If you’ve been to any store lately, you might feel as though summer is already over! Back-to-school sales, displays of Halloween costumes and fall decor might make you think it’s too late to plan summer fun, but that’s simply not the case. The first official day of autumn is September 22nd, which means that you still have plenty of time to get out there and enjoy summer. If you haven’t done so already, visit these 10 destinations before your summer is over.
1. The Palmetto Trail
The Palmetto Trail currently stretches 350 miles across the state, and will eventually be 500 miles long. Choose one of the 26 passages to hike and get out there. Check out the trail map
2. Lake Jocassee
Explore Lake Jocassee, where you'll find 75 miles of mostly undeveloped shoreline and plenty of inlets and waterfalls to visit. Rent a canoe or kayak and pack a picnic lunch!
3. Brasstown Falls
Brasstown Falls is a gorgeous three-tiered waterfall in the Sumter National Forest. A relatively easy 20-minute hike takes you to these secluded falls and swimming hole.
4. Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel
The Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel is one of the tallest observation wheels in the world, and the view it provides from the top is simply stunning! You've never seen Myrtle Beach like this. For more information about Sky Wheel, click
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5. Table Rock State Park
If you're feeling energetic, hike the Table Rock Trail and climb to an elevation of 2,000 feet for this view! You can also swim, fish or boat on the lake, hike one of the less strenuous trails, and have a picnic. Check out the park's monthly bluegrass concert.
6. Lynches River County Park
For a fun adventure in the trees, visit Lynches River County Park. Walk along the canopy on a raised walkway and cross several swinging bridges. For a closer look, read
7. Moore Farms Botanical Garden
A day at Moore Farms Botanical Garden will relax and reinvigorate you this summer! Stroll the 50-acre garden on one of its public open house days.
8. Congaree National Park
Canoe, hike, fish or camp at this beautiful national park. Some of the oldest hardwood forest in the southeastern U.S. is found here.
9. Edisto Island
Edisto Island is a 67-square-mile gem located about one hour south of Charleston. It's a quiet spot with not much development, so you can enjoy an afternoon free of crowds. Go for a stroll along the beach, or visit one of the historic buildings on the island. For more information, read our feature article
10. Riverbanks Zoo And Garden
Say hello to more than 2,000 animals at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. You can also stroll through the botanical garden and cool off at the splash pad/waterfall there.