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 the state. Lakes formed by damming the Savannah, Richard B.Russell Lake and J. Strom Thurmond Lake, are popular places to fish.
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 that are, so wound in southern history, are located in this region. Natural areas include Carolina National Wildlife Refuge, Manchester Forest, Congaree Swamp Monument and Aiken.
In the Francis Marion NF located along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), Buck Hall Recreation Area is found on the site of the old Buck Hall Plantation. Nearly 300 yards of sea wall along the AIWW provide visitors with cool breezes and spectacular views of the AIWW and the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.The Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers join and flow into the Intracoastal 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 Wildlife Refuge and Hunting Island State Park provide excellent opportunities for visitors to enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the coastal plain. In the Sumter National Forest a day area was designed to accommodate the fishing enthusiast with an earthen pier, a pedestrian bridge, and a boat ramp for non-motorized boats. The lake is managed to enhance catfish, bream, and bass populations.
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. South Carolina Lakes & Reservoirs are extremely popular with the natives. Many people come to the region to enjoy the plethora of golf courses in the resort areas as well. For a view of the longest and more spectacular free-flowing mountain rivers in the Southeast you'll need to travel to Sumter National Forest to visit Chattooga Wild and Scenic River. The river is also known for its excellent trout catching opportunities.
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 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.