We visited all the state parks along South Carolina's coasts and in the mountains. Now, we're going to visit the 23 state parks in the Midlands so that I can become the Ultimate Outsider.
Last time you saw me, I was enjoying all the state parks in the mountains. South Carolina’s Upstate really has some magnificent views, trails that lead to beautiful waterfalls, and lakes that are home to some of the best Upstate fishing spots. Now I must talk about all the state parks in the Midlands. I cannot complete my quest to be the Ultimate Outsider without visiting these remaining 23 state parks.
From having two of Golf Advisor’s top 25 value courses in the US to the historical Battlefield of River Bridge down I-20, the state parks in the Midlands offer different things to do than the state parks in the mountains. Even if you do not want to drive far, some state parks are closer than you might expect. Some are even near your favorite library. Today, I will give you my top five parks you should visit in the Midlands.
1. Dreher Island State Park
If you are looking for some things to do while the kids are back in school, then head to Dreher Island. Over ten miles of shoreline across Lake Murry, Dreher Island is one of the best fishing spots for everyone to love during the weekend. Plus, it is ADA friendly.
2. Hickory Knob State Resort Park
Need to work on your golf swing while waiting for the fish to bite? Come to Hickory Knob to enjoy golfing on the Savannah River or walk one of their many trails that leads to an archery range. Make sure you try the restaurant here on the weekend. From BBQ to seafood boil or just some regular soul food, Hickory Knob State Resort Park Restaurant has it going on.
3. Landsford Canal State Park
Wanna see something beauteous? Grab a kayak, paddle along the Catawba River, and see the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily. Landsford Canal is also home to a few eagles. For people who love nature, this is the park for you.
4. H. Cooper Black, Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area
If city life is getting you down and you just want things to go slower, visit H. Cooper Black. With over 7,000 acres of pine forest and fields, this is the park where time can wait for you. For any horse riders who want to finally get them out of the stable, H. Cooper Black has over 20 miles of equestrian trails across three ponds that are nothing but peaceful and relaxing.
5. Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
Having a historic site preserves the foundation of what South Carolina was built upon, and Redcliffe has a lot of history. Let a park ranger tell you about the history of this mansion or walk across the Magnolia Lane to see the delightful view that Redcliffe has to offer.
Take a look at the other state parks I visited in the Midlands!
While these parks didn't make my Top 5, each one is definitely worth visiting.
With this blog, my #ultimateoutsider quest is complete and my “Official Guide to South Carolina State Parks” book has a stamp from all 47 state parks. My review of the entire experience plus my top 5 state parks overall is coming real soon. So glad everyone is enjoying this blog. Until next time.