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 […]

Olympian of the Woods Celebrated in South Carolina’s Old 96 District

As the world’s best athletes compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the “Olympian of the Woods,” may be taking flight near you. With five species located across North America (every state but Alaska), the wild turkey is known as the “Olympian of the Woods” with running speeds of 25 MPH and flight speeds […]

Archery: A Sport Filled with Arrows and Bows

“Archery; the sport, practice or skill of using a bow to propel arrows.” Historically, archery was used for hunting and combat. Today it is mostly a competitive sport and a recreational activity. A person who takes part in archery is typically called an archer or a bowman. At the only resort state park in South Carolina, […]

The Palmetto Shooting Complex at the NWTF

The Palmetto Shooting Complex at the National Wild Turkey Federation in Edgefield, S.C. is where individuals both young and old come to enjoy shooting sports. Since opening last fall, the 300-acre facility has hosted more than a dozen shooting events and welcomed more than 6,000 shooters and 20,000 visitors. And the facility is only going […]

Let’s Go Fishing in Old 96 District

Did you know fishing is the second most popular outdoor activity, behind running? Freshwater is the most popular type, and 2 1/2 million people tried fishing for the first time in 2015. For more fun facts, check out the 2016 Special Report on Fishing.     If you haven’t been hooked yet, you’ll find many great […]

Exploring Baker Creek State Park

When planning for an outdoor adventure, it’s sometimes hard to make a decision sight unseen. So, let’s start here by exploring Baker Creek State Park. Stay tuned for the other parks in South Carolina’s Old 96 District. The Details Baker Creek State Park is open March 1 to September 30 annually. There is a state park entrance […]

A Part of SC’s Freshwater Coast

These days, South Carolina’s famous beaches aren’t the only water attraction in the state. The Savannah River and other lakes form the border between South Carolina and Georgia, and the Old 96 District is smack in the middle. Three of the district’s five counties line this coast: Abbeville, McCormick and Edgefield. Abbeville County is home […]

National Wild Turkey Federation

Turkeys on the Run – Better Gobble Them Up! That’s right. The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Winchester Museum is the only museum of its kind in the world. Exhibits are dedicated to the history of wild turkey hunting and conservation in North America, a USDA Forest Service helicopter, wildlife oddities, and regional history. The NWTF […]

A Town Built Over a Gold Mine

Visit the town built over a gold mine! McCormick, SC is named for Cyrus McCormick who bought the property to build the town but never set foot in it! McCormick County is built over gold mines developed by Billy Dorn. Although the mines have been closed for years, the Dorn name is still widely used in many […]

Palmetto Shooting Complex

The Palmetto Shooting Complex is now open to the public in Edgefield, SC! The complex is a premier shooting destination in the Southeast. Located at the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters in Edgefield, SC, the facility houses two dedicated sporting clays courses, five trap and skeet fields and the 9,300-square-foot stone Pavilion perfect for family outings, […]

Lake Greenwood State Park

Lake Greenwood State Park in Ninety Six, SC, is known locally for excellent South Carolina bass fishing, boating, and offers shoreline campsites and nature trails. The camping area provides easy access to the shoreline of Lake Greenwood. 125 paved sites may be used by both RVs and tents. Each site has water and electrical hook-ups and a […]

Hamilton Branch State Park

Hamilton Branch State Park, located in Plum Branch, SC, occupies a peninsula on the 70,000-acre Lake Thurmond. Thanks to activities such as fishing, boating and lakefront camping, the park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking to spend time on the water. Campers can reserve one of more than 150 spacious, lakefront camping sites, an ideal […]

Calhoun Falls State Park

Calhoun Falls State Park sits along several pine-covered points extending out into sparsely-developed Lake Russell. The Calhoun Falls campground is one of the most coveted in the park system, with spacious RV and tent sites complete with forested, shoreline views of the lake. Day-use activities include a short, easy nature trail, tennis court, seasonal swimming […]

Hickory Knob State Resort Park

Hickory Knob State Resort Park in McCormick, SC sits along the rolling, wooded shoreline of the 71,000-acre Strom Thurmond Reservoir. Hickory Knob is a full-service, lakeside South Carolina golf resort and remote state park all rolled into one. Tucked away in a serene, remote location, the parks many amenities and recreational opportunities are a pleasant surprise for many. Hickory Knob […]

Hunting Facilities in the Old 96 District

The Old 96 District boasts two hunting facilities that offer the hunting experience and lodging. Harris Springs Sportsman Preserve in Waterloo, SC provides hunting for deer, turkey, quail and pheasants. Upland bird hunts are offered “Southern Style” at Harris Springs. Great flying birds, excellent dogs, friendly and experienced guides and southern hospitality are what we […]

Enjoy Incredible Fishing in Lake Greenwood, Lake Russell and Lake Thurmond

South Carolina offers some of the best fishing in the country, which is because of the wonderful year-round weather that allows for perfect fishing conditions nearly everyday. The mild weather combined with so many fresh water fishing locations will give every fisherman the best vacation destination.

Explore South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast Trails and Palmetto Backcountry like Never Before

Known for the region’s historic importance through the Civil and Revolutionary wars, the five counties that make up the Old 96 District are home to tons of trails and secret stashes of freshwater. The Old 96 District is rich with activities for nature lovers and adventure-seeking explorers.