Chartered in 1887 and occupying approximately 2.4 square miles of land, the Town of Clover is located in northwestern York County, South Carolina. Clover is a quiet and peaceful community rich in history and antiques shopping.
The town officially began around the site of a 5,000-gallon water tank constructed to serve the steam engines of the Chester and Lenoir Railroad Narrow Gauge Railroad. According to a legend, excess water spilling on the ground caused patches of clover to spring up. Residents affectionately referred to the town as Clover Patch. Shortly after, the town became a booming textile community. The town has since grown steadily, reaching a population of 4,014 in 2000.
Clover was first settled by the descendants of the Scotch-Irish. In celebration of its heritage, Clover residents host the annual Feis Chlobhair, or a Clover Kinntra Festival, the second week of June. Bagpipes are played, haggis is eaten, cabers are tossed, and everyone has a good time. Clover's sister city in Northern Ireland is Larne in County Antrim.
The small town atmosphere combined with easy access to big city dining, shopping and entertainment make Clover an exceptional place to live. The proximity of Clover to the rapidly growing Charlotte and Gastonia, N.C., and Rock Hill, S.C., urban areas provides a job market and creates external pressures for growth which are beginning to be felt.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our town government Web site. We feel confident that many of your questions can be answered in this site and that in the pages that follow is a wealth of information for both town residents and visitors alike.
- Kings Mountain National Military Park
Located near Blacksburg, S.C., Kings Mountain National Military Park was built in commemoration of the Oct. 7, 1780, battle halting the British advance into North Carolina during the Revolutionary War. The park offers a half-mile trail around the battlefield site in addition to camping, hiking and horseback riding trails. The Living History Farm recreates an upcountry farmstead of the 1850's. Admission to the park is $2 per person for individuals ages 16-64. The park is approximately 14 miles from Clover. For more information, please click on the link above or call (803) 222.3209.
- Lake Wylie
With over 325 miles of shoreline reaching both North and South Carolina, Lake Wylie is the perfect place for a peaceful retreat from the hectic pace of everyday life. Visitors can enjoy boating, camping, water skiing, fishing, swimming and hiking at the various parks located along the shores of Lake Wylie. All parks have free admission, and many are open year round. Lake Wylie is approximately nine miles from Clover. Visit wwww.lakewyliesc.com or call (803) 831.2827 for more information.
- Paramount's Carowinds
Paramount's Carowinds is one of the most popular family entertainment attractions in the Carolinas. The 105-acre theme and water park straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina state line and is located just 30 minutes from Clover. With more than 100 state-of-the-art rides, shows and movie-themed experiences, Paramount's Carowinds is fun for all ages. Open March 23 through Oct. 6 (with exceptions). Please visit the park Web site at www.carowinds.com or call (803) 548.5300 or 1.800.888.4386 for more information including operating schedule and admission prices. The park is approximately 19 miles from Clover.
- Ann Springs Close Greenway
The Greenway is a 2,000+ acre undeveloped area north of Fort Mill just off Business U.S. 21. Twenty-six miles of hiking, horseback riding and bicycle trails weave through the diverse area, providing scenes of natural beauty and wildlife habitat. Eight primitive campsites are available by reservation, and a nature center is open to all visitors. Minimum daily admission is $2 per person. For more information, please call (803) 548.7252. The facility is approximately 24 miles from Clover.
- Museum of York County
The Museum of York County is a cultural learning experience that includes a fabulous collection of more than 200 fully mounted African animals, displays of tribal dress and artifacts, changing art and natural history galleries, a planetarium, and a nature trail. There is also a gallery dedicated to Vernon Grant, creator of Snap! Crackle! Pop! The museum features changing exhibits in science, history, natural history and the arts. Planetarium programs are offered at scheduled times on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, please call (803) 329.2121 or visit the Web site at www.yorkcounty.org. The museum is approximately 16 miles from Clover.
- Knights Stadium-Home of the Charlotte Knights
The Charlotte Knights are the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The facility is a 10,002 seat stadium in Fort Mill, just 10 miles south of Center City Charlotte. The Knights are proud to be a part of Charlotte's long history of professional baseball. For more information including a complete game schedule and ticket information, please visit the Knight's Web site at www.charlotteknights.com or call (803) 548.8050. The stadium is approximately 20 miles from Clover.