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Goodale State Park
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Goodale State Park
Description - South Carolina provides a number of state and federally administered recreation facilities to entice recreationists of all types. The state can be split into four distinct regions: Upland country, central South Carolina, the Grand Strand and the southern coast. The Upland region encompasses the land in the northwest corner of the state. The Savannah River forms the western border of this region, separating Georgia from South Carolina. Lakes formed by damming the Savannah, Richard B. Russell Lake and J. Strom Thurmond Lake, are popular recreation sites. The Sumter National Forest occupies 360,000 acres of land in this region.

Central South Carolina lies between Interstates 95, 77 and 20. The region contains portions of several major rivers in the state: the Savannah, Congaree, Catawba and Pee Dee. This area is characterized by slow wide waterways and tobacco and cotton fields. Many of the large plantations in South Carolina, so intricate in southern history, are located in this region. Natural areas include Carolina National Wildlife Refuge, Manchester State Forest, Congaree Swamp National Monument and Aiken State Park.

The Grand Strand includes 60 miles of wide, white sand beaches from Myrtle Beach to Charleston. This area attracts more tourists than any other region of the state. Beaches, state parks and the Marion National Forest provide recreation opportunities in this area. The Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers join and flow into the Inter coastal waterway immediately south of Myrtle Beach.

From Charleston southward along the coast barrier islands have been formed and create a myriad of waterways. This area is best known for the resorts of Hilton Head Island, but unique cultural and natural resources exist here as well. The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and Hunting Island State Park provide excellent opportunities for visitors to enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the coastal plain.

Recreation - Recreation in the natural areas of South Carolina include fishing, hiking and camping. Because this state has 200 miles of shoreline most visitors and locals enjoy water-oriented sports. Many people come to the region to enjoy the plethora of golf courses in the resort areas.

Climate - South Carolina has a mild climate that remains warm throughout the year. Humidity is a major factor in the summer months as the temperatures rise to 95 degrees F. July is the hottest time of the year, during which Columbia has an average high temperature of 92 degrees. The coastal and mountain towns average slightly lower temperatures. During the winter months temperatures dip into the 40s, but rarely remain there for long. Average January temperatures throughout the state range from 50 to 60 degrees F. Snow rarely falls, and if it does it doesn't remain for long. Most of the precipitation comes to the region during July in summer thundershowers.

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Filed By: carmen driggers (vance, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: june 1,2010 im a 51 yr old woman who went camping at santee state park, to celebrate my 1 year leaving my old man , and within 30 mins of me being there 6 deer were on my camp site eating chips with me, thats something to call home about, teresa sc

Filed By: Monica Wimbley (Walterboro, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I took my first solo bike trip to Manchester State Forest (SC). I made the mistake of staging up at the wrong area and rode 30 minutes through manchester forest. After finding the correct staging area, I hit the trail at a fast pace and to my delight it was a single fast track which helped me hone my MTB skills. I ran into a tree and slipped down a hill, but I had a wonderful time. For the ladies who are reluctant to ride alone, I am 43 years old, female and was so glad that I did not invite one of my friends to join me this trip, because they would have been overwhelmed. Ride and have fun.

Filed By: Nancy C. (Conway, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Went to Brick House Campground at Sumter National Forest near Newberry, SC. The campground was very primitive, but the scenery was great. Lots of trails, but they're designed for horses, not really walking. There's a map of the trails at the sign at the entrance to the campground. DON'T believe the map!!! It's for a different campground!! We went on the blue trail (shows that it's about 3.5 miles on the map). It turned out to be 27.7 miles and we walked most of it in one afternoon before finding a car to flag down and drive us back to the campground - we were TOTALLY lost and it was getting late! Finally got back and were too worn out to do anything else the entire weekend!!

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South Carolina Department of Parks and Tourism, 1205 Pendleton Street, suite 248 , Columbia, SC, 29201, Phone: 803-734-0122

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