Before that short South Carolina spring slips into the lazy days of summer, let’s get outside and explore this great state. Here are 13 great ways to turn up the explorer instinct in anyone. Have fun!
1. Head over to the beach to look for great shells.
Even if you're local you know you can't resist a score this big...
2. Go say hello to the oldest living Oak tree on the East Coast.
The Angel Oak and its sprawling limbs cover more than 17,000 square feet. She's more than 1500 years old. If you're viewing this image on your phone...that little red speck is a woman in a red dress.
More info here.
3. Hike a passage of the Palmetto Trail
The Palmetto Trail, when complete, will be one of 16 cross-state trails in the US. At the moment, 350 miles of the projected 500 are finished in "passages" that range from 1.3 to 47 miles. Of course, you don't have to hike your passage from end-to-end. Just go as far as you want and hike back the way you came.
a link to all the passages currently open.
4. Go chase lighthouses.
South Carolina has 7 great historic lighthouses to see. We featured them all
in an article here.
5. Take a walk in the tree tops.
Over in Coward, SC the Lynches River County Park has a canopy walk you'll never forget. We featured it
6. Visit Fenway Park without leaving South Carolina.
Fluor Field in Greenville is a replica of Fenway Park. Do you see the Green Monster in this photo? It's in front of that towering building in the middle of the photo.
7. Walk a mile along the Waccamaw on Conway's Riverwalk.
Explore the beautiful riverwalk in Conway, SC. P.S. You don't need wedding attire. 🙂
8. Pay your respects outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
It's never too late to place a memorial outside Emanual AME in remembrance of the lives lost here last June. After, explore the Holy City on foot.
9. Spend some time at your favorite lake.
South Carolina has so many great lakes to enjoy. View a comprehensive list
10. Do some serious porch or deck surfing.
Any season is a good one to grab a cold beverage and do some porch surfing right outside your door.
11. Beef up your collection of waterfall photos.
This one is from Brenda Wiley's collection. It was taken at Yellow Branch Falls near Wahalla, SC.
12. Visit an outdoor art gallery.
Check out the incredible outdoor art at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet.
13. Explore an exotic beach.
The beach at Botany Bay on Edisto Island isn't the only exotic thing you'll find about this outing. Just getting there is an amazing drive!
Are you ready yet? Are there other ways you get your “outdoor fix” in the spring? Tell us in our comments on Facebook.