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

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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.

Whether your bike requires a motor or just your trusty legs, there are trails just for you. Hiking and biking trails meander through forests, follow water sources and traverse old railroad tracks in this special secret of South Carolina. Not only are historical treasures available for discovery, but there are several landmarks that cannot be missed.

The John De La Howe School is a landmark that indicates the start of the De La Howe Interpretive Trail. The 96 National Historic Site guides adventure seekers to the Star Fort. Ed’s trail, named for a valued volunteer of the outdoor education center, leads to the National Wild Turkey Federation. Along the way, many of the trails have historical treasures with nuggets of information for hikers and bikers to learn about as they stop to rest. If stopping and resting for the night or the whole weekend sound like a good plan, be sure to check out the 15 campgrounds.

The stars and sounds of the night will lull you to sleep just like your weeks away at summer camp as a kid or setting up a fort in your backyard growing up. Many of the campgrounds are close to Lake Greenwood in Greenwood County and the bodies of fresh water along the South Carolina-Georgia state line.

Lake Russell in Abbeville and Lake Thurmond in McCormick County. Lake Russell is home to Calhoun Falls State Park and Lake Thurmond, one of the largest bodies of water in the South and the largest body of water east of the Mississippi River, is home to Hickory Knob Resort State Park. Natural foliage in the area cover the paths and trails that wind near and around Strom Thurmond Lake, Baker Creek, Lake Russell and Lake Greenwood just to name a few within the six state parks in the area.

While enjoying the natural surroundings, don’t forget to invite your furry friends. Pets are allowed on most any trail; a leash is highly encouraged. Just about anyone can take advantage of this historically relevant and naturally beautiful expanse of wild open spaces. Let your imagination and freedom take flight by visiting the Old 96 District of South Carolina, only a short drive from the saltwater coast, the mountains and the city, too.

Be sure to check out the brand spanking new Hiking and Biking Brochure from the Old 96 District Tourism office.

For more information and other exciting events coming up, be sure to visit the website, http://sctravelold96.com and stop by on Facebook at the SC Travel Old 96 page

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Old 96 District
December 10, 2014
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