South Carolina, a favorite vacation state, is known for its beaches, historic cities, wetlands, sea islands, historic sites, scenic lakes, mountains, and hiking trails. Shaped like a triangle, the land rises from the Atlantic shore across the midlands to the Appalachian mountains creating a unique and diverse environment. This colorful guidebook offers a complete recreation guide to the opportunities available in South Carolina’s parks for visitors and travelers, families, campers, hikers, nature lovers, history buffs, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Best-selling authors J.L. and Lin Stepp so enjoyed visiting all the state parks in their home state of Tennessee to write their award-winning book Discovering Tennessee State Parks, that they decided to spread their wings and also visit all the parks in South Carolina, too. The result is Exploring South Carolina State Parks, a guidebook providing detailed descriptions of each of the state’s forty-seven state parks along with descriptions of South Carolina’s seven national parks and historic sites. In a format similar to their Tennessee parks guide and their best-selling Smoky Mountain hiking guide, The Afternoon Hiker, the Stepps provide clear directions to get to every park, suggestions for interesting things to do and see while visiting or camping in each park, tips and local insights about the area, and over 700 color illustrations to showcase the beauty of every park visited. The book is divided into four South Carolina regions, the Lowcountry, Pee Dee, Midlands, and Upstate. Each regional section has its own index and at the end of the book is an alphabetical index to help readers easily locate any park of interest. Based on the authors’ own explorations and travels throughout the state, this guide offers a detailed personal account of the diverse and picturesque parks in this state, rich with history and beauty. So pack your bags and get ready for some fun looking through this guide and planning your upcoming trip to The Palmetto State.
Local Interest/ Hiking