Monthly Archives: November 2018

Festival of Trees at the Dorn Mill Complex, & “Home for the Holidays” in the Grist Mill

Festival of Trees at the Dorn Mill Complex, & “Home for the Holidays” in the Grist Mill When: 10a.m. – 8:00p.m. Friday, November 30,  Saturday, December 1, Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8 Where: The Dorn Mill Complex, 206 N. Main St. McCormick, SC 29835 The McCormick County Historic Commission proudly presents the Festival […]

The ABC’s of the Wild Turkey: Thanksgiving Table Talk

In case you want to dazzle the kinfolk over the dinner table at this year’s Thanksgiving celebration, here’s a heaping helping of turkey trivia-from A to Z! Alaska This is the only state where wild turkeys can’t be found – not because it’s too cold, but because the state doesn’t have a long growing season. […]

Fishing on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast: Lake Russell

Looking for a new fishing adventure? On South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast, we’ve got three lakes that combine for a whopping 100+ acres of water just waiting for you to explore. Fishing in our area of the upstate is at its best in early to middle fall, so now’s the time to visit. Crappie and striped […]

Holiday Spirit Is Alive in SC Old 96 District

The Holiday Season Comes Alive in South Carolina Old 96 District The Christmas decorations have long been in the stores but in the South Carolina Old 96 District, the holiday season comes alive when December 1 arrives. Lots of fun activities and events will put you in the holiday spirit. There is something for the youngsters and […]

Weekend Getaway in Greenwood–Inn on the Square

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, Greenwood’s Inn on the Square is where you’ll find it. A boutique hotel in an elegantly designed historical building, it re-opened in October 2015 after a renovation and its colorful character has made it a visitors’ favorite. Tucked away from the interstate, Inn on the Square is […]

Sumter National Forest, Wine Creek Trail

LENGTH: 5.5 miles linear DIFFICULTY: Moderate TRAILHEAD: 33.84130, -82.13294 (SC 283), 33.79402, -82.14576 (Key Bridge) SURFACE: Natural, optimized for mountain biking FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: None Following the gentle fl ow of Wine Creek as it winds its way for 5.5 miles through deciduous forests and around pine plantations to feed its waters […]

Sumter National Forest, Turkey Creek Trail

LENGTH: 7 miles linear DIFFICULTY: Moderate TRAILHEAD: 33.79402, -82.14576 (Key Bridge) SURFACE: Natural, narrow singletrack optimized for mountain biking FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: None Starting off in a deeply shaded forest on narrow singletrack that slips through lush greenery, the Turkey Creek Trail provides a great round-trip destination for mountain bikers to put […]

Sumter National Forest, Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area

LENGTH: 4 mile loop DIFFICULTY: Moderate TRAILHEAD: 34.09778,-82.35730 SURFACE: Natural, mostly clay FEES: Daily parking fee PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: At bath house and campground Home to an 800-foot summit, Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area o ers a moderately di cult loop around Parson’s Mountain Lake. The four-mile loop includes woods overflowing with fl ora such […]

Palmetto Trail, Enoree Passage

LENGTH: 36 miles DIFFICULTY: Moderate TRAILHEAD: 34.52773, -81.72887 SURFACE: Natural FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: Yes Enoree Passage is 36 continuous Trail miles through Sumter National Forest, linking Newberry, Laurens, and Union counties. The southern trailhead is located at the end of Forest Service Road 379 (Chandler Road) o Old Whitmire Road (SR 81). […]

Ninety Six National Historic Site, Historical Trail

LENGTH: 1 mile loop DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.147514, -82.023187 SURFACE: Paved, with hills and bridges Wheelchair accessible FEES: No PETS PERMITTED: Yes, if leashed RESTROOMS: Portable toilet at trailhead May only be seasonally available At the Ninety Six National Historic Site, the paved Historical Trail provides station-by-station interpretation of this important crossroads in American history. […]

Ninety Six National Historic Site, Cherokee Path

LENGTH: 1.5 miles one way DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.14555, -82.01853 SURFACE: Natural FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: Yes, at the park visitor center The Cherokee Path is a 1.5 mile trail from point to point. It was once a direct route for traders and trappers, Native Americans, and settlers to exchange merchandise between the […]

Muscrove Mill State Historic Site, British Encampment Trail

LENGTH: 1 mile linear DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.35540, -81.51140 SURFACE: Unpaved FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Dogs on leashes less than 6 feet are allowed RESTROOMS: At the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site Visitors Center This easy, one mile loop starts in the parking lot and runs along the Enoree River much of the way. The […]

Muscrove Mill State Historic Site, Battlefield Trail

LENGTH: 1.5 miles linear DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.35540, -81.51256 SURFACE: Unpaved FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Dogs on leashes less than 6 feet are allowed RESTROOMS: At the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site Visitors Center This trail begins on the ADA boardwalk, which leads to the overlook at Horseshoe Falls. The trail leaves the overlook and […]

Hamilton Branch State Park, Hamilton Branch Paleo Trail

LENGTH: 1.5 mile loop DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 33.75205, -82.21109 SURFACE: Natural FEES: Park entry fee PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: Yes Enjoy the scenic view of this short hiking trail. Following the trail markers on the trees (white signs with black arrows), you will wander up and down through a thick forest of pines and hardwoods. […]

Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center

LENGTH: 2.4 mile network DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.49188, -82.04340 SURFACE: Natural, boardwalk FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: No The Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center is a special place in Laurens County—complete with a restored 1800’s log cabin, man-made waterfall and bird sanctuary, hiking trails, a Native American village, butterfly garden, a handicapped accessible […]

SC’s Old 96 District: 12 Hiking/Biking Trails in 6 South Carolina State Parks

Did you know South Carolina’s Old 96 District has six South Carolina state parks? That’s a lot of opportunity for outdoor adventure—not just for camping and boating, but also for an unbeatable selection of hiking and biking trails. Choose your adventure from every skill level at difficult, intermediate, to beginner. Challenge yourself to a blood-pumping […]

North Pole Express at the Railroad Historical Center – Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

What: The North Pole Express Where: The Railroad Historical Center in Uptown Greenwood When: Friday, Nov. 30 & Saturday, Dec. 1, 6pm-8pm Tickets : Children – $25 Adults – $10 Experience the magical journey on the North Pole Express with a trip to the Railroad Historical Center in Greenwood.  Children will hear the story of The Polar Express, visit with Santa, […]

Town of Ninety Six Trail

LENGTH: 1.4 miles linear DIFFICULTY: Easy TRAILHEAD: 34.175119, -82.022911 (parking area at the Ninety Six Visitor Center) SURFACE: Paved and wheelchair accessible downtown, unpaved but graded elsewhere FEES: None PETS PERMITTED: Yes RESTROOMS: Yes, at the Ninety Six Visitor Center, downtown Trains no longer stop traffic in Ninety Six in the middle of the day. […]

Sumter National Forest, Horn Creek Trail

TRAILHEAD: 33.72630, -82.03950 5.3 mile loop An excellent ride on a well-built trail with diverse terrain along the way, including views from atop a ridge and long stretches paralleling Horn Creek. Officially, it starts within Lick Fork Recreation Area.There is a secondary trailhead (which the Forest Service calls the “Winter Trailhead”) on an unpaved road, […]

Sumter National Forest, Long Cane Horse Trail

TRAILHEAD: 34.09455, -82.28739 (Fell Camp) ACCESS POINTS: 34.09945, -82.34884 (Access H @ Cedar Springs Rd) 34.10456, -82.35066 (Crossing @ Parsons Mountain Rd) 23 mile loop  This 23-mile loop trail is open to biking and horseback riding, and although it’s not signposted for hikers, portions of it can be hiked (no backpacking is permitted), depending on […]

Savannah Valley Railroad Trail

TRAILHEADS: 33.92296, -82.34205 (Brown Trailhead); 33.92307, -82.37315 (Badwell Cemetery) ACCESS POINTS: 33.92231, -82.41237 (Huguenot Parkway); 33.92818, -82.42214 (SC 7) 5.5 miles  For a ride through regional history, the Savannah Valley Railroad Trail leads visitors past and to historic sites surrounding New Bordeaux, the French settlement of 1764. Presently this trail can only be hiked or […]

Ninety Six National Historic Site, Star Fort Pond Loop

TRAILHEAD: 34.14612, -82.00637 1.5 mile loop Star Fort Pond, which is accessible from a trailhead south of Ninety Six off CR 246 and Kinard Road, is a flat, easy to follow loop which is shared with equestrians and is signposted “Fisherman’s Access Trail” in several places. It connects to the Star Fort Pond Trail  and […]

National Wild Turkey Federation Outdoor Education Center

TRAILHEAD: 33.76650, -81.90510 1.6 mile loop / 0.6 mile loop for Ed’s Trail At the National Wild Turkey Federation Headquarters and Museum, a large kiosk at the edge of their parking lot shows off a map of the trail system that are a part of their Outdoor Education Center. Ed’s Trail, is well marked, signposted, […]

Hickory Knob State Park, Lakeview Trail

TRAILHEAD: 33.88240, -82.41377 6.7 mile loop This is the one of the best bike trails in the Old 96 District for views – the name of the trail says it all! It’s a loop with technical spots that’ll give an adrenalin rush to cyclists, and is well-maintained. SORBA helps maintain all of the trails at […]

Hickory Knob State Park, Beaver Run Trail

TRAILHEADS: 33.87888, -82.43176 (lodge), 33.89198, -82.42191 (skeet range) 2.3 miles linear or 5.6 mile round-trip The Beaver Run Trail is a linear trail between the skeet shooting area parking lot and the lodge at Hickory Knob Resort State Park. The trail stays close to Lake Thurmond for much of its length and loops around the […]

Calhoun Falls State Park, Cedar Bluff Trail

TRAILHEAD: 34.10798, -82.62623 (day use area access) 1.5 mile loop Well-thought out in its placement, the Cedar Bluff Trail showcases the slopes above Lake Russell with views of the lake and many bridges to cross over creeks draining into the lake. It’s a very pretty trail, and was exactly where the park map showed it […]

Baker Creek State Park, Wild Mint Trail

TRAILHEAD: 33.88034, -82.36470 0.7 mile loop It took two tries to find the trailhead for this trail, since it starts near the bathhouse and campground at Campground #2 and there are no signs outside the campground directing you to it. A very pleasant loop walk. We suggest that the park create an alternative access point […]

Baker Creek State Park, Walking Trail

TRAILHEAD: 33.88746, -82.36691 No mileage Despite its appearance on the state park’s map and the Little River Blueway map, there is no trail here, just a sign that says “Walking Trail.” We walked all over the peninsula with the boat ramp looking for a trail. Later on, we consulted with the sole park ranger on […]

Baker Creek State Park, Mountain Bike Trail

TRAILHEAD: 33.88346, -82.35841 10 miles of connecting loops / 5.2 miles ridden We saw the trail crossings in several places while driving in on the park road, but it took a few minutes to figure out exactly where the trailhead was, since it is not marked out by the parking lot or road. Even then, […]

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