|Maintained by SCDOT|
|Length||43.68 mi (70.30 km)|
|West end||at North Carolina state line near Hamlet, NC|
|East end||near Latta|
|Counties||Marion, Dillon, Marlboro|
South Carolina Highway 38 (SC 38) is a state highway that extends from Marlboro County near Hamlet, North Carolina to U.S. Route 501 (US 501) in Marion County. The route runs generally north-to-south (but is signed as west-east) across the eastern portion of the state, and is one of the most popular routes to Myrtle Beach.
SC 38 begins at the North Carolina state line where the highway continues north towards Hamlet on North Carolina Highway 38. The road, signed westbound, heads south through rural unincorporated areas of Marlboro County. After entering the city of Bennettsville, it reaches a roundabout where SC 38 Business (SC 38 Bus.) heads directly through the downtown area of the city, SC 38 continues southwest on Oakwood Street. At Cheraw Highway, SC 9 joins SC 38 on a concurrency and SC 9 Bus. heads south. After traveling so far as a two-lane highway, the road expands to four lanes. Shortly after an intersection with SC 385, the road reaches US 15/US 401 and the two state highways form another concurrency with the U.S. routes through a commercial district. At Broad Street, SC 9 Bus. and SC 38 Bus. end and SC 38 turns to the south (SC 9 continues along US 15/US 401).
Th highway again travels south through wooded area and farmlands but as a five-lane road (two travel lanes in each direction and a center turn lane). In the town of Blenheim, the highway intersects SC 381 at its southern terminus. South of the town, SC 38 becomes a divided highway. In the unincorporated community of Brownsville, SC 38 intersects SC 34. After crossing into Dillon County, the highway heads along the side of a residential neighborhood and reaches Interstate 95 (I-95) at its exit 181. Shortly afterwards, SC 38 reaches SC 917. Between the towns of Latta and Sellers, SC 38 passes over a railroad and has an interchange with US 301. Continuing southeast, SC 38 crosses into Marion County and ends at a trumpet interchange with US 501.
SC 38 was one of the first highways in the South Carolina state system, originally running from Myrtle Beach through Socastee and Conway to Marion and Latta. The section east of Conway became US 117 in 1932 and later SC 544, SC 707, and S-28-15. The section north of Conway became US 501 and SC 319 in 1935.
East of Bennettsville, SC 38 originally went through McColl, South Carolina and entered North Carolina near Laurinburg. In the mid-1920s SC 30 (now US 401) replaced the section east of Bennettsville. Then SC 38 was extended to Gibson, North Carolina around 1930. In 1938, SC 96 became SC 38 north of Bennettsville, and the road followed its current route for the first time in that area. The former SC 38 became SC 79 and later SC 385.
In 1953, the section of SC 38 east of the current I-95 became SC 917, and the former SC 380 became SC 38, giving the road its approximate current route on the south end. 
In 1983, a bypass was built around Bennettsville, with the previous SC 38 designated as SC 38 Business.
During a 15-year period starting in the early 90s, SC 38 was widened to four lanes, with medians in some areas and a center turn lane in others, in stages from Bennettsville to US 501.
In 2005, highway officials from North and South Carolina met and passed a resolution designating that Interstate 73 would be built along the route of SC 38. However, a 2008 project map shows the likely I-73 route running east of 38. In June 2012, though, Miley and Associates of Columbia, South Carolina recommended improvements to SC 38 and US 501 to create the Grand Strand Expressway (GSX), a position long held by the Coastal Conservation League, which asked for the study. SC Representative Alan Clemmons, head of the National I-73 Corridor Association, said such a plan had been considered but was not likely.
|Marlboro||||0.00||0.00||north - Hamlet||Western terminus; continuation into North Carolina|
|||6.55||10.54||- Gibson, Cheraw|
east (Hamlet Highway) - Bennettsville
|Western terminus of SC 38 Bus.; roundabout|
north / south (Cheraw Highway) - Cheraw, Bennettsville
|Western end of SC 9 concurrency; northern terminus of SC 9 Bus.|
|13.93||22.42||(West Main Street) - Hartsville|
|14.39||23.16||south / south - Darlington, Hartsville||Western end of US 15 / US 401 concurrency|
north / north / south / north / west (Broad Street) - North Myrtle Beach, Dillon, Laurinburg
|Eastern end of US 15 / US 401 / SC 9 concurrencies; southern terminus of SC 9 Bus.; eastern terminus of SC 38 Bus.|
|Blenheim||22.32||35.92||north / West High Street - Clio||Southern terminus of SC 381|
|Brownsville||31.47||50.65||- Darlington, Bingham|
|- Florence, Dillon||I-95 exit 181|
|||37.62||60.54||south - Latta, Mullins||Northern terminus of SC 917|
|- Latta, Florence, Dillon||Interchange|
|- Marion, Myrtle Beach, Latta, Dillon||Eastern terminus; interchange|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
SC 38 Business is a 2.9-mile-long (4.7 km) business route of SC 38 in Bennettsville. It begins at a roundabout in the northern portion of the city and heads south along Hamlet Highway through a residential neighborhood. At a skewed intersection with Cheraw Street (SC 9 Bus.), SC 38 Bus. forms a concurrency with the other business route and head into the center of the city. At Main Street (SC 385), the two business routes head northeast along Main Street for one block through the city business and government center. In front of the Marlboro County Courthouse, SC 9 Bus./SC 38 Bus. head southeast along Broad Street past additional businesses before ending at an intersection with US 15/US 401/SC 9/SC 38.