Who needs to travel to Egypt to see the Great Pyramids of Giza, or to China to see The Great Wall when we have our own
7 Wonders of the World right here in South Carolina?
The Palmetto State is jam-packed with so much to see and do. Here are 7 places of wonder that you’ll want to add to your bucket list – and soon!
1. The ACE Basin - along South Carolina's coast.
Along South Carolina's southern coastline the ACE Basin brings three of the state's rivers together: the Ashepoo, the Combahee and the South Edisto Rivers.
The area is renowned for being dedicated to preserving, among other things, the natural habitat of the waterways, marshes and natural landscape.
The ACE Basin is one of the largest estuaries along the eastern U.S. coast. It is truly spectacular. If you've ever been to Kiawah, Seabrook, Edisto or Beaufort then you've been to the ACE Basin.
2. The Angel Oak - America's oldest living tree?
You'll find the Angel Oak on Johns Island, just south of Charleston.
She's a sprawling beauty - one of her branches measures a whopping 189 feet. Every inch of tree you see in this photo is part of The Angel Oak.
Angel Oak is estimated to be approximately 1500 years old and just may be the oldest living tree in North America. This photo shows the tree's mammoth size as she poses for a photo with a visitor.
3. The huge slab of granite known as Forty Acre Rock in Kershaw.
Forty Acre Rock showcases a kaleidoscope of colors in its sloping shallow pools.
This huge single chunk of granite isn't quite forty acres at the surface. The rock itself is only 14 acres.
Forty Acre Rock is a flat laying granite that formed hundreds of thousands of years ago beneath the earth's surface. Years of tectonic activity pushed the rock outward and today it sits at roughly 300 feet above sea level.
4. The ancient Carolina Bays that dot the satellite landscape of the Palmetto State.
Carolina Bays along South Carolina's coast are also found in some other states along the eastern U.S. coast. Their origin is speculated to be either derived from some occurrence inside the Earth, or by some meteoric activity in Earth's history.
Whatever the origin of Carolina Bays, they're very old. Woods Bay State Park in Olanta has a Carolina Bay filled with water (shown above).
5. The towering Table Rock in South Carolina's upstate.
The Table Rock Summt Trail in Table Rock State Park is 3.5 miles and mostly uphill. But the views are worth the effort.
The State Park that enfolds Table Rock was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The mountain got its name from the Native Americans who inhabited this area. They believed the gods dined on the giant flat rock.
6. That South Carolina alluring combination of Oak Trees and Spanish Moss.
When you travel out of state, it's one of the things that lets you know you're home.
No doubt, South Carolina isn't the ONLY state with oak trees and spanish moss but it just looks better here in South Carolina than anywhere else.
In the 1900s, Spanish moss was used commercially to stuff car seats. In 1939 more than 10,000 tons of Spanish moss was produced commercially, although not all from South Carolina.
7. These GIANT hardwoods in Congaree National Park in Hopkins, SC.
The hardwoods at Congaree National Park are the oldest old-growth, bottom-land hardwoods in the United States.
If these trees are this big around, then imagine how TALL they are...
South Carolina is the most beautiful state in our nation.
These 7 wonders are definitely worth a visit. How many have you already seen? Tell us in our comments section; we’d love to know.