Caesars Head State Park
A network of hiking trails connect Caesars Head and Jones Gap State Parks, together creating the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. Autumn may be the best time to visit, with blazing, colorful woodlands and migrating hawks, falcons and eagles soaring high above. A popular 2-mile hike leads to Raven Cliff Falls’s 420-foot mountain cascade. Find Discount Hotels near Caesars Head State Park.
Congaree National Park
A plant and animal sanctuary, Congaree preserves the largest old-growth floodplain forest in North America. A 50-mile designated paddling trail provides access to Three Rivers Greenway hiking trails. Take a free ranger guided canoe tour on most weekends – make reservations ahead of time! Choose among over 20 miles of backwoods hiking trails, including a 2.4 mile boardwalk, to explore this Globally Important Bird Area. Find Discount Hotels near Congaree National Park.
Cowpens National Battlefield
A Revolutionary War battle boasting a rare double envelopment tactic is commemorated here. A partially paved 1.3 mile Battlefield Trail brings you to historic Green River Road; the 3.8 mile Auto Loop Road offers exhibits, short trails onto the battlefield and early 19th century Robert Scruggs House. A museum contains artifacts and hands-on exhibits for kids. The trailhead for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail is found here. Find Discount Hotels near Cowpens National Battlefield.
An amusement park with over 30 rides, combined with an oceanfront water park, makes Family Kingdom a wonderful way to spend the day. Enjoy the Slingshot Drop Zone, which lets you freefall over a hundred feet, enjoy a panoramic ocean view atop a ferris wheel, speed around a track in a go kart and get splashed on the Log Flume; fourteen rides are kiddie-sized. Float along a lazy river with waterfalls, thrill to speedy slides and dare to experience a flume’s 100 foot drop. Find Discount Hotels near Family Kingdom.
Fort Sumter National Monument
Preserving the site of the 1861 genesis of the Civil War, visitors now enjoy watching harbor traffic on Cooper River and Charleston Harbor, in a now peaceful setting. Museum exhibits describe the construction of the fort and the part it played in the war. The history of Fort Moultrie can also be explored while visiting nearby Sullivan’s Island, reached by ferry. Find Discount Hotels near Fort Sumter National Monument.
Huntington Beach State Park
Get away from the Myrtle Beach crowds at this park, three miles of Grand Strand beach. March through November, visitors can take educator-led tours to see alligators and marshes along nature trails, and historic Atalaya, a Moorish-style mansion and Brookgreen Gardens. A juried Arts and Crafts Festival is held here in September. Look for interesting programs at the Environmental Education Center. Find Discount Hotels near Huntington Beach State Park.