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Hiking in South Carolina
Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park in the fall. 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, suitable for backpacking, and mountain biking central South Carolina, the Grand Strand, a wonderful place to fish, and the southern coast, where there are a wonderful collection of state parks. 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. In the central South Carolina region is the ACE Basin (an acronym for Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto rivers) is an immense 350,000-acre area of undeveloped estuaries and wetlands. As one might guess, the basin also makes an excellent habitat for waterfowl of all kinds (pintail mallard, wood duck, heron, ibis, and wood stork) in addition to alligators, bald eagles, and white-tailed deer. From the trailhead, you will pass between two duckweed-clogged ponds to a lovely canal.

Located in the Francis Marion NF and culminating along a high bluff of the Santee River, the Battery Warren Trail traverses mixed hardwood-pine forests dotted with dogwoods and leads visitors on a trip back in time to the era of the Civil War. The trail highlights the Battery Warren, a Civil War earthen fort meant to blockade Union forces from moving up the Santee River. The area is rich with civil war era battlefields and monuments. If you keep your eyes open you may find rusted remnants to an older age. While in the Sumter NF there is a lovely trail called Big Bend. This moderate out and back, 2.7-mile trail affords views of the biggest drop on the Chattooga River, a rumbling, 30-foot hydraulic known as Big Bend Falls. Even though this is a mountainous locale, you will find the travelling on this trail is fairly straightforward. Red blazes guide you through a predominantly hardwood forest of hemlocks, white oaks, mountain laurel, and galax. Close by is the Cherry Hill Campground.

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.

Lakes and Reservoirs Wildlife Refuges National Forests and Parks
Dreher Island
Hartwell
J. Strom Thurmond
Keowee-Toxaway
Greenwood
Warren
Wateree
Russell
Santee
ACE Basin
Cape Romain
Pinckney Island
Sandhills
Santee
Savannah
Waccamaw
Charles Pinckney Historic Site
Congaree Swamp Monument
Cowpens Battlefield
Fort Sumter Monument
Francis Marion NF
Ninety Six Historic Site
Sumter NF

State Parks
Aiken
Andrew Jackson
Baker Creek
Barnwell
Caesars Head
Calhoun Falls
Charles Towne Landing
Cheraw
Chester
Colleton
Croft
Devils Fork
Dreher Island
Edisto Beach
Givhans Ferry
Goodale
Hamilton Branch
Hampton Plantation Historic Site
Harbison State Forest
Hickory Knob Resort Park
Hunting Island
Huntington Beach
Jones Gap
Keowee-Toxaway
Kings Mountain
Lake Greenwood
Lake Hartwell
Lake Warren
Lake Wateree
Landsford Canal
Lee
Little Pee Dee
Lynches River
Manchester Forest
Myrtle Beach
Oconee
Oconee Station Historic Site
Old Dorchester Historic Site
Paris Mountain
Poinsett
Redcliffe Historic Site
Rivers Bridge
Rose Hill Plantation Historic Site
Sadlers Creek
Sand Hills Forest
Santee
Sergeant Jasper
Sesquicentennial
Table Rock
Woods Bay

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