A day in Chapin


Lake Murray | Photo via @meg.n.k

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As the weather gets warmer we start to day dream about trips to the lake. Right up the highway about 20 miles is the town of Chapin, better known as the “Capital of Lake Murray.”

If you haven’t taken a little local road trip to Chapinyou’re missing out. From the endless views of the lake, to community coffee shops, and tons of space to get outdoors, there is plenty to explore up I-26.

First things first here are a few fast facts about Chapin:

  • This area is characterized by its proximity to the lake, small town charm, and outdoor recreation
  • ~77% of the homes are owned, ~14% are rented + ~8% are vacant, as of July 2020
  • It’s about two sq. miles in northern Lexington County
  • There are 1,906+ residents, as of July 2020
  • There are four schools in the area

Are you ready to take a virtual trip with us through this lakeside city?

Here is your guide to Chapin.

Outdoors — Trails and Lake Murray

The Palmetto Trail features over 500 miles of trails and one of the trailheads can be accessed close to Chapin.

Crooked Creek Park is a 53,000 square-foot community center that features a full gymnasium, racquetball courts, fitness areas, indoor walking track, and meeting rooms. The community space also provides tennis courts, picnic facilities, walking trails, playgrounds, and a 27-hole disc golf course.

The splash pad opens for the season on April 24 + there are seasonal membership options available.


Barts Crazy Good Coffee Roasting Company, 230 Chapin, Ave.

The Coffee Shelf, 130 Amicks Ferry Rd., Suite A-2

The Daily Grind Cafe, 908 Chapin Rd.

Lazy Creek Taphouse, 306 St. Peters Church Rd.


Catch 22, 223 Columbia Ave.

Catfish Johnny’s, 1925 Johnson Marina Rd.

Doza Risen Cafe, 140 Amick’s Ferry Rd., Unit C

ChickenButt Donuts, 2130 B Dutch Fork Rd.

Farm Boys BBQ, 525 Columbia Ave.

Higher Ground Char House, 211 Chapin Rd.

La Fogata, 105 Amick’s Ferry Rd.

Rusty Anchor, 1925 Johnson Marina Rd.

Tipsy Toad Tavern, 103 C Beaufort St.

The Pompeii Oven, 912 Chapin Rd.

Zorba’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, 1260 Chapin Rd.


Farmhouse 221, 102 Beaufort St.

Market Place of Chapin, 1632 Chapin Rd.

Modern Companion, 508 B Lexington Ave.

Nifty Gifty, 103 Beaufort St.


Chapin Theatre Company, 721 Chapin Rd.

Chapin Yoga Center, 104 E. Boundary St.

Crooked Creek Art League, 1098 Old Lexington Hwy.

Potters of Chapin, 108 Deer Tract Dr.

ArtCan Studio Gallery, 108 Beaufort St.

Coming Soon

Chapin Commons, 301 Columbia Ave.

Bakon Eatery

Chapin Sports Bar

Chophouse of Chapin

Deca Dessert Bar

Modern Fresco

Orange Blossom Bakery

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