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Charles Pinckney National Historic Site- The historic site was established to interpret Charles Pinckney's role in the development of the United States Constitution, his plantation, and the transition of the United States from a group of colonies to a young nation.
Congaree Swamp National Monument- Congaree Swamp contains the last significant tract of southern bottomland hardwood forest in the U.S. It is home to a rich diversity of plant and animal species associated with an alluvial floodplain. Several national and state record trees are located within the park.
Cowpens National Battlefield- Cowpens National Battlefield commemorates a decisive battle that helped turn the tide of war in the South. The park offers a visitors center, interpretive trails and a driving tour.
Fort Sumter National Monument- The first engagement of the Civil War took place here on April 12, 1861. The park also embraces Fort Moultrie, scene of the patriot victory of June 28, 1776 - one of the early defeats of the British in the Revolutionary War. Together the forts reflect 171 years of seacoast defense.
Francis Marion National Forest- The 250,000 acre Francis Marion National Forest lies near the coast. The Forest boasts a variety of opportunities from canoeing and kayaking to motorcycling and hunting.
Kings Mountain National Military Park- Kings Mountain National Military Park commemorates a pivotal and significant victory by American Patriots over American Loyalists during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. The park is located near Blacksburg.
Ninety Six National Historic Site- This important colonial backcountry trading village is the scene of Nathaniel Greene's siege in 1781. It is located west of Greenwood in the Midlands of South Carolina.
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail- The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) follows the Revolutionary War route of Patriot militia men from Virginia, today's eastern Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to the battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina, site of the Kings Mountain National Military Park.
Sumter National Forest- The Sumter National Forest is spread into three sections in western and central South Carolina. One area lies in the Appalachian Mountains, while the other two form part of the piedmont.

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Congaree Swamp National Monument
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Description - The South Carolina Forests and Parks includes areas managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. South Carolina has two National Forests, the Francis Marion and the Sumter. They four segments of the Forests include portions of the southern Appalachian Mountains at 3,300-feet elevation, the rolling terrain in the middle of the state, and the flat, sea-level plains near the Inter coastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The sites managed by the National Park Service include a Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, and Congaree Swamp, Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter National Monuments.

Recreation - Visitors to the National Forests and National Park sites in South Carolina will find many recreational opportunities. Boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, motorcycle riding, wildlife and plant observing, camping and picnicking are a few of the most popular activities. The National Park sites offer opportunities viewing history.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - The National Forests, National Historic Sites, National Monuments and National Battlefields in South Carolina are scattered throughout the state.


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South Carolina - South Carolina terrain encompasses white sand beaches, barrier islands, hardwood forests, colonial plantations and moss-covered trees. Recreation enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities in this state.

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