $362,000 $175

Established neighborhoods with moderate priced homes (in the $300’s) — such as Autumn Cove, Bethelfields, and the Oaks at Clover — posted 40-50% increases in price since 2019.

In summer 2022, sales began to decline as mortgage rates rose and the number of available listings continued to drop. While single family home sales through third quarter were down 12% from last year in the greater Charlotte area, sales were down just 2% in the CSD.

As we navigate through the market swings, there are some key points to keep in mind. Demand is still very strong for homes in the Lake Wylie area. A large

factor in the recent softening of the market is tied to lack of inventory. The number of available homes is 30% lower in York County compared to pre-pandemic. The number of waterfront homes available is 72% lower than it was pre-pandemic. Both on and off the lake, the supply of homes for sale has not kept up with buyer demand. Until the “pent up” demand is met, prices will stay high in our market.

New listings receive quick interest from potential buyers. The average time on market for a home in our area is just three weeks, with many new listings selling within a day or two, at asking price or above.

Buyers should be prepared to move quickly when ready to purchase. Prequalification for a mortgage, and clear understanding of “must-haves” in terms of location, home features and amenities are important in the current marketplace

Both buyers and sellers can benefit from the expertise of a skilled Realtor in this fast paced market. To ensure the most favorable outcome, make sure you choose a professional with experience in the type of home, neighborhood or area you are purchasing or selling.

Drew Choate, “The Lake Wylie Man” is affiliated with Keller Williams Connected in Fort Mill. His team has led the market in Lake Wylie waterfront sales each year for more than a decade.

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2022 Newcomers Guide Working Together Supporting Each Other Staying Connected We Succeed Lake Wylie CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Working Together Supporting Each Other Staying Connected We Succeed
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Atown with the motto, “The Town with LOVE in the Middle.” must certainly off er its fair share of Southern hospitality and charm. Locally owned shops and home-style restaurants line its Main Street, and a steady population growth has mixed newcomers with residents whose families have lived in the area for generations.

The town of Clover began as a railroad stop in the late 1800s, midway between Yorkville (now York) and Gastonia, N.C. According to local folklore, water spilling over from the train station’s water tank caused a patch of clover to grow, and people began referring

to the area as “Clover Patch.” The name stuck, and the community grew to a town sustained primarily by its textile industry. Its population is now estimated at just over 6,000 people.

Parades and festivals, such as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, the Barbecue Cook-Off held each spring, the Fall Festival and Auto Show, the Clover Highland Games and ScotsIrish Festival in November, and the Christmas parade show off local pride. The small-town quality of life is highly valued and preserved.

Clover has two public parks and an active community center. The parks and recreation department off ers a variety of

sports programs for youths and adults, along with special community events such as movies in the park and holiday events.

Providing top-notch cultural entertainment to Clover and the surrounding communities, the 1,500seat Clover School District Auditorium has hosted nationally acclaimed musicians, theater, comedians and performing artists. Clover High School is home to an award-winning band program, one of the most successful in the state, and the multiyear state championship choir, The Choraliers. Their concerts are attended by the entire community and always play to a

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NUMBERS YOU NEED All phone numbers are 803 area code, except where noted Town of Clover .................................... 222-9495 116 Bethel Street, Clover, SC 29710 Clover Police Department................222-9494 Water/sewer 222-9495 Duke Energy 800-769-3766 York Electric Co-op...........684-4248 Trash and recycling ............222-7700 Comporium.................................888-403-2667 Clover School District 810-8000
Clover's small-town charm is evident in its many gardens and family farms. (Photo/Jan Todd)

full house.

The Clover School District, one of the top systems in the state, serves Clover as well as students in the unincorporated Lake Wylie, Allison Creek, Bethel, Bethany and Bowling Green communities. A bond referendum passed in 2022 will fund the building of a second high school on Daimler Road to ease overcrowding at Clover High.

Though several new housing developments have sprung up around Clover, much of the area surrounding the town is still pristine farmland, home to peach orchards, beef and dairy farms, poultry producers and small family farms. Some of these farms have developed into agritourism destinations, such as Curtin Farms, “The Cabin” at Rock Ridge Farm, and Sanders Peach Farm.

Just a few miles from the bustling activity of Charlotte and Lake Wylie, residents and visitors can experience a true taste of country living in Clover.

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ML Ford & Sons Inc. furniture store is the oldest business in Clover. (Photo/Susan Bromfield) A train mural adorns a building wall in downtown Clover. (Photo/Susan Bromfield)
The small-town quality of life is highly valued and preserved.
Curtin Farms demonstration. (Photo/Jan Todd)

York is the county seat of York County. The first European settlers arrived in the early 1750s, migrating south from Pennsylvania. Yorkville, later known as York, was named the county seat in 1785. This “White Rose City,” a moniker representing the symbol of England’s House of York, has over 180 landmarks that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Steeped in its rich history, York has sometimes been called the “Charleston of the Upcountry.”

Downtown York is known for its exceptional architecture, its quaint shops offering everything from antiques to gift shops to original art, and its nostalgic

Sylvia Theater, a 100-plus--year-old venue that offers music, movies and other performances. The York County Courthouse and other governmental offices are located downtown, surrounded by law offices. Downtown restaurants and cafes do a bustling lunchtime business, serving the government clientele, locals and tourists.

Nearby, The Garden Cafe has been a dining destination for years, and serves as a wedding and special event venue.

The city of York has a population of just over 8,600 people. Family roots run deep, and the Southern charm of this quiet town is renowned. The fourth Saturday of each August, the town is anything but quiet as

crowds in excess of 40,000 attend the annual Summerfest in downtown York. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, this end-of-summer celebration brings in vendors and festival food trucks from surrounding states, a classic car show, music and other festivities.

Visitors and locals also look forward to the annual Yorkville Historical Society’s “Christmas in Olde York,” featuring a tour of historical homes and sites. This holiday highlight is yet another one of York’s opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life and remember the ways of yesteryear.

York’s McCelvey Center is a grand

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YORK NUMBERS YOU NEED All phone numbers are 803 area code, except where noted City of York 684-2341 10 N. Roosevelt St., York, SC 29745 Water and sewer 684-2341 Duke Energy 800-769-3766 York Electric Co-op............................ 684-4248 Trash and recycling 684-7172 York County Economic Development............802-4300 Comporium.................................888-403-2667 York School District 684-9916
Sunset on Lake Wylie at York. (Photo/Jan Todd)

historical building in downtown that hosts a performing arts series each year. The Center also provides a hall for wedding receptions, community activities and various social events. There is a large field behind the center for recreation, plus a number of other city parks with basketball courts, walking trails and playgrounds.

The largest employer in York is Duke Energy’s Catawba Nuclear Station. Manufacturing and agriculture also contribute to the economy. Farms and produce markets, including Windy Hill Apple Farm, Bush-N-Vine, Black’s Peaches, and Penland Christmas Tree Farm are a few that call York their home. An annual Ag and Art Tour, blending agriculture and art, offers an opportunity to visit many local farms in York and surrounding counties and see the work of local artisans and craftspeople.

Outside the city limits of York, the York postal code of 29745 stretches east to Lake Wylie, and contains the Allison Creek and Concord Road communities, which are designated in the Clover School District. This area of the lake is growing rapidly, with several new neighborhoods.

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The Allison Creek Fishing Pier is a popular spot to wet a hook. (Photo/Jan Todd) The Garden Cafe in York is a popular dining and event venue site. (Photo/Jan Todd)
Downtown York is known for its exceptional architecture, its quaint shops ... and its nostalgic Sylvia Theatre.
Bush-N-Vine peaches. (Photo/Jan Todd)


This southwest corner of Mecklenburg County in North Carolina is one of the fastestgrowing communities in Charlotte. Twenty-five years ago, this area was primarily rural farmland. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the widening of N.C./S.C. 49, the replacement of the Buster Boyd Bridge with a new fourlane span into South Carolina, and the development of retail and commercial spaces has transformed Steele Creek.

The Steele Creek community began in the late 17th century with ScotsIrish settlers. A large portion of the township was eventually annexed by the

City of Charlotte. The rapidly growing community, south of Interstate 485 and west of I-77, has a population estimate of over 12,000 people in the Censusdefined area of about 19 square miles. The 46 square miles that encompass all of the Steele Creek area have an estimated population of over 76,000.

The Steele Creek Residents Association was formed in 1980 to help ensure quality development, monitor land use and zoning, and promote recreation and community.

Retail centers, including RiverGate and Charlotte Premium Outlets, along with new medical centers and restaurants, have

sprung up. Large housing developments such as The Palisades, Chapel Cove and Berewick are some of the hottest real estate markets in Charlotte. New apartment complexes are plentiful, and Steele Creek offers the two largest waterfront condominium neighborhoods on the lake.

Thanks to the McDowell Nature Preserve and The Sanctuary, the Steele Creek portion of Lake Wylie has large areas of preserved natural shorelines. McDowell Nature Preserve is a 1,132-acre public park with hiking trails, a Nature Center, fishing docks, picnic shelters and a campground. The 20-acre Copperhead Island is part of the preserve, offering public boat ramps

Mecklenburg County Valerie Woodard Center, 3205 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208

Steele Creek Residents Assoc. P.O. Box 39396, Charlotte, NC 28278 email: |

Duke Energy 800-769-3766 Mecklenburg School District 980-343-6270

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The Palisades is one of the largest residential developments in Steele Creek. (Photo/Jan Todd)

and guided kayaking tours. The Sanctuary is a 1,350-acre luxury nature reserve community with seven miles of mostly undisturbed shoreline.

Several clubs offer recreation and lakefront amenities in the area. The Red Fez Shrine Club, close to the Buster Boyd Bridge, hosts many special events. Near the end of Youngblood Road, the Catawba Yacht Club provides sailing and rowing programs for members and guests.

Off Shopton Road, Long Cove Resort on Lake Wylie has been recently refurbished and features tiny-house “glamping” accommodations. With a private beach, pool, picnic facilities and boat slips, the public is offered seasonal memberships or day passes. A little farther north, the Charlotte Yacht Club welcomes new members and offers boat slips, fishing docks, picnic and camping areas, and a private boat ramp.

Steele Creek has long been one of Charlotte’s hidden gems, with its proximity to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and uptown Charlotte, and its opportunities to enjoy life on Lake Wylie.

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The Catawba Yacht Club on Lake Wylie near Steele Creek provides dock space and programs for rowing and sailing. (Photo/Jan Todd) Evening entertainment on the beach at Long Cove Resort. (Photo/Jan Todd)
Thanks to the McDowell Nature Preserve and The Sanctuary, the Steele Creek portion of Lake Wylie has large areas of preserved natural shorelines.
Red Fez Shrine Club. (Photo/Jan Todd)

Tega Cay, which means “beautiful peninsula” in Polynesian, is a planned city that began in the mid-1970s. It started with 2.5 square miles, and has since grown in size to 3.2 square miles by annexing adjacent property to include some retail space and additional residential neighborhoods. Approximately 12,000 people reside in the city of Tega Cay, and it is one of the fastest-growing cities in South Carolina.

The earliest development in Tega Cay carried a strong Polynesian theme in the style of houses and even the names

of the streets. Bora Bora Drive, Molokai Drive, Tana Tea Circle, Pago Pago Drive, and Mai Kai Way are just a few of the exotic addresses that people call home. Later development transitioned to more traditional homes, including mid-priced neighborhoods as well as luxury homes.

Growth in Tega Cay has been carefully planned, with a focus on creating “villagestyle” neighborhoods and mixing in commercial development and amenities to support the residents. Tega Cay offers resort-type amenities, including a multitude of parks and playgrounds, miles

of walking trails, a 27-hole golf course and country club, beaches, swimming pools and marinas. Athletic fields provide a place for the 4,500 participants each year in sports programs for all ages, managed by Tega Cay’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Music in the park, land and boat parades, food truck rallies, holiday parties and festivals sponsored by the city build community spirit and provide residents entertainment and opportunities to get to know their neighbors.

Tega Cay has 13 miles of shoreline

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NUMBERS YOU NEED All phone numbers are 803 area code, except where noted TEGA CAY
City of Tega Cay 548-3512 7725 Tega Cay Drive, Tega Cay, SC 29708 Utilities .................................................. 548-3514 Duke Energy ......................................... 800-769-3766 York Electric Co-op............................ 684-4248 Trash and recycling 548-4108 York County Economic Development......802-4300 Fort Mill School District........................... 548-2527 Comporium..............................................888-403-2667
The Carolina Show Ski Team is based in Tega Cay. (Photo/Jan Todd)

along Lake Wylie, and water activities often take center stage. The Carolina Show Ski Team practices and performs at Tega Cay’s Windjammer Park, with shows several times a month during the summer. Independence Day is celebrated each July with parades, a Canoe Joust, ski show, a fi sh fry and fi reworks. Several waterfront parks and beaches provide public access to the lake for residents.

The Tega Cay Marina serves boaters on the southern end of Lake Wylie, with a fuel dock, lakeside convenience store, boat rentals and dock slips.

Students residing in Tega Cay attend schools in the Fort Mill School District, one of the highest ranked in the state. Less than 20 miles from uptown Charlotte, many residents commute to work in the city, while others stay closer to home and work in Fort Mill, Rock Hill or Pineville, N.C.

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Tega Cay's Windjammer Park includes a lakefront playground. (Photo/Jan Todd) A gazebo in Tega Cay offers a nice water view on Lake Wylie. (Photo/Jan Todd)
Tega Cay offers resort-type amenities, including a multitude of parks and playgrounds.
Fourth of July Celebration. (Photo/Jan Todd)

One of the fastest-growing areas of the state, Fort Mill is located along the Interstate 77 corridor in the northern tip of South Carolina. Some refer to the town as a “suburb of Charlotte,” but truth is, Fort Mill has a distinct identity of its own. The town was incorporated in 1873, and was named for two nearby points, a colonial-era British “fort” and a grist “mill” that operated on Steele Creek.

Early growth of Fort Mill can be attributed to textile manufacturing, driven by a company that became Springs Industries. While the corporate

headquarters moved outside the U.S. in 2006, the company’s contributions are still very evident in the town. The Anne Springs Close Greenway is the crown jewel of Fort Mill, a 2,100-acre recreational park with 40 miles of hiking and biking trails, lakes and ponds for kayaking or canoeing, horseback riding stables, and venues for corporate and private events.

Fort Mill’s historic downtown is a charming trip to the past, with several of the buildings dating back to the late 1800s. The Fort Mill History Museum is a wonderful place to learn about

the early years from the time of the Catawba Indians up through more recent history. The museum offers a Historical Home Tour in December, and a ghostly “Lanterns and Legends Tour” in September. In the spring, the weeklong Strawberry Festival draws 50,000 people to witness Fort Mill’s pride.

In addition to its rich history, Fort Mill has a vibrant future. The Fort Mill School District has earned the reputation as one of the top systems in the state, well above national standards. Business is thriving. Of the top 25 employers in York County, Fort Mill is home to 16 of

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NUMBERS YOU NEED All phone numbers are 803 area code, except where noted FORT MILL
Town of Fort Mill 547-2034 200 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, SC 29715 Water/sewer ........................................ 547-2034 ext. 1172 Duke Energy ......................................... 800-769-3766 York Electric Co-op............................ 684-4248 Trash and recycling 547-7158 York County Economic Development......802-4300 Fort Mill School District 548-2527 Comporium.................................888-403-2667
This pink caboose is a landmark in historic Fort Mill. (Photo/Kim McManus)

With the growing population and business expansions, Fort Mill's retail, restaurant and housing industries are thriving.

these companies, including the top two employers, LPL Financial and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; distribution centers for Ross Stores, US Foods, Inc., and Stanley Black & Decker; manufacturing facilities for Schaeffler Group USA and Shutterfly; and corporate offices and facilities for several other major companies.

With the growing population and business expansions, Fort Mill’s retail, restaurant and housing industries are thriving. For recreation enthusiasts, Fort Mill offers several golf courses, athletic clubs and close proximity to Lake Wylie for boating and water sports. A portion of Carowinds amusement park is located in Fort Mill, drawing visitors from all over the Carolinas and beyond.

Approximately 25,000 people live inside Fort Mill’s town limits, and 50,000 reside in the Fort Mill Township, which includes Tega Cay and unincorporated communities in eastern York County and northern Lancaster County, which share ZIP codes with Fort Mill.

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Downtown Fort Mill is home to a variety of shops and restaurants. (Photo/Kim McManus) Confederate Park provides green space in downtown Fort Mill. (Photo/Kim McManus) Anne Springs Close Greenway. (Photo/Kim McManus)


Asmall-town atmosphere, loaded with Southern charm, makes Belmont a wonderful place to visit or live. Historical homes, streetlamps, restaurants and quaint shops line the downtown area, and Stowe Park in the center of town hosts a multitude of festivals, music and movies in the park, and a shady place for kids to play.

Belmont is part of North Carolina’s Main Street Program, with downtown revitalization projects that have breathed new life into the economic development. Once a town sustained by the textile industry, Belmont now thrives on tourism, recreation, education and retail.


City of Belmont 825-5586

City Hall, 115 N. Main St., P.O. Box 431, Belmont, NC 28012 Water Services: 115 N. Main St. Duke Energy 800-777-9898

Many residents commute to nearby Charlotte or Gastonia for employment opportunities. Belmont is very close to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and proximity to Interstate 85 provides an easy commute to the city.

Outside of downtown, Belmont stretches out to residential areas along Lake Wylie. Gated neighborhoods such as Misty Waters, Woodland Bay and Reflection Pointe have attracted residents in recent years. McLean, a waterfront community now being developed along five miles of Lake Wylie’s shoreline, offers several neighborhoods and parks, with wooded trails surrounding the historic

Daniel Stowe homestead.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, situated on 380 acres along the banks of Lake Wylie, is the crown jewel of Belmont. Its Orchid Conservatory, Lost Hollow Children’s Garden, awe-inspiring water features, everchanging exhibits and holiday celebrations provide an unforgettable experience for locals and tourists. Continuing education classes in horticulture, photography, art and health are offered throughout the year for all age groups.

A growing network of trails, including the Carolina Thread Trail, links hikers and bikers to the botanical garden, the lake, historic homes and neighborhoods. The

Trash and recycling: Waste Pro,185 Manor Rd. SW, Concord, NC 28025 792-0800 Gaston County School District 866-6100

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where noted
Belmont is home to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The Orchid Conservatory is one of many facilities there highlighting the beauty of nature. (Photo/Jan Todd)

quiet coves and less congested channels of Lake Wylie in the Belmont area are perfect for rowing, paddling and water sports. The Belmont Rowing Center, on the northernmost part of Lake Wylie, offers summer youth camps as well as master rowing programs and regattas.

Harbortowne Marina, accessed by land through the Harbortowne neighborhood, provides boat storage, a marine store, boat service and repair, picnic areas and boat ramp. McLean is planning to add a second marina and restaurant, Seven Oaks Marina, beside the New Hope Road Bridge.

Belmont schools are highly ranked, and are part of the Gaston County School District. Belmont Abbey College, a small, liberal arts institution, was named to the list of Top 10 Best Regional Colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report. As the greater Charlotte area continues to grow, Belmont’s outlook for growth is extremely positive, as a place where people can escape some of the hustle and bustle of the big city and truly enjoy the natural resources of the area.

and wireless phone and home security services to many residents in York County and surrounding areas.

Rock HIll’s social scene has undergone a revitalization in recent years, with concerts and art expos in Old Town. Festivals such as the 10day “Come-See-Me” springtime event and four-day Christmasville during the holidays are popular among locals and tourists.


The largest city in York County, Rock Hill occupies an 11-mile stretch on Lake Wylie with shoreline from the end of Little Allison Creek, next to the sandbar, to the dam that joins the Rock Hill and Fort Mill sections of the lake. Properties on this portion of Lake Wylie include “river cabins” from days gone by, large luxury homes, and everything in between. The

Lake Club in Rock Hill, with a marina and a waterfront townhome and condo community, is located on the main channel of Lake Wylie.

Piedmont Medical Center, located in Rock Hill, provides health care to residents throughout the county and is the largest employer in Rock Hill. The second largest employer is Comporium, providing internet, TV services, landline

York County’s Ebenezer Park, located on the Rock Hill portion of Lake Wylie, offers public access to the lake with campsites, a boat ramp, swimming with seasonal lifeguards and picnic areas.

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Downtown Belmont is a blend of Southern charm and small-town appeal. (Photo/Jan Todd) The Lake Club in Rock Hill has marina space and access to Lake Wylie. (Photo/Jan Todd) Goat Island across from Ebenezer Park in Rock Hill. (Photo/Jan Todd)


Lake Wylie and the communities along its shores offer a lifestyle that is close to nature while still within easy reach of all the modern amenities of a major city. (Photos/Jan Todd)

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The Woodstock Whirlebird is just one of the many rides at nearby Carowinds. Street festivals and community celebrations are held throughout the year in the Lake Wylie area. Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont is alive with color and natural beauty. The Christmas boat parade is a popular annual event. July Fourth is always a big day for celebration on the lake.


Clover High School and the Clover School District consistently rank among the best in South Carolina. (Photo/Kim McManus)


Clover School District

604 Bethel St., Clover, SC 29710

P: 803-810-8000 | F: 803-222-8010

Superintendent: Dr. Sheila Quinn

Bethany Elementary School

337 M. Grayson Road | 803-810-8800

Bethel Elementary School

6000 Highway 55 E. | 803-631-8300

Crowders Creek Elementary School 5515 Charlotte Hwy. | 803-810-8500

Kinard Elementary School 201 Pressley St. | 803-810-8700

Larne Elementary School

3598 Filbert Hwy. | 803-810-8600

Clover School District strives for excellence with all students

Dr. Sheila Quinn, superintendent of the Clover School District, sees great things continuing to happen for the district.

The Clover district covers 400 acres, including seven elementary schools, two middle schools, an alternative school, a ninth-grade campus and Clover High School. All schools unite to accomplish the district’s mission: “Prepare each child for a successful, productive and responsible future.”

One of the fastest-growing school systems in South Carolina, Clover remains a close-knit community with a strong sense of family. Schools pride themselves on the low student/teacher ratios, high academic rigor, integrated technology, an atmosphere of collaboration and individualized instruction.

Voters narrowly approved a 2022 bond referendum that will raise $156 million to build a new high school on Daimler Road and relieve overcrowding at Clover High School. The new school is projected to be ready in 2026.

A nationally accredited district, Clover consistently scores at the top of the state

in end-of-year state achievement tests, and outscores the state average in both the SAT and ACT averages. Clover High, the district’s only current high school, prepares students for all postgraduation possibilities, whether that be a fouryear college, technical school, military service or into a specific career path. The expectation for students is to graduate college or become career-ready.

What sets the Clover School District apart from others is the commitment to pursue each student’s best potential. The Clover district is committed to early childhood education, offering more prekindergarten classrooms than any other South Carolina district.

Clubs such as Interact, Leos, Student Council, Let Them Run, Lego Robotics, National Honor Society, Girls on the Run, Battle of the Books, Safety Patrol, Moped to Memphis and Kindness Counts offer students the chance to contribute beyond the academic.

For more information on the Clover School District and individual schools, visit the Clover School district website at

Griggs Road Elementary School 100 Griggs Road | 803-631-8200

Oakridge Elementary School 5670 Oakridge Road | 803-631-8400

Clover Middle School

1233 Soaring Eagles Road | 803-8108300

Oakridge Middle School 5657 Oakridge Road | 803-631-8000

Clover High School

1625 Highway 55 E. | 803-810-8200

9th Grade Campus - Clover High School

1555 Highway 55 E. | 803-810-8200

Blue Eagle Academy (Magnet)

300 Clinton Ave. | 803-810-8420

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Fort Mill School District

2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715 P: 803 548-2527 | F: 803 547-4696 Superintendent: Chuck Epps

Pleasant Knoll Elementary School 2346 Pleasant Road, Fort Mill, SC 29708 803-835-0090

Gold Hill Elementary School 1000 Dave Gibson Blvd, Tega Cay, SC 29708 803-548-8250

Gold Hill Middle School 1025 Dave Gibson Blvd, Tega Cay, SC 29708 803-548-8300

Catawba Ridge High School

1180 Fort Mill Parkway, Fort Mill, SC 29715 803-835-5222

Fort Mill High School 215 N. U.S. 21 Bypass, Fort Mill, SC 29715 803-548-1900

Charlotte–Mecklenburg Schools

600 E. Fourth St., Charlotte, N.C. 28202 980-343-3000

Superintendent: Hugh Hattabaugh

Berewick Elementary School 5910 Dixie River Road, Charlotte, NC 28278 980-344-1010

Lake Wylie Elementary School 13620 Erwin Road, Charlotte, NC 28273 980-343-3680

Palisades Park Elementary School 15321 York Road, Charlotte, NC 28278 980-343-9895

River Gate Elementary School 15340 Smith Road, Charlotte, NC 28273 980-344-1000

Steele Creek Elementary School 4100 Gallant Lane, Charlotte, NC 28273 980-343-3810

Winget Park Elementary School 12235 Winget Road, Charlotte, NC 28278 980-343-1063

Palisades High School

15221 York Road, Charlotte, NC 28278 980-343-0878

Gaston County Schools

943 Osceola St. Gastonia, NC 28054 704-866-6100 | Superintendent: W. Jeffrey Booker

Belmont Central Elementary School 310 Eagle Road Belmont, NC 28012 704-836-9137

Catawba Heights Elementary School 101 Ivey St., Belmont, NC 28012 704-836-9119

New Hope Elementary School 137 Stowe Road, Gastonia, NC 28056 704-836-9112

North Belmont Elementary School 210 School St., Belmont, NC 28012 704-836-9135

Page Primary School

215 Ewing Drive, Belmont, NC 28012 704-836-9116

Belmont Middle School

110 Central Ave., Belmont, NC 28012 704-836-9611

Forestview High School

5545 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056 704-861-2625

South Point High School

906 South Point Road, Belmont, NC 28012 704-836-9612


Gaston Day School

2001 Gaston Day School Road, Gastonia, NC 28056 704-864-7744 |

Lake Pointe Academy

3168 Hands Mill Hwy., York, SC 29745 803-631-5253

Palisades Episcopal

13120 Grand Palisades Pkwy., Charlotte, NC 28278 704-583-1825 |

Riverwalk Academy

5750 Mt. Gallant Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-327-8400 |

Walnut Grove Christian

1036 Maxwell Mill Rd., Fort Mill, SC 29708 803-835-2000


Belmont Abbey College  100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont, NC 28012 704-461-6700

Type: Private 4 Year Enrollment: 1,523 | Tuition: $18,500

Winthrop University  701 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29733 803-323-2211

School Type: Public 4 Year Degrees Offered: Undergrad/Graduate Enrollment: 6,109 | Tuition: $15,220

Clinton College

1029 Crawford Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730 803-327-7402

School Type: Private 2 Year, Undergrad Enrollment: 200 | Tuition: $7,949

York Technical College

452 S. Anderson Road., Rock Hill, SC 29730 803-327-8000

Type: Public 2-year, Undergrad Enrollment: 4,604 | Tuition: $4,817

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Health care and wellness options plentiful at Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie’s location across three counties in two states means there is a variety of medical and wellness options within a few miles of the Buster Boyd Bridge. It can also mean some complicated choices when it comes to making sure you have adequate health care insurance coverage.

At Lake Wylie, on the South Carolina side, Caromont Family Medicine and a new Caromount urgent care center are at Village Harbor on Charlotte Highway (Highway 49). Caromont also has a new medical facility under construction on Nautical Lane.

Lake Wylie is home to chiropractors, orthodontists, eye care professionals, dentists, a pediatric dentist, acupuncturist, massage and physical therapy offices.

Across the lake on the North Carolina side of the Buster Boyd Bridge is the Steele Creek area with many more options. Atrium Health in Steele Creek, the area’s first health care pavilion, offers 24-hour emergency department; advanced diagnostic imaging (CT scan, ultrasound, X-ray); laboratory services; retail pharmacy; internal medicine specialists; pediatric specialists and women’s health specialists. It is located at 13640 Steelecroft Parkway. For general information, call 704-512-5500 or visit

Across the street, Steelecreek Parkway houses medical specialist offices. CVS locations in Steele Creek and at Lake Wylie have minute clinics.

Full-service hospitals are in several

locations near Lake Wylie. Atrium Health hospital and emergency facilities are located minutes away in Charlotte, Caromont Health Hospital is a few minutes away in Gastonia and Piedmont Medical Hospital and emergency is also minutes away in Rock Hill. Upon moving to Lake Wylie, newcomers should check with their health insurance company to determine which health care network providers are within their insurer’s network.

Lake Wylie – River Hills EMS is a local nonprofit paramedic ambulance service that has served the Lake Wylie area since 1980. Its facility is located on Heritage Drive at the entrance of River Hills and primary service area covers about 25 miles from the Buster Boyd Bridge in all directions. For emergencies call 911.

The former Carolinas Healthcare System has been acquired by Atrium Health. (Photo/Kim McManus)


Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Ctr.

1000 Blythe Blvd., Charlotte, NC 704-355-2000;

Atrium Health - Levine Children’s Hospital

1000 Blythe Blvd., Charlotte, NC 704-381-2000

Atrium Health Pineville

10628 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 704-667-1000;

Atrium Health – Steele Creek 13640 Steelecroft Pkwy., Charlotte, NC 704-512-5500;

Atrium Health Urgent Care

1656 Riverchase Blvd., Suite 1800 Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-909-1850

Carolinas HealthCare - Urgent Care

704 Gold Hill Road, Suite 1200 Fort Mill, SC 29715 803-835-0430

Carolinas Rehabilitation—Mount Holly 275 Beatty Drive, Belmont, NC 704-822-2550

Caromont Family Medicine

1200 Village Harbor Drive, Lake Wylie, SC 803-631-2858

Caromont Regional Medical Center

2525 Court Drive, Gastonia, NC 704-834-2000;

Caromont Urgent Care

1201 Village Harbor Drive, Lake Wylie, SC 803-831-6859

Doctors Care

2174 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730 803-325-8280

First Care Medical Clinic

1462 Constitution Blvd, Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-909-4040

Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital

1901 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 704-316-2000;

Novant Health Matthews Medical Center

1500 Township Pkwy., Matthews, NC 704-384-6500;

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center

200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 704-384-4000;

Novant Urgent Care Steele Creek 13129 S. Tryon St, Suite 120, Charlotte, NC 980-337-4662;

Piedmont Express Care at Sutton Rd.

515 River Crossing Drive, Suite 180 Fort Mill, SC 29715 803-578-2800

Piedmont Medical Center

222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill, SC 803-329-1234;

Piedmont Urgent Care Center at Baxter Village

502 Sixth Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill, SC 29708 803-396-8100

Piedmont West Urgent Care Center

1190 Filbert Highway, Suite 110 York, SC 29745 803-628-0004

Riverview Medical Center & Urgent Care

1393 Celanese Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-329-3103

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Your Ambulance Service

River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS is your local, nonprofit paramedic ambulance service that has served the Lake Wylie area since 1980.

Lake Wylie is centrally located within an area served by a Level 1 trauma center, primary chest pain centers, comprehensive stroke centers and pediatric specialty centers. It is also a short distance from an ER affiliated with a major hospital organization that can handle nonemergency patients as well as stabilize critical patients before transporting them to the appropriate hospital.

Our primary service area is about 25 square miles going from the Buster Boyd Bridge to Ridge Road south to the Allison Creek bridge and north to the North Carolina border. Since January 2014, we have become one of three York County-contracted 911 services, which means we are now

being called into a larger response area. Our facility on Heritage Drive by the entrance to River Hills Plantation houses our ambulances, office, training facility and bedrooms for the crew. Our paramedic ambulance is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During the day, we may be located somewhere other than our building for better response times to the community. We exist thanks to the support of our community through volunteers and donations supplemented with money supplied by insurance companies for those patients having insurance. Anyone not having insurance is transported free of charge and we do not collect the co-pay if the patient is a resident of York County.

entrance to River Hills Plantation houses be located somewhere other than those

Squad Facts

• Serving Bethel/Lake Wylie area since 1980. Current staff is about 50, most of which are volunteers.

• Only 911 service in York County to offer no-charge service and transport for amount not covered by insurance.

• Provides 24/7 paramedic care and transport to residents and visitors in the greater Lake Wylie area.

• First-class service and state-of-the-art equipment, thanks to community donations. Donations are essential and volunteers are always welcome.

To donate, mail checks to 152 Heritage Drive, Lake Wylie, SC 29710 or online at Email us at rhes@comporium. net or call 803-831-9888.

• Our volume is now ranging between 100 and 150 calls per month.

– Richard Mann, Director, River Hills/ Lake Wylie EMS


York County

Sheriff ’s Office Moss Justice Center, 1675-2A York Highway, York, SC 29745 803-628-3059

Gaston County

Sheriff ’s Office

425 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia, NC 28052 704-869-6800

Mecklenburg County

Sheriff ’s Dept.

700 E. Fourth St., Charlotte, NC 28202 704-336-8100

Belmont Police Department

201 Chronicle St., Belmont, NC 28012 704-825-3792

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

Steele Creek Division, 2227 Westinghouse Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273 704-336-7800

Clover Police Department

112 Bethel St. Clover, SC 29710 803-222-9494

Gaston County Police Department

420 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28053-1578 704-866-3300

Tega Cay Police Department

7705 Tega Cay Drive, Tega Cay, SC 29708  803-548-0340

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Clover School District YMCA Aquatic Center

Lake Wylie is home to the Clover School District Aquatic and Fitness Center, operated by the Upper Palmetto YMCA. The $17.8 million, 73,500-square-foot pool and fitness facility located near Crowders Creek Elementary School serves the CloverLake Wylie area.

The facility is home to the Clover High School swim team, the YMCA’s Kicking with Confidence program for fourthgraders and an after-school care program.

The facility has two indoor pools, a 50-meter Olympic-sized outdoor pool, and several rooms for weights and exercise space. There is a picnic shelter that can be reserved and rented for groups and parties, along with a walking

track, spin room, meeting room and a variety of classes offered. Thanks to community donations and $1 million from York County hospitality tax, funding for a $1.7 million outdoor water park was included.

The gym space allows for activities like pickle ball, a sport for active senior adults, as well as for a mix of badminton, tennis and ping pong. Plus, there will be sports leagues for basketball, softball and soccer.

This facility provides an opportunity for a variety of fitness and swimming activities and competitions. There is one entry and exit on Charlotte Highway for members, and a bus entry, with ample parking of about 250 spaces.

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HOURS Monday – Friday 5 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturday 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday 1–6 p.m. ADDRESS & PHONE 5485 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9622
The YMCA Aquatic Center in Lake Wylie features two indoor pools, an outdoor, 50-meter Olympic pool and exercise facilities. (Photo/Jan Todd)

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Lake Wylie Athletic Association

Recreational sports in Lake Wylie, offering weekly organized play and continued development for over 1,000 players each year.

Chris Touchstone, President:

Belmont Parks and Recreation Department

Belmont Parks and Rec offers youth and adult sports throughout the year.

J. Paul Ford Center: 37 E. Woodrow Ave, Belmont, NC 28012 P: 704-825-8191

Brian McGonagle, Athletic Director: 704-901-2070 Alex Godette, Recreation Specialist: 704-901-2089

Town of Clover Parks & Recreation Department

Town of Clover Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of youth and adult sports programs. 256 Community Park Drive Clover, SC 29710 P: 803-222-9493 Joe Ross, Recreation Director:

Steele Creek Athletics Assoc. SCAA is a volunteer-managed, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to youth team sports.

13530 Choate Circle, Charlotte, NC 28273 Randy Helms, President:

Tega Cay Parks and Recreation

The Parks & Rec Department is home to over 4,500 participants year-round, offering youth and adult sports. 4220 Beach Club Lane, Tega Cay, SC 29708

Field Day Park at Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie's newest backyard, Field Day Park at Lake Wylie, is now open to the public. Located in the Paddlers Cove neighborhood, the park has lighted baseball and multipurpose fi elds, a playground, walking trail, picnic shelter, dog park, basketball, tennis and pickleball courts. The complex can host a wide varierty of events. The scorer's tower, which houses restrooms and a concession stand, provides a 360-degree view of the 32-acre complex. The community center can handle events of 70 people and more.


Joey Blethen, Director:


Tennis Association

CTA is affiliated with the USTA, the governing body for tennis in the United States.


Charlotte Checkers

East Coast Hockey League, 210 E. Trade St., Suite E480, Charlotte, NC 28202

The Checkers play at Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202. 704-342-4423 |

Charlotte Knights

Minor league baseball team, Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The Knights play at BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St., Charlotte, NC 28202 704-274-8300 |

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Photo/Tad Atkinson


Carolina Panthers

NFL. Bank of America Stadium

800 S. Mint St., Suite 675 Charlotte, NC 28202

Charlotte Hornets

NBA. Time Warner Cable Arena 333 E. Trade St. Charlotte, NC 28202

Charlotte Independence United Soccer League (USL) Queen City Soccer Club LLC 1523 Elizabeth Ave. Suite 120, Charlotte, NC 28204 704- 206-1515

Charlotte Eagles

USL Premier Development League Men’s Soccer, Home games played at Charlotte Christian School. 7301 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270


Fort Mill Golf Club

101 Country Club Drive, Fort Mill, SC 803-547-2044

The Palisades Country Club 13704 Grand Palisades Pkwy., Charlotte, NC 704-504-0099

River Hills Country Club

One Country Club Drive, Lake Wylie SC, 29710 803-831-2126

Tega Cay Golf Club

1 Molokai Drive, Tega Cay, SC 803-548-3500

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You might think you need a boat or other watercraft to really get the most out of Lake Wylie. But that’s not true.

Boats, jet skis, canoes and kayaks are necessary for most on-the-water activities, but the lake offers plenty in the way of relaxation and recreation for those who stay on dry ground. Thankfully, there are lots of places to admire Lake Wylie, no boat required.

Many natural areas along the shore are prime for lake gazing or bird watching with rustic wooden benches and picnic tables beckoning visitors to sit awhile. For those looking for a bit more action, there are more than a few fishing spots along Lake Wylie banks and piers open to anyone with a fishing license.

McDowell Nature Preserve

This 1,115-acre park offers miles that hug the shore of Lake Wylie — with a number of picnic sites, fishing sites and a waterfront deck for lake gazing. Copperhead Island at McDowell Nature Preserve offers bank and pier fishing, trails and picnicking. Visitors may also reserve the picnic shelter for day use or rent the entire “island” for overnight group camping. 15222 York Road (Hwy. 49), Charlotte, NC. Visit or call 704-588-5224 for more information.

Ebenezer Park

This 26-acre park offers five picnic shelters, fishing and a public swimming beach. After Labor Day, park admission is free. For those wishing to “get away,” the park offers nearly 70 campsites along the

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lake shore. Park hours are daily from 6 a.m. until dusk. Visit www.yorkcountygov. com/ebenezer or call 803-366-6620 for more information. 4490 Boatshore Road, Rock Hill, S.C.

Allison Creek

A public pier on Allison Creek has been a favorite fishing spot for the community for many years. Cast a line or just admire the expansive lake views.

Seven Oaks Preserve Trail

One of the most popular trails among the Carolina Thread Trail, this is the longest continuous trail along Lake Wylie. Located on land protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy, the 2.8-mile trail also connects with additional trails at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, so stop by after your hike to learn more about native and exotic botany. 6900 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C.

South Point Park at River Hills

For River Hills residents and their guests, a waterfront park at South Point offers beautiful lake views. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere or take a dip in the beautiful lake.

The Lake Wylie Chamber, in partnership with York County, supports the Adopt-a-Stream and Storm Drain Marking programs as part of its Green Initiative. Businesses, neighborhoods and individuals support these programs and make the lake and community a beautiful place. Get Involved. Adopt a Stream or Cove and/ or Mark Storm Drains in your area. Organize your group or neighbors to join and help keep our waterways clean.

Adopt-a-Stream Benefits

• Keep Waterways Litter-free

• Awareness of your watershed

• Training on how to monitor the health of your stream

• Recognition of your group on an Adopt-A-Stream sign

• Certificate of appreciation

• Community pride in our streams and coves

Storm Drain Marking Information

Storm drains are the drains that you see at street corners or low points in the street or parking lot, used for transporting stormwater.

Whatever goes into a storm drain is discharged directly into our waterways.

Marking drains with a simple message about not dumping waste can help increase awareness and public involvement of this very important issue.

For more information about these and other conservation programs, contact Tom Dissington, York County Environmental Outreach, at 803-909-7136 or email or call the Lake Wylie Chamber office at 803-831-2827.

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LW Chamber partners with York County to clean our waterways


Pendleton’s Sporting Goods

5930 Charlotte Highway Clover, SC 29710 (S.C. 49 near “Five Points”) 803-631-5410

River Stop Food Mart 3900 Mt. Gallant Road Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-329-0002

WalMart - Lake Wylie 175 S.C. 274 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2115

WalMart - Newport 4875 Old York Road Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-323-2080

WalMart - Tega Cay 1151 Stonecrest Blvd. Tega Cay, SC 29708 803-578-4140

Grab N Go

LICENSE INFORMATION A fishing license is required for anyone age 16 or older when fishing in any public water, including coastal waters, in both Carolinas. Purchase N.C. licenses by calling 888-248-6834 or at S.C. licenses are available at www.dnr.


& S.C. Lake and Boating Rules

North Carolina

• Anyone driving a boat age 28 or younger is required to take a certified safe-boating course.

• No person younger than 14 can operate a personal watercraft. Ages 14-16 must have a boater education certificate or be physically accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

• Personal watercraft riders must always wear personal flotation devices. A safety kill switch lanyard must be attached to the operator, and personal watercraft are not allowed to operate between sunset and sunrise.

• Children 13 years old or younger must always wear a personal flotation device on the water.

• At least one properly functioning personal flotation device must be onboard a vessel for each person riding.

• Operation of any vessel, or use of water skis or other towed devices, is not allowed while “under the influence of an impairing substance.” A blood-alcohol level of .08 or greater is not allowed.

• Watercraft traveling within 50 yards of a

state-owned or controlled boating and fishing access area must do so at “no-wake” speed.

• Vessels should operate at “no-wake” speed when passing within 100 feet of a law enforcement vessel flashing blue lights unless the vessel is in a narrow channel, where 50 feet is required.

• Towing is prohibited between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise, or any other time unless the vessel has a rear vision mirror, there is an observer in addition to the operator or the person being towed wears a flotation device.

• Putting litter, raw sewage or other liquid or solid materials rendering the water “unsightly, noxious or otherwise unwholesome” and determinantal to public health or welfare is prohibited.

• All navigational markers and buoys should be observed. Go to for details.

South Carolina

• Vessels may not be operated more than idle speed within 50 feet of an anchored vessel, wharf, pier, dock or person in the water.

• All boast must have a Coast Guard approved wearable personal flotation device for each person on board or being towed.

• Boats 16 feet in length or longer must carry a

Type IV throwable flotation device.

• Any person younger than 12 must wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device when on board a class “A” (less than 16 feet long) boat.

• Navigation lights must be on between o icial sunset and sunrise.

• Boats less than 39.4 feet must carry an e icient sound-producing device. Vessels from 39.4 to 65.6 feet must carry a whistle and a bell.

• Each person on a personal watercraft must wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.

• Personal watercraft may not be operated between sunset and sunrise and must have a self-circling or lanyard engine cuto switch.

• Personal watercraft may not be operated in a manner to leave the water completely while jumping the wake within 200 feet of the vessel creating the wake.

• Boat operators younger than 16 must complete a boating course approved by the SCDNR to operate any watercraft with a 15hp motor or greater, unless accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

• Vessels cannot discharge in a No Discharge Zone.

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The Season of Giving is year-long in Lake Wylie

Generosity is not limited to the traditional holiday season in Lake Wylie. There is never a bad time to give your time or resources to help those in need, and while the holidays are a good time to remember that, the Lake Wylie community strives to make that a yearround philosophy.

Lake Wylie offers plenty of opportunities for giving, whether it’s donating your time to a charity or providing necessities for the elderly or poor. The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce and United Bank sponsor the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” campaign every year. Clothing, household items, canned goods and new toys can be dropped off at Lake Wylie Assisted Living any time and are distributed to the Clover Area Assistance Center. Monetary donations by check can be mailed to the CAAC at P.O. Box 521, Clover, S.C., 29710.

The Sweet Repeat Foundation operates

one of the most successful “recycling” charity projects in the area with its Sweet Repeat resale store located in Lake Wylie Plaza. Volunteers work all year long to operate the store, and money raised from donated items sold is contributed to charity. In 2019, the project raised more than $90,000 to contribute to area charities.

The River Hills-Lake Wylie Lions Club raises money for charity throughout the year with several events, including their annual golf tournament, charity Christmas Tree sale, the River Hills Telephone Directory and the annual fall charity silent auction event. They are a major contributor to the Lake Wylie-River Hills Emergency Squad, a free, volunteer service to the entire Lake Wylie area.

The Mayday Golf event and foundation raises money to help the many homeless and disadvantaged students in the area. Last October, the event raised funds to

help homeless students and fulfill other student needs in the Clover School District. Contributions are accepted all year long by sending a check to Lake Wylie/Clover Mayday Projects, P.O. Box 5123, Lake Wylie, S.C., 29710.

The Lake Wylie Children’s Charity raises funds throughout the year to help families with critically ill children who need financial and community support.

These are just a few examples of the many ways available in the Lake Wylie area to share the blessings of your life with those who have traveled a harder road in their life. Residents in Lake Wylie have much to be grateful for: a beautiful community, great schools and friendly, caring neighbors. Sharing that good fortune with those in need is a wonderful way to connect with others in your community, give back to your community and make a strong community even better.

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Outreach programs like Community Cafe help many people in the Lake area. (Photo/Kathy Widenhouse) Victory Farm offers therapeutic & adaptive horsemanship programs. (Photo/Jan Todd)

More Than A Handout

Nearly 40 years ago, in response to a local economic crisis triggered by closing textile mills, the River Hills Lions and Lioness Clubs began a food pantry that later morphed into CAAC, the Clover Area Assistance Center. This nonprofit organization now runs the largest food pantry in Western York County, plus much, much more.

CAAC runs the food pantry, offers financial assistance for people needing help with rent, utilities, and prescriptions, operates a free dental clinic for their clients, and provides education programs on “Living Basics” such as Budgeting, Nutrition, Couponing, and “Needs vs. Wants.” It is the goal of the agency not to simply apply a band-aid to a person’s need, but to make a long term difference in helping that person become self-sufficient.

For services not covered by CAAC, the agency has a number of partner organizations and helps clients navigate through to find the resources and help that they need.

For instance, CAAC provides applications for home repairs, performed through Habitat for Humanity. Eyeglasses and hearing aids are provided through CAAC from the River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Club. Those needing medical care are referred to the new mobile care clinic in York.

“We partner with churches, other nonprofit agencies, and various providers to

work together and meet the needs in our community,” said Karen van Vierssen, former executive director of CAAC. “The whole collaboration has grown over the years and has improved our ability to serve. For instance, we share databases with organizations such as PATH and Tender Hearts Ministry (Thrift Store and Food Pantry), and work with churches and other nonprofits.”

Churches, in return, support CAAC through monetary and food pantry donations. “There are specific things that we ask for on a regular basis,” said van Vierssen. “We always need donations of toiletries, like shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, soap. These are things that people cannot get with food stamps, and they can get expensive! Also, paper products, toilet paper, paper towels. And, of course, canned foods and cereal, rice, pasta, all the basics of a pantry.” Sometimes churches and donors will coordinate first with CAAC to determine items most needed at a particular time, but other times, “They just show up with a truck load of something. We never say no!” exclaimed van Vierssen. “If we get too much of an item, we’ll share with other agencies like PATH or Tender Hearts. They do the same with us. Nothing ever goes to waste.”

With the upturn in the economy, CAAC and other needs-based agencies have seen a slight decrease in requests. “More people are getting jobs, even low-paying ones, and are

At left, CAAC staff members Ann Herbert and Cynthia Krause work to help those in need feel comfortable. It is difficult for many people to ask for help, and the CAAC staff works to ensure that needs are met with compassion and understanding.

trying to make it on their own, remarked van Vierssen. She added, “If every nonprofit went out of business because there wasn’t anyone to help, that would be a good thing! But we will always be a safety net for some people.”

Van Vierssen expressed gratitude for organizations that provide donations on a regular basis. “We are fortunate to have a good relationship with Publix,” she said. “They’ve been an incredible partner and have also opened the doors to a number of distributors who give us food. Bagel Boat gives us their excess bagels. That has been wonderful. Bright Eyes & Bushy Tails donates pet food. We have a lot of great partners.”

The Clover School District provides a large amount of food for CAAC’s pantry through food drives. “The ROTC will bring in 10,000 pounds of food at a time! Individual classes or schools will collect canned goods. Knowing that that type of philanthropy is starting with kids so young is pretty amazing. Kids are learning to make their community a better place, by helping their neighbors in need.”

Something for everyone

CAAC clients, recipients of food and services, must reside within the Clover School District. They apply in person, and are guided through the process by trained volunteers. Once eligibility is confirmed, services are available immediately.

Some of CAAC’s services are limited to

Each year, Boy Scouts from Clover and Lake Wylie collect over 10,000 pounds of food for CAAC.  This accounts for the largest donation of food from one group in one day annually. Interact students from Clover High School participate in the sorting of food as it comes in.

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their clients, but others are offered to the entire community. The Living Basic Classes on topics such as Setting Goals, Credit & Fraud, and Budgeting Basics, are available to anyone.

The agency will regularly schedule representatives from agencies such as Welvista, a nonprofit organization that provides free prescriptions for the uninsured, to be available to anyone in the community.

“People can sign up for our newsletter or check our Facebook page to find out about upcoming meetings and opportunities,” said van Vierssen.

You can help

Volunteers are always needed at CAAC, both short-term and long-term. Greeters are needed to welcome clients when the pantry is open, entering data and updating information. Pantry “shoppers” fill shopping carts for clients. Other volunteers may stock shelves, weigh and record donations, sort items and arrange in the warehouse.

Volunteers are also needed to work on the Gala Committee. Held in April each year at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the gala raises money through ticket sales, sponsorships and an auction. Volunteers help with event planning and gathering donations for the auction, greeting guests at the gala and running games and activities.

“We’re always looking for people with good ideas,” said van Vierssen. “We never want to be stagnant, thinking that the same ol’ thing is good enough.”

Food donations are always welcome. Holiday meals baskets are prepared for those in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the community is invited to share anything that might go in those baskets, from turkey to stuffing to sweet potatoes. Individuals can organize their own food drives or efforts; for instance, by asking for canned good donations in lieu of gifts for celebrations, or inviting party guests to bring a pantry product to a holiday party.

“There are many ways to get involved,” stressed van Vierseen. “Any of these efforts really bring the community together.”

Check out the Clover Area Assistance Center Facebook page, or drop by CAAC in Clover for news, classes, and specific needs and ways that you can get involved.

Get Involved

Bethel Volunteer Fire Department (At Lake Wylie)

Clover Area Assistance Center P.O. Box 521 Clover, SC 29710 803-222-4837

Clover Rotary Club

Lake Wylie Athletic Association

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce 264 Latitude Lane #101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2827

Lake Wylie Rotary Club

River Hills/Lake Wylie Emergency Squad 4 Heritage Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9888 - Non-emergency Phone

River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Club

River Hills Yacht Club 54 Marina Road Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-439-5394 – Club Phone

Sweet Repeat Charitable Foundation 4082B Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0722 - Sweet Repeat store SRLW2015/?fref=ts


Lake Wylie residents and businesses are very active in their participation in area nonprofits and charities. Donating time, money and other resources to a good cause is an excellent way to help make the lives of less-fortunate people better and maintain the natural beauty of the lake.

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Dining options abound in Lake Wylie

Dining options around Lake Wylie have never been more varied. From fast food to fast casual to sit-down culinary experience, Lake Wylie and its surrounding communities continue to add new choices and changes to old favorites.

New restaurants are coming to all parts of the lake, including Clover, Steele Creek, Lake Wylie and Fort Mill.

Papa Doc’s Shore Club offers tranquil lake views from its outdoor area and much of its indoor seating. Expanded and updated indoor and outdoor areas and an exciting new menu help make it one of Lake Wylie's most popular dining destinations.

The area’s growing population has made it attractive to national and regional restaurant chains in the past five to 10 years, with an influx of major brands, including Moe’s Southwest Grill, Arby’s, Zaxby’s and others.

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The 101-item menu at Papa Doc’s includes seafood, burgers, sandwiches, soups and more. (Photo/Bottle Cap Group) The Copper Premium Pub offers a spacious outdoor dining area. (Photo/Copper Premium Pub)
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Papa Doc's Shore Club is a popluar outdoor eating spot. (Photo/Papa Doc's)



511 Nautical Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-5555

Azteca Grill

604 Nautical Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-8930

Bagel Boat – Bagels

4090 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-5995

Lake Wylie

Best China

5243 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-5540


4927 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9346

Cherry – Asian Cuisine

4034 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9594

Christopher’s Bar and Grille

1500 Village Harbor Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2461

Copper Premium Pub

4516 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-701-7021

Domino’s Pizza

125 E. Evergreen Road Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-7075

Dunkin Donuts

335 Vesla Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-675-6044

Famous Toastery of Lake Wylie

5217 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710

Fast Frog Bakery

5400 Highway 55 E. Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-209-2065

Jersey Mike’s

604 Nautical Drive, Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0912

Kochi Japanese Steakhouse

5360 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-610-0146

Lake Wylie Bowl N Bounce

4034 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2553

Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza

4074 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0855

Lee’s Hoagie House

312 Bulkhead Way Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-619-4046

Lily’s Bistro

4547 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-701-7788


5262 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0577

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Rey Azteca Mexican. (Photo/Jan Todd)

Moe’s Southwest Grill

312 Bulkhead Way, #105 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-398-1663

Panda Hut

144 Highway 274 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-631-1988

Papa Doc’s Shore Club

3990 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0043

Papa John’s

221 Latitude Lane, Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0101

Pier 88 at River Hills Marina

54 Marina Road Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0088

Pizza Hut

5241 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-1188

Rey Azteca Mexican

4052 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9277

River Hills Country Club

1 Country Club Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2126

Starbuck's 1201 Village Harbor Drive #101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710


5245 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0143

Sweetwater Grille

4582 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-1788

Taco Bell at Lake Wylie

311 Vesla Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-701-7068

Thai Fusion

125 Evergreen Road Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-746-5047

Waffle House

5013 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0315


5188 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710-8099 803-831-2687


143 Highway 274 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2634

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Clover Area Assistance Center (CAAC) is the central service agency in the Lake Wylie/Clover area, providing basic needs assistance to those who are struggling. With roots that go back in the community over 35 years, CAAC offers a Full Choice Food Pantry, home delivery for those with transportation or mobility issues, financial assistance, hearing and vision care access (River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Club), budgeting and goal setting classes, and local access to out of area service providers. With a small staff, volunteers are the heart and soul of the services available. Monday & Wednesday 9-4 | Thursday 9-3 (Services are by appointment only) Clover Area Assistance Center VOLUNTEER HERE! Whatever your interests or skills, CAAC is the place for YOU! To make a donation, volunteer, or find out about how to get help, call or visit: 803.222.4837 1130 Highway 55 East (P.O. Box 521) | Clover, SC 29710 Thank You for Keeping It Local! To make a donation, volunteer, or find out about how to get help, call or visit: 803.222.4837 | 1130 Highway 55 East (P.O. Box 521) | Clover, SC 29710




Open year-round starting in 2023 with weekend hours in January, February and early March. Check online at www. for dates and times.


Old Town Rock Hill St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Live Irish music, Irish dancers, food and beverages and more. ww.onlyinoldtown. com/stpatricks

Clover St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Family friendly entertainment, food vendors, rides, a St. Patrick’s Day dog show and a “Leprechaun Leap” 5k run/ walk.

Carowinds spring opening day

Kickstart the spring season with worldclass thrill rides, fun-filled family attractions, live entertainment, authentic Carolina cuisine and everything in between.

Children’s Day on the Farm

Historic Brattonsville’s annual family event focuses on farm life in the 18th and 19th centuries. This historic learning opportunity offers a wide variety of handson activities. brattonsville

City of Rock Hill Easter Egg hunt

The Great Easter Egg Classic is held at Cherry Park for children. events/easter-egg-classic

Carowinds Easter Eggstravaganza and Spring Break

Photos with Eggward and Snoopy, as well as special activities, crafts and entertainment.


Clover Choraliers spring concert

The award-winning Clover Choraliers will hold their annual spring concert on several dates in April. Go online to www. for box office hours and information.

Come-See-Me festival

Rock Hill’s annual salute to spring. More details online at

Earth Day Event

The Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill hosts its annual Earth Day event with canoeing, kayaking, face painting, horse rides and farm animals.

Carowinds Taste of the Carolinas

Experience the best of Carolina cuisine on Saturdays and Sundays through May. Sample authentic regional cuisine, try local craft beer and wine and enjoy home-grown entertainment.

Strawberry Saturdays at Bush-N-Vine

Pick-your-own berries, strawberry-themed treats, music and more at this York farm. Dates to be determined by weather and strawberry availability. Check the website,, or call 803-684-2732 for updates.


S.C. Strawberry Festival

The award-winning, two-day festival in Fort Mill includes arts, crafts, amusements, a car show, live music and a fireworks display. www.

Clover Choraliers Candlelight performance

The award-winning choir’s candlelight performance, featuring classic choral music.  Go online to www. for ticket details.

Glencairn BloomFest

This family event in Rock Hill features plants, garden art, pottery, baskets and other garden-themed items for sale from local vendors. www.cityofrockhill/ bloomfest


Sip & Stroll at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Wine, live music and a scenic setting at Lost Hollow’s Hillside Theatre. Free with garden admission.

River Jam

A free, outdoor weekly concert series through September at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. National musical acts and food and craft beer selections.

Rock the Park at Carowinds

Carowinds showcases a variety of musical acts. Purchase advance tickets online at

York County Ag Art Tour

A free, self-guided tour of farms and local artisans in York County that is part of the statewide Ag Art Tour. Farms, artisans and live bluegrass and folk music. Visit www. for a list of participating farms.

Tega Cay Summer Food Truck Rallies

Monthly food truck rallies held at Runde Park with music acts, kids’ activities and concessions. Email jblethen@tegacaysc. gov or call 803-548-3512.

Father’s Day weekend at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Free garden admission for all fathers with family crafts and activities, live music and more.


Lake Wylie Community Fourth of July Fireworks

Lake Wylie’s annual fireworks display can be viewed from many parts of the lake near the Buster Boyd Bridge. www.

Tega Cay Fourth of July Celebration

Tega Cay celebrates the town’s and nation’s birthday on July 4 each year with parades on land and water and other allday activities, including a large fireworks display.


York Summerfest

York Summerfest, one of the largest festivals in South Carolina, includes concerts, food, an antique car show, unique craft vendors and more. www.

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Hard Cider tastings at Windy Hill Orchard

Saturdays in the fall, features live music, an open-air farm stand, pick-your-own apples and a hayride at the York farm.

Fiddle ‘n Pig Shindig

The Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill hosts the annual barbecue and bluegrass festival featuring bluegrass acts from the Carolinas and a variety of barbecue and other food trucks. www.

Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds

Family friendly Halloween attractions for the little ghosts and goblins Saturdays and through October. Visit www.carowinds. com for ticket information.

Piedmont Pottery and Pickin’ Festival

Potters from the Carolinas will be on hand at Historic Brattonsville. Also, demonstrations in 18th-century cooking with pottery on an open hearth, music, barbecue, tours and booths. www.


Lake Wylie Children’s Charity Inc. Fall Benefit Concert

The annual fall benefit raises funds to help families of children with lifethreatening illnesses. www.facebook. com/LKWchildcharity

Curtin Farms Fest

A community gathering featuring a marketplace for handmade, handcrafted and hand-restored goods at a working farm in Clover.

Lost Hollow Music Festival

Live music and jam sessions with the Catawba River Bluegrass Association at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Food trucks, craft beer, kids’ activities and more.

Apple Harvest Festival

Annual fall festival at Windy Hill Orchard in York.

Tega Cay Fall Festival

Features arts and crafts, businesses and food/beverage vendors and more. www.


Feis Chlobhair Scottish Games in Clover

The two-day festival celebrates the town’s Scots-Irish heritage.

Visit with Santa at Stowe Dairy Farms

Santa Claus will arrive and greet children. The farm will also have choose-and-cut Christmas trees.

Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at Anne Springs Close Greenway

More than 150 artists and crafters will offer unique holiday gifts and decorations.

NarroWay Theatre holiday shows

NarroWay Productions puts on new productions every holiday season. For tickets, show details and more information, visit



in Rock Hill

Old Town Rock Hill will come alive as a charming, picturesque holiday village and outdoor art festival, including horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, an artisan craft market, a real ice skating rink and more.

Clover Woman’s Club “Christmas in Historic Clover” home tour

The annual tour visits historic homes decorated for the holidays. www.

Town of Clover Christmas celebrations

Tree lighting ceremony and annual Clover Highland Christmas parade. www.

Christmas Candlelight Tours at Historic Brattonsville

Experience a Southern-style Christmas in the Carolina Backcountry. Activities for all ages, campfire, music and food available.

Christmas in Olde York Towne Home Tour

Annual holiday tour of historic homes and other buildings benefits the Yorkville Historical Society.

Clover Choraliers winter concert

Annual winter concert is held on several dates in December.

Downtown Christmas Village in Belmont

This family friendly event features carriage rides, trolley rides, carolers, Santa and more.

Lake Wylie’s Lights on the Lake Boat Parade and Christmas on the Lake

A family friendly event with warming huts, a live Nativity, music and a luminary release.

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Map data:

Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie is a census-designated place (CDP) in York County. The population was 13,655 in the 2020 census.

Lake Wylie is located on a peninsula along the northwest shore of Lake Wylie, a manmade reservoir on the Catawba River that was named for Dr. W. Gill Wylie in 1960. The community is

an affluent suburb of Charlotte, N.C., which is about a 20-minute drive to the northeast. Lake Wylie has a total area of 4.7 square miles, of which 3.5 square miles are land and 1.3 square miles (26.58%) are water. The average elevation is 512 feet.

2023 Newcomers Guide 65 MAP 55 49 49 49 49 49 98 460 160 1116 Hwy 557 279 274 274 274 274 152 152 152 Oakridge Rd
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City of Rock Hill 803-329-5500

Duke Energy 803-547-2007 or 803-684-9939

York Electric Cooperative 803-548-4244 (Fort Mill) 803-684-4248 (York)

Natural Gas York County Natural Gas Authority 803-329-5255


Big C Disposal & Recycling Service, LLC 803-610-2212

D&D Sanitation 803-222-3862

Liberty Waste Services 803-372-6666


AT&T (Clover) 803-780-2355

Comporium Communications 803-324-9011 803-548-9011 803-684-1012


Comporium Communications 803-324-9011

Spectrum (Clover) 704-228-7248


305 Hands Mill Highway, Rock Hill 803-329-6332 3071 U.S. 21, Fort Mill 803-547-8350

Lake Wylie


803-684-1242 RegistrationandElections


City of Rock Hill

155 Johnston St., Rock Hill 803-325-2500

City of Tega Cay

7725 Tega Cay Drive, Tega Cay 803-548-3512

City of York City Hall Building 10 N. Roosevelt St., York 803-684-2341

Town of Clover 116 Bethel St., Clover 803-222-9495

Town of Fort Mill PO Box 159 (29716) 200 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill 803-547-2116

City of Belmont

115 N. Main St., Belmont, NC 704-825-5586

York County Government

6 South Congress St., York 803-628-3954

York County Libraries

York County Library - Main Branch

138 East Black St., Rock Hill 803-981-5860

Clover Public Library

107 Knox St., Clover 803-222-3474

Fort Mill Public Library

1818 2nd Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill 803-547-4114

Lake Wylie Public Library

185 Blucher Circle, Lake Wylie 803-831-7774

Steele Creek Public Library

13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte 704-416-6800

York Public Library

21 East Liberty St., York 803-684-3751


Water-sewer - Utilities Inc.: 800-367-4314

Natural Gas - York County Natural Gas Authority: 803-323-5304

Sanitation - D&D Sanitation: 803-222-3862

Lake Wylie (York County) Collection and Recycling Center: 803-628-3181

Hours: 7AM – 7PM M-F, except Wed.; 102 Bethel School Road, off Hwy. 557 W.

Electricity - Duke Energy: 800-769-3766 or 800-Poweron

York Electric Co-op: 803-684-4248

Comporium Communications: 803-684-1012

AT&T: 800-288-2020


Water Services - 115 N. Main St. Belmont, NC 28012, PO Box 431

Water Billing Questions: 704-825-5586

Finance: 704-825-5586

Fire: 704-825-0502

Parks & Recreation: 704-825-8191

Planning & Zoning: 704-901-2610 Police: 704-825-3792

Public Works: 1401 E Catawba St., Belmont, NC 28012; P: 704-825-0507, F: 704-825-6502


Water / Sewer Bill: 803-547-2034 Business License: 803-547-2034

Codes and Inspections: 803-547-2034

Planning and Zoning: 803-547-2116 Engineering: 803-396-9728

Facility Rental: 803-547-2116


Water Services: 704-825-5586

Water Billing Questions: 704-825-5586

Finance: 704-825-5586 Fire: 704-825-0502

Parks & Recreation: 704-825-8191

Planning & Zoning: 704-901-2610 Police: 704-825-3792


Steele Creek Residents Association PO Box 39396 Charlotte, NC 28278

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Lake Wylie is home to YMCA Camp Thunderbird, which has hosted children and families for more than 80 years. The camp spreads out over more than 100 acres along 1.7 miles of Lake Wylie shoreline, and provides outdoor activities and educational programs for just about any interest and young age group. From waterskiing to wall-climbing, craftmaking to canoeing and much more, Camp Thunderbird offers memories and friendships that last a lifetime.

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Living on the lake

While there might not be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, it makes for a beautiful scene over Lake Wylie. Rain or shine, the lake abounds with natural splendor and provides residents with year-round boating, fishing and recreational opportunities. The Lake Wylie region has experienced significant growth over the past decade-plus as more and more people discover what a special place this is to live and work.

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