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Plan a vacation close to home at our How-To Festival!

South Carolina is a fantastic place to live if you enjoy the great outdoors. From the mountains to the sea, we've got something for every camper, hiker, or paddler! Our state park system is full of places to enjoy nature and history, and most are extremely inexpensive. Come to our How-To festival November 9 where we'll have two speakers from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to talk about hiking, day trips, and getting the most out of our parks! We'll have classes and workshops on a wide variety of topics and activities for all ages, so bring the whole family!


Hiking South Carolina by John F. Clark
Amazon Says: Includes 60 hikes from the mountains to the ocean. more...
Amazon Says: Includes 60 hikes from the mountains to the ocean. less...
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Amazon Says: The mountains of western North and upstate South Carolina are a hiker's paradise. Rich with human history, they are also home to some of the greatest biological diversity in t more...
Amazon Says: The mountains of western North and upstate South Carolina are a hiker's paradise. Rich with human history, they are also home to some of the greatest biological diversity in the world. Hikers here are treated to thousands of miles of trails offering fantastic views, stunning wildflower and fall foliage displays, and gigantic trees in old growth forests. This guide lists 57 day hikes ranging in length from 2 to 13 miles, with destinations like the waterfalls of Dupont State Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway's beautiful Craggy Gardens; the ruins of George Vanderbilt's palatial Buck Spring hunting lodge on Mt. Pisgah; and the summit of Cold Mountain. Each entry includes everything you need to know to get out and hike: maps and detailed directions, mileage, elevation gain, trail highlights, fees and hiking regulations, a list of films and novels set in each location, and more. less...
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Amazon Says: Each year, South Carolina's forty-seven state parks draw nearly eight million visitors who come to enjoy the unadulterated beauty of the land and its wildlife. Beautiful Place more...
Amazon Says: Each year, South Carolina's forty-seven state parks draw nearly eight million visitors who come to enjoy the unadulterated beauty of the land and its wildlife. Beautiful Places, released by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, is a vibrant photographic history of these sanctuaries. The product of decades of arduous work on the part of legislators, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and committed citizens, the parks preserve the diverse natural features of South Carolina--from its mountains to its forest canopies to its gentle, sprawling beaches. The striking eye of photographer jon o. holloway lends each image a unique, distinctly American beauty. The book also includes information on the deep history of the parks and the stories of the people who made them what they are today. Beautiful Places is a tribute to those legacies and a joyful celebration of history and nature. Author: Chad Prosser Photography: jon o. holloway Parks history by Cal Harrison less...
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