March 2015 Events Around the State

As always, there’s plenty to see and do around the state. This site tells you what and where of a number of activities including historical re-enactments (Battle of Broxton Bridge and the Skirmish at Gamble’s Hotel) and festivals (Hilton Head Island Sea Food Fest, Winyah Bay Heritage Festival, and South Carolina’s Cornbread Festival.) The site also includes runs such as the Cooper River Bridge Run, Tartan Day South and Clemson Literacy Festival.  The events  are arranged by date and you click on the title to get more information.

http://www.sciway.net/calendar/march.html

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Free Admission to National Parks for Fourth Graders

I just heard about this. This will start the next school year, Fall 2015. This will be for all fourth graders and their families. Here’s a link to a webpage for more information:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/02/19/257260/obama-offers-free-admission-to.html

There are seven sites in S.C. affiliated with the National Park System.

Charlies Pinckney National Historic Site

Congaree National Park

Cowpens National Battlefield

Fort Sumter National Monument.

Kings Mountain National Military Park

Ninety-Six National Historic Site

Plus there is the Gullah/Geechee  and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridors

 

 

 

Sesquicentennial State Park

Riding along the busy Two Notch Road (US1) in Columbia, SC, this 1419 acre park may come as a surprise, and what a nice surprise. The park is known as ‘Sesqui’, a much easier name to pronounce than Sesquicentennial. The park opened in 1936, the 150th anniversary, the sesquicentennial, of the founding of Columbia. It was donated to the city the next year.
This is a park I’ve visited the most often, taking in the trails that wind around the park. There’s a paved path around the 30 acre lake. Besides hiking, there are other activities offered, boating, biking, fishing, and ranger led activities. They even have movie night during the summer. Take your kids to enjoy the movies and let them play at the playground while you rest under the trees or go canoeing. There’s room for gatherings and a campground too.
There’s plenty of wildlife to be seen here if you’re lucky from river otters, flying squirrels, foxes and bobcats.
One of my favorite hikes is the one around the lake, but I enjoy the others too. Walking through the trees is a welcome respite although that white sand can be hard to walk on sometimes. And what’s up with the white, beach sand? Turns out the park is located on what used to be the beach way back a good many years ago.
This area is part of the sand hills, a ribbon of hills made of sandy soil that were once ocean dunes left behind when the sea receded.
Sesqui is one of the many parks in South Caroline developed by the CCC, the Civilian Conservation Corp. The stone entrance to the park was made by them as well as many buildings and the lake.

Links:
http://southcarolinaparks.com/sesqui/introduction.aspx
http://www.scgreatoutdoors.com/park-sesqui.html

Location:
You can reach the park off I-77 at the Two Notch Road exit. From I-20, you can take either the Two Notch Road or Polo Road exits. All exits have signs to Sesquicentennial park.

What’s Nearby:
Downtown Columbia with its capital building, Riverfront Park, museums, zoo, and urban walking trails are around eight miles away.

What is 47 Parks SC

47  state parks in South Carolina. 46 counties in South Carolina. Countless day trips.

Whether you like urban, rural, lakes, parks, history, or nature, this site aims to bring readers places to visit. You don’t have to go to another country. You don’t have to travel to another state. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Hop in the car, grab a bike, or walk.

South Carolina offers mountains, lakes, and the beach. Scenic roads can take one to the upstate, the midlands, or the lowcountry. Go as far as you want or stay the whole day in one spot. It’s all up to you.

In this blog I will offer different areas of the state as destinations for day trips. I won’t have restaurants or where to sleep or where to shop. That you can find anywhere. I’ll include links to websites where you can get more information plus travel tips. The main emphisis, thought, is sights to see and things to do. Have a suggestion? Let me know. This is a big state and there’s lots to see.