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  • Aiken State Park
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    1145 State Park Road
    Windsor, SC 29856

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    803-649-2857

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    Aiken State Park
    State Park on the Edisto River
    Four spring-fed lakes and the meandering South Fork Edisto River make Aiken State Park a popular destination to go birding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, picnicking, campings and hiking. The park was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
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  • Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame
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    135 Dupree Place
    Aiken, SC 29801

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    803-642-7631

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    Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame
    Thoroughbred Racing museum inside historic gardens
    The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is located inside Hopelands Gardens and celebrates the great tradition of racing and Aiken's vital role in it. Thirty-nine Champion Thoroughbreds have trained at the famed Aiken Training Track and each has been immortalized in the Hall of Fame. Flat racers and steeplechase horses, from 1942 through the present are featured in the museum along with photos, trophies and other memorabilia that highlight the careers of these famous horses.
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  • Andrew Pickens Ranger Station
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    112 Andrew Pickens Circle
    Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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    864-638-9568

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    Andrew Pickens Ranger Station
    Interpretive center, gift shop and visitor information
    Named after Revolutionary War hero General Andrew Pickens, the Ranger Station is the gateway to the Andrew Pickens District, a 79,000 acre area that is home to the wild and scenic Chattooga River, the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Sumter National Forest. The station offers a small interpretive center, gift shop and maps that lead you to any outdoor recreational activity that you can think of including hiking, horseback riding, waterfall seeking, fishing and primitive camping.
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  • Audubon Center at Beidler Forest
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    336 Sanctuary Road
    Harleyville, SC 29448

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    843-462-2150

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    Audubon Center at Beidler Forest

    Over 16,000 acres of Bald Cypress and Tupelo Gum swamp forest

    Located in Four Holes Swamp, the Francis Beidler Forest spans over 16,000 acres and contains the largest remaining stand of virgin Bald Cypress and Tupelo Gum swamp forest left anywhere in the world. A 1.75 mile self-guided boardwal trail (handicap accessible) leads you to the heart of the swamp. Canoe and kayak trips and naturalist-guided tours are also avaialble seasonally by reservation. Check out their website for a free downloadable iPhone/iPod application the includes tons of text images that relate to this rare natural area.


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  • Azalea Park
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    Main Street at W. 5th South Street
    Summerville, SC 29485

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    843-871-6000

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    Azalea Park
    12 acres of gardens and sculpture in the middle of historic downtown Summerville
    Azalea Park encompasses 12 acres of beautiful greenspace smack in the middle of historic Summerville. The park is known for it's pathways dotted with sculpture and shade trees. It is also home to Sculpture in the South and the Flowertown Festival, both popular annual events.
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  • Barnwell State Park
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    223 State Park Road
    Blackville, SC 29817

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    803-284-2212

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    Barnwell State Park
    State Park known for fishing, camping and cabins
    Acquired in 1937, Barnwell State Park is a 307-acre park originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public works program set up in the 1930s by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Examples of its work can be seen at the spillway, picnic shelters and the lower lake. Known for its fishing and large meeting facility, Barnwell State Park features five vacation cabins, a 25-site camping area and a nature trail. A large playground and picnic shelters are also available.
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  • Black's Camp & Restaurant
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    1370 Blacks Camp Road
    Cross, SC 29436

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    843-753-2231

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    Black's Camp & Restaurant
    Full-service fish camp and restaurant
    Black's Camp is a full-service fish camp with guided or self-guided fishing expeditions. Accommodations are available on site, as well as a restaurant. So even if you're not a fan of fishing, stop by for one of their famous burgers!
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  • Blueway Adventures

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    100 Paul Revere Square
    Bonneau, SC 29431

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    843-687-2812

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    Blueway Adventures

    Scenic-Historic-Authentic Kayak Tours and Kayak Fishing. Great for family outings, vacation side trips, wildlife viewing and fun in the sun. 

    Blueway Adventures blends the knowledge of a Master Naturalist and ACA certified guide with 20+ years experience to offer exciting and quality outdoor adventures on the waterways of South Carolina. Scenic blackwater kayak trips are offered on Lake Moultrie, Lake Marion, and on Charleston area rivers. Client favorites include the sandy beaches and water lillies on Dennis Pasture, the haunting Revolutionary War history and striking views on Wadboo Creek, and the moss-draped Cypress trees on Sparkleberry Swamp. Kayak lessons and rentals are also offered. Check out their website to book your outdoor experience today!


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  • Bob Campbell Geology Museum
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    140 Discovery Lane
    Clemson, SC 29634

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    864-656-4600

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    Bob Campbell Geology Museum

    Geology and paleontology museum located inside botanical gardens on Clemson University campus

    Located inside the Clemson University's South Carolina Botanical Gardens, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum houses one of the most extensive faceted gem collections in the Southeast. Among the items on display is the largest topaz crystal ever found in this country, weighing in at nine pounds, as well as a 450-pound amethyst geode from Brazil, one of the larger specimens of its kind in a public museum. You can also examine a number of other plant and animal fossils, meteorites, minerals and stone carvings. Admission is free and hours of operation are every day from 10a.m. until 5p.m.


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  • Brookgreen Gardens
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    Highway 17 South between Murrells Inlet & Pawley's Island
    Pawleys Island, SC 29585

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    843-235-6000

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    Brookgreen Gardens
    Former plantation transformed into world renown gardens and outdoor sculpture space
    Brookgreen Gardens emerges from the foundations of former rice plantations, a powerful and almost magical setting for one of the most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture. Began by renowned sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband Archer, Brookgreen today combines history, nature and art like no other place. Experience this for yourself by roaming the gardens, taking a boat ride or walking the many trails that guide you through archaeological digs and interpretive panels that offer a peek into the lives of the plantation owners and enslaved African Americans. There are also multiple sculpture galleries on site as well as an animal forest. Make sure to visit Atalaya, Anna & Archer's home, which is located just down the road at Huntington Beach State Park. History Trivia: The southern-most edge of Brookgreen was once home to Governor Joseph Alson and his wife Theodosia Burr (the only child of Aaron Burr, the Vice President to Jefferson Davis). Their marriage in 1801 was followed by many tragedies including the death of their only son and the disappearance of Theodosia while at sea.
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  • Calhoun Falls State Park
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    46 Maintenance Shop Road
    Calhoun Falls, SC 29628

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    864-447-8267

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    Calhoun Falls State Park

    State Park on one of the least-developed reservoirs in SC

    Calhoun Falls State Park sits astride several pine-covered points jutting into Lake Russell, one of the least-developed large reservoirs in South Carolina. Besides providing access to the Savannah River lake, the park offers camping, picnicking, a tennis court, playground, seasonal swimming and hiking. Area anglers know that Lake Russell holds large numbers of bass, bream, catfish and crappie.


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  • Caw Caw Nature & History Interpretive Center
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    5200 Savannah Highway
    Ravenel, SC 29470

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    843-889-8898

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    Caw Caw Nature & History Interpretive Center
    Former rice plantation that offers outdoor opportunities and historic interpretation of the property
    Caw Caw Interpetive Center guides you through 654 acres worth of history and nature. Part of a former rice plantation, the land was home to enslaved African Americans who applied their technology and skills in agriculture to carve a highly successful series of rice fields out of cypress swamp. Still evident are the earthen dikes, remnant water control structures and canals that today provide diverse habitats to migratory waterfowl, songbirds, deer, otter and alligators. Visitors can experience Caw Caw through the 8 miles of walking trails, interpretive exhibits at the interpretive center and a wide variety of educational programs.
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  • Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
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    1500 Old Towne Road
    Charleston, SC 29407

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    843-852-4200

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    Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
    Site of the 1670 landing of English settles, includes ship replica, museum and animal forest
    Truly the birthplace of South Carolina, in 1670 a group of English settlers landed here and established the start of the Carolinas colony, the plantation system of the American South and one of the continent's first major port cities. The view here hasn't changed much at all (except for the fact that you can now enjoy a convenient trolley and audio tour to get you from place to place!). First brush up on your history at the interactive museum and gift shop before you begin your journey through the Adventure (a 17th century replica ship), an experimental crop garden, archaeology sites, an animal forest with species indigienous to SC and 80 acres of gardens. The Legare-Waring House is a favorite place for weddings and events along with Founders Hall, a LEEDS gold certified event facility.
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  • Charleston Kayak Company
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    Charleston, SC

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    843-628-2879

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    Charleston Kayak Company

    Kayak tours and custom outdoor adventures in Charleston!

    Charleston Kayak Company provides regularly scheduled tours by reservation (self-guided or naturalist-guided) from Middleton Place Plantation. Their specialty is custom kayak events for groups as small as 2 and as big as 40 people! These private tours can depart from a wide variety of Charleston-area locations and be tailored to your specific interests such as team-building activities, wedding events, nature walks, or multi-day trips with the support of a 24ft Carolina Skiff. 


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  • Chattooga Sounds Camp
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    2851 Damascus Church Road
    Long Creek, SC 29658

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    864-647-6196

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    Chattooga Sounds Camp
    Camp ground near the Chattooga River with ropes course and kayak rentals
    Chattooga Sounds Camp is a campground located in Long Creek near the Chattooga River. Offering walk-in and drive-in tent sites plus sleeping sheds, group camp area plus picnic shelter and bathhouses. Chattooga Sounds also features a low-ropes course, kayak rentals and customized trips.
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  • Colleton State Park
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    147 Wayside Land
    Canadys, SC 29433

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    843-538-8206

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    Colleton State Park

    State Park on the Edisto River with cypress swamp, nature trails and marks the beginning of the Edisto River Kayak and Canoe Trail

    Colleton State Park overlooks the scenic EdistoRiver, one of the longest free-flowing black water rivers in the world. The park is the headquarters for the Edisto River Kayak and Canoe Trail, which is a 21-mile stretch of the Edisto River that ends in the neighboring Givhans Ferry State park. The park features the Cypress Swamp interpretive nature trails, a canoe launch boardwalk and is also a great place to spot wildlife such as birds, deer, turtles and snakes! History Trivia: The park was built by the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression as a wayside for picnicking travelers.


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  • Conference Center & Inn at Clemson University
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    230 Madren Center Drive
    Clemson, SC 29634

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    864-654-9020

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    Conference Center & Inn at Clemson University
    Clemson University owned hotel and golf course with on-site restaurant featuring Clemson's famous blue-cheese
    You're in Tiger Country now! Clemson University's own hotel and golf course is adjacent to the South Carolina Botanical Gardens and is the only lakeside hotel and golf course in the Clemson area. Complimentary wireless and continental breakfast are available at the charming 89 room Inn. The 18 hole championship golf course includes a driving range, putting and chipping green and fully stocked pro shop. Rental clubs are available. Seasons-By-The-Lake Restaurant, Joe's Place Bar, tennis courts and an outdoor, seasonal pool are also on site.
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  • Cypress Gardens
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    3030 Cypress Gardens Road
    Moncks Corner, SC 29460

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    843-553-0515

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    Cypress Gardens
    Bald cypress trees overgrowing former rice reservoirs, swamp boat tours and more
    Cypress Gardens is located on the former site of Dean Hall Plantation, a prosperous 3000-acre rice plantation established in the early 1700s. It was then hunting land before becoming a public garden in 1932. Today Cypress Gardens (named appropriately for the bald cypress trees overgrowing the former rice reservoirs) offers the ultimate nature adventure with a Butterfly House, a gift shop, a Heritage Room with exhibits and artifacts about Cypress Gardens during its days as a plantation, a Swamparium that includes an aquarium and reptile center, swamp boat tours and walking trails! History Trivia: Cypress Gardens has been a set for multiple movie productions including The Notebook and The Patriot (the swamp hideout in the movie is still visible at the gardens today!).
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  • Devil's Fork State Park
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    161 Holcombe Circle
    Salem, SC 29676

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    864-944-2639

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    Devil's Fork State Park
    State Park on 7500-acre Lake Jocassee known for campground and outdoor activities
    Devils Fork State Park provides the only public access to Lake Jocassee, a largely undeveloped 7,500-acre reservoir tucked deep in the Cherokee Foothills. The park is popular with families, fishermen, scuba divers and boaters, who enjoy Jocassee’s uncrowded setting and spectacular scenery including waterfalls that cascade into the lake off of steep, wooded slopes. Full campground amenities and modern villas are also highlights of the park. The hiking and nature trails provide opportunities to spot the rare Oconee bell spring flowers, experience the fall color show, or catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or peregrine falcon patrolling the mountain skies.
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  • Edisto Beach State Park
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    8377 State Cabin Road
    Edisto Island, SC 29438

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    843-869-2756

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    Edisto Beach State Park
    Beach-front State Park with Native American history, environmental education center, cabins and campsites
    One of four oceanfront state parks in SC, Edisto Beach State Park is known for being rich in both history and nature. There is an ancient shell midden that created by the Edisto Indians in 2,000 B.C. This mound, made up mostly of oyster shells was where the Native Americans deposited of their trash and other unwanted items. Most popular on site are the nature trails, the Environmental Education Center, its educational programs, completely furnished cabins, campsites and of course the view of the South Carolina coastline!
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  • Edisto Island Serpentarium
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    1374 Highway 174
    Edisto Island, SC 29438

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    843-869-1171

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    Edisto Island Serpentarium
    Educational displays of reptiles around the world and native to SC
    As the first true Serpentarium in South Carolina, this facility is dedicated to the recognition, preservation and study of the world of reptiles. The site provides educational and exciting displays of reptiles from around the world and native to the region.
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  • Edisto Memorial Gardens
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    367 Green Street
    Orangeburg, SC 29116

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    803-533-6020

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    Edisto Memorial Gardens

    150-acre garden along the Edisto River and famous for its impressive rose varieties

    The Edisto Memorial Gardens is made up of 150 acres of azaleas, camellias, roses and other flowers spaced among giant oaks and century-old cyprus trees, cherry and dogwood trees.


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  • Givhans Ferry State Park
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    746 Givhans Ferry Road
    Ridgeville, SC 29472

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    843-873-0692

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    Givhans Ferry State Park
    State Park along the Edisto River known for fishing, camping and a part of the Edisto River Kayak & Canoe Trail that begins in Colleton State Park
    Givhans Ferry State Park sits at the end of the 21-mile long stretch of the Edisto River Kayak & Canoe Trail that begins at Colleton State Park. The Edisto is the longest free-flowing blackwater river in North America, and glimpses of it can be seen from the bluffs outside the cabins at Givhans Ferry. Trails, fishing, camping and picnics are also favorite activities here.
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  • Hampton Park
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    823 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29403

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    843-724-7324

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    Hampton Park
    Park in Charleston that was formerly a horse race track, Civil War prison and more
    Hampton Park is a 56-acre historic park, and the largest located on the peninsula of Charleston. Today you can stop by the park for it's beautiful gardens and aboretum or for the walking trails and audio tour that examines the many layers of history that have shaped this special place. These layers include a 1791 Horse Race Track, an 1864 Civil War Prison, the 1865 site of First Memorial Day event, and the 1901-1902 West Indian Exposition.
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  • Hickory Knob State Resort Park
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    1591 Resort Drive
    McCormick, SC 29835

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    864-391-5380

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    Hickory Knob State Resort Park
    State Park on 70,000-acre reservoir famous for 18 holes of lakeside golf
    The only full-service resort in the SC State Park Service, Hickory Knob rests on rolling, wooded shorline alongside 70,000-acre Strom Thurmond Reservoir on the Savannah River. Hickory Knob offers 18 holes of lakeside championship golf, tennis, skeet shooting and archery, a swimming pool, full-service restaurant and meeting facilities. You can pick from 70 different lodge-style rooms, including a 1770s French Hugenot house.
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  • Hobcaw Barony
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    22 Hobcaw Road
    Georgetown, SC 29440

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    843-546-4623

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    Hobcaw Barony
    17,500 acre environmental research reserve located on 11 former plantations and includes an amazingly preserved slave village
    Now a 17,500 acre research reserve, Hobcaw Barony is one of the few undeveloped tracts on the Waccamaw Neck. Bernard Baruch, Wall Street financier and advisor to presidents, purchased the property comprised of 11 former plantations in 1905 for use as a hunting retreat. Belle Baruch eventually bought the property from her father and at her death in 1964 she created a private foundation for college level research. The property is available by guided tours only, where you can choose to explore anything from the amazing wildlife and nature here to the Baruch home, the beautifully preserved Friendfield slave village and many other outlying historic structures. Make sure to start your visit at the Discovery Center that features exhibits on ecology, history and the significant biological research done at Hobcaw.
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  • Huntington Beach State Park
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    16148 Ocean Highway
    Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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    843-237-4440

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    Huntington Beach State Park
    Beach-front park with camping, educational center, birding, swimming and a National Historic Landmark
    Huntington Beach State Park and the adjacent Brookgreen Gardens were originally all one property owned by renowned 20th century sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband Archer, a noted scholar on Spanish culture. On the beachfront section of their property, the Huntingtons built Atalaya, now a National Historic Landmark, as their winter home and working studio for Anna. Now you can take a tour of Atalaya or enjoy the famed nature and wildlife of Huntington Beach State Park. Recognized as one of the best birding sites on the East Coast, Huntington Beach State Park is comprised of 2,500 acres that supports a diverse assemblage of flora and fauna. Habitats within the park include sandy beach and dune swale econsystems, intertidal rocky shore (jetty), salt, brackish and freshwater marshes, higher elevation maritime forest communities, hammock island ecosystems and three miles of undeveloped beach. The park has an educational center and offers swimming, fishing, nature programs, a gift shop and camping.
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  • Issaqueena Falls & Stumphouse Tunnel
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    Off SC Highway 28 in Stumphouse Tunnel Park
    Walhalla, SC 29691

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    864-638-4343

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    Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel
    Picturesque waterfall near a Civil War-era railroad tunnel
    A new railroad over the Appalachians was proposed to connect the port city of Charleston first with Knoxville and later Cincinatti. Rather than go over or around the mountains it was decided to dig a tunnel. The 1600-foot-long Stumphouse Tunnel was started in 1852 but the Civil War—and a lack of funds—brought construction to a halt. While there were various efforts by the Blue Ridge Railroad to revive the tunnel, none of them came to pass and it stands today as a monument to the efforts of pre–Civil War engineering. In 1951, Clemson University bought the tunnel and used it to cure the South's first blue cheese. The tunnel's environment was later duplicated at Clemson University where it remains today. Not far from the “tunnel to nowhere” is Isaqueena Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the State.
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  • keowee toxaway
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    108 Resident Drive
    Sunset, SC 29685

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    864-868-2605

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    Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

    1000 acres of mountainous terrain, the Jocassee Gorges Visitors Center, camping and cabins

    This park’s 1000 acres of mountainous terrain provide protection for outstanding rock outcrops, views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rhododendron, mountain laurel and other unique mountain flora and fauna. The site includes picnic areas, hiking trails, and the Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center, as well as a cabin and overnight camping areas.


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  • Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area
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    302 State Park Road
    Ninety Six, SC 29666

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    864-543-3535

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    Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area
    Lakeside camping, Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
    Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area is one of 16 state parks in South Carolina built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. That history is captured in the park’s CCC museum, which also serves as a popular reception and meeting center. The park occupies a series of peninsulas on Lake Greenwood, which itself offers 212 miles of shoreline and 11,400 acres of boating and fishing opportunities year-round.
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  • Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area
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    19138-A Highway 11S
    Fair Play, SC 29643

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    864-972-3352

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    Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area
    56,000 acre lake known for fishing, hiking, information center and camper-cabins
    This 56,000-acre lake maintains a reputation for top-flight angling, including for striped bass and hybrid bass, largemouth, crappie, bream, and catfish. In addition to lake access, the site offers hiking, affordable one-room camper cabins, and an information center, which has on display an array of vintage fishing equipment.
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  • Lake Thurmond Visitors Center
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    510 Clarks Hill Highway
    Clarks Hill , SC 29821

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    864-333-1100

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    Lake Thurmond Visitors Center
    Educational exhibits about lakes, dams, hydrolectric power and nature
    Located near the Georgia line, this Visitors Center has interpretive exhibits about the lakes, dams, hydroelectric power and surrounding nature. Exhibits are both educational and entertaining, making this site and excellent stop for families!
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  • Langley Pond
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    113 Langley Dam Road
    Langley, SC 29834

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    803-642-7559

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    Langley Pond
    The world's largest pond used for boating and sandy beach area
    Langley Pond is a recreational venue for swimming, boating and rowing. Originally named Horse Creek Pond, as the Westos tribe favored the water source for their horses, the pond is the location for Pow Wows, triathlons and other events. Competitors come from all over the world to compete in national and regional regattas. It is the world’s largest pond, just inches short of a lake! On site, visitors will find a large picnic shelter and grills. There is also a playground, concession stand, bath house, boat ramp, special events area, swim area and sandy beach to enjoy.
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  • Little River Blueway
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    5812 US Highway 278 West
    McCormick, SC 29835

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    864-378-5816

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    Little River Blueway
    Extraordinary outdoor activity area within the Sumter National Forest
    If you're into mountain biking, hiking, fishing, camping, paddling or just exploring historical and cultural sites, you need to get up to the Little River Blueway. The extraodinary outdoor adventure area located within Sumter National Forest has 51 miles of diverse and scenic water trails, 136 miles of hiking and biking trails, two state parks, four golf courses, five campgrounds, lodging and a skeet and archery range all within close range of the quaint and historic town of McCormick. Stop in the downtown visitors center for a map, or plan your visit at the Little River Blueway website!
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  • Morse Park Landing
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    US 17 Business
    Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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    Morse Park Landing

    Public boat launch, crabbing dock in the Seafood Capital of SC

    Located in Murrells Inlet, the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, Morse Park Landing serves as a public boat launch, crabbing dock, wild-life viewing area and picnic spot. From here you can see ocean jetties, Drunken Jack Island and Huntington Beach State Park. History Trivia: Morse Park Landing is located on the site of Morse's Oyster Roast, one of Murrells Inlet's first oyster-shucking restaurants.


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  • National Wild Turkey Federation Museum
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    770 Augusta Road
    Edgefield, SC 29824

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    803-637-3106

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    National Wild Turkey Federation Museum
    Museum displays, interactive exhibits, archery & skeet shooting
    The Wild Turkey Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the restoration, management and hunting of the wild turkey. The amazing comeback story of the American wild turkey unfolds through the exciting displays at the NWTF Museum such as 3-D dioramas and interactive exhibits. Schedule a tour ahead of time for special activities like archery and skeet shooting!
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  • Nature Adventure Outfitters

    Address:
    1 Shrimp Boat Lane
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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    843-568-3222

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    Nature Adventures Outfitters

    Charleston's oldest naturalist guide service offering paddling, hiking, birding and wildlife eco-boat tours in the Francis Marion National Forest, Cape Romain, Santee and ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuges, and the Charleston Harbor.

    Tours are offered in Protected Wilderness Areas offering an abundance of wildlife sightings including dolphins, alligators, neo-tropical songbirds and more. Led by professional, university degreed Master Naturalist Guides, pro-birders and full time wildlife and marine biologists. Nature Adventures Outfitters also offers wilderness camping trips, overnight expeditions to remote barrier islands and swamps, along with womens and couples retreats to all of South Carolinas incredible great outdoor destinations. They are also a "Recommended Area Outfitter" by National Geographic Adventure and "Outstanding Guide Services" by Canoe and Kayak Magazine. 


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  • Ninety Six National Historic Site
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    Highway 249
    Ninety Six, SC 29666

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    Ninety Six National Historic Site
    British fortified town features original fort and Revolutionary War battlefield
    In the late 1750’s several British regiments encamped on these grounds and assisted with constructing and garrisoning fortifications during the Cherokee War. Fort Ninety Six was completed in 1759 to protect backcountry settlers and was the site of two Cherokee attacks in 1760. Ninety Six also played a major role in the Revolutionary War because of its strategic location at the convergence of several important backcountry roads. The first land battle south of New England was fought here in November 1775. In 1780, the British fortified the town and it became an important outpost. Major General Nathanael Greene with 1,000 patriot troops staged a siege here against 550 loyalists. Although battered by the siege, the British-built earthen Star Fort remains one of the best preserved examples of an original 18th century fortification. The British finally abandoned Ninety Six and returned to Charleston.
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  • Oconee State Park
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    624 State Park Road
    Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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    864-638-5353

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    Oconee State Park
    State Park in the Blue Ridge foothills
    Deep in the Blue Ridge foothills,Oconee State Park has welcomed visitors since it was first built in the 1930s. It’s popular for its several picturesque hiking trails and the well-kept cabins and campgrounds. The park’s fishing lakes offer bass and bream, and the woods are full of wildlife, fur and feather alike. Adjacent to Sumter National Forest, the park serves as a jumping-off point to the nearby Chattooga and Chauga rivers, hotspots for whitewater rafting and trout fishing. The park also marks the southern trailhead for the Foothills Trail, an 80-mile wilderness hike on the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment.
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  • Oconee Station State Historic Site
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    500 Oconee Station Road
    Walhalla , SC 29691

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    864-638-0079

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    Oconee Station State Historic Site
    1792 small frontier post, 1805 home also on site
    Built around 1792 during tensions between white settlers and Creek Indians, the Oconee Station itself was one in a string of small frontier posts garrisoned by state militia. It was the last of its kind when it was decommissioned and the troops left in 1799. Its impressive 20-inch stone walls are still standing today. William Richards ran a thriving trading post out of the Station until 1809. Also on the site is the William Richards House built in 1805. It served as a private residence for 150 years. The site features picnicking, fishing, and trail access to Station Cove Falls in the Sumter National Forest.
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  • Old Santee Canal Park
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    900 Stony Landing Road
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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    843-899-5200

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    Old Santee Canal Park
    Interpretive center on former plantation and site of first American canal
    Old Santee Canal is a 195-acre park located on the site of the first true canal in America. It is also a part of the former Stony Landing Plantation, an important site for trade and transportation since the colonial times. The park offers tours of the 19th century plantation house, four miles of trails and an impressive 11,000 square foot interpretive center that showcases cultural and natural history exhibits, an interactive computer, live snake exhibits and more!
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  • Parsons Mountain Recreation Area
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    454 Parsons Mountain Road
    Abbeville, SC 29620

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    864-446-2273

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    Parsons Mountain Recreation Area
    Swimming, boating, camping, trails and fishing
    This recreation area houses a 28-acre man-made lake that offers swimming, boating, picnic shelters, camp sites, fishing and is handicap accessible during daylight hours. Surrounding the lake is a marked trail that interprets the activities of early settlers in the upstate. Another trail climbs from the lake to the top of the mountain, passing the historic gold mines and ending at the fire tower.
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  • Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
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    325 State Park Road
    Ehrhardt, SC 29081

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    803-267-3675

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    Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
    Civil War battlefield
    Site of one of the Confederacy’s last stand against General William T. Sherman’s sweep across the South, the earthen fortifications at Rivers Bridge stand as silent monuments to the fierce resistance that raged there on February 2-3, 1865. Today, Rivers Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only State Historic Site in South Carolina that commemorates the Civil War.
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  • santee state park
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    251 State Park Road
    Santee, SC 29142

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    803-854-4834

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    Santee State Park

    State Park along Lake Marion with hiking, biking, camping, cabins and pontoon boats

    The camping and cabins are a favorite at this park, some of which are located on piers on the lake where catfish is the main catch. There's plenty of trails for hiking and biking, and pontoon boat rides on the flooded cypress forest.


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  • Sewee Visitors Center
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    5821 Highway 17 North
    Awendaw, SC 29429

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    843-928-3368

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    Sewee Visitor Center
    Environmental education center showcasing ecosystems of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Francis Marion National Forest
    The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center is operated by both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service to showcase the ecosystems of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Francis Marion National Forest. The center has nature exhibits, a live endangered red wolf viewing area, a classroom and laboratory and a nature trail.
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  • Silver Bluff Audubon Center
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    4542 Silver Bluff Road
    Jackson, SC 29831

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    803-471-0291

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    Silver Bluff Audubon Center
    3,000 acres of walking trails, forest, lakes, ponds, wildlife viewing and walking trails
    Silver Bluff is nestled along 2.5 miles of the Savannah River and is comprised of over 3,000 acres of forests, fields, lakes, ponds and streams that support a wide variety of wildlife, including over 200 species of birds such as Wood Storks and Bald Eagles. Visitors can enjoy a system of walking trails and special-event programming throughout the year, and learn of the rich history of the property that was once the site of visits by Spanish and English explorers, an 18th century trading post and a Revolutionary War skirmish.
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  • South Carolina Aquarium
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    100 Aquarium Wharf
    Charleston, SC 29401

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    843-720-1990

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    South Carolina Aquarium
    Aquarium displays, daily programs, behind-the-scenes tour and sea turtle hospital
    The South Carolina Aquarium is one of the top experiences in Charleston! Find out why and by checking out some of their activities such as a 4-D movie theater, daily programs, behind the scenes tours, a visit with an albino alligator, or a visit to the Sea Turtle hospital! There is always something new at the aquarium, so make sure you visit their website to plan your day!
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  • Table Rock State Park
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    158 East Ellison Lane
    Pickens, SC 29671

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    864-878-9813

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    Table Rock State Park
    State Park with two lakes backdropped by a towering mountain
    Situated on the National Scenic Highway 11, Table Rock is named for the towering mountain that serves as a backdrop for the 3,000 acre park. The hiking trails serve as an access point for the 80-mile Foothills Trail where you can pass mountain streams and waterfalls. There are also cabins, a campground and an old-fashioned swimming hole on one of the park's two lakes.
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  • Birds of Prey
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    4872 Seewee Road
    Awendaw, SC 29429

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    843-971-7474

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    The Center for Birds of Prey

    Birding educational center, offers tours and demonstrations of birds in free flight

    Ideally situated on a 152-acre campus near Charleston, the Center for Birds of Prey is dedicated to the study and welfare of birds and their habitats and to engaging the public in important environmental issues that affect birds and humans alike. With nearly 50 species of birds of prey on display, the Center offers educational guided walking tours and demonstrations with birds in free flight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


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  • shamrockhouse
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    814 Moorefield Memorial Highway
    Sunset, SC 29841

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    706-993-5325

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    The Shamrock House

    Historic cabin in the mountains of the Upcountry

    The Shamrock House is a historic cabin property located in the mountains of upstate South Carolina featuring beautiful architecture and stonework. The grounds include walking trails to enjoy the natural beauty, abundant wildlife, a trout stream, and trout pond. The main cabin is thought to have been one of the first homes with electricity in the area, powered by a water-wheel at the back of the property. The remains of the stone structure which once supported the wheel are still viewable, as the stream continuously runs through the structure to this day.

    The Shamrock House cabins are available for short term rental for families to enjoy year-round.


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  • Walhalla State Fish Hatchery
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    198 Fish Hatchery Road
    Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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    864-638-2866

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    Walhalla State Fish Hatchery

    Only trout hatchery in South Carolina

    Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this is the only trout hatchery in South Carolina. Some 150,000 pounds of rainbow, brown and brook trout are raised here each year for stocking mountain streams and lakes. Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery or fish in the East Fork, which runs through hatchery grounds. You can also picnic in areas provided for the public. Nearby is the Ellicott Rock Wilderness, which offers a series of scenic trails for hikers.


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