Start 2022 off on the right foot – hike in SC State Parks on Jan. 1

December 16, 2021

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Columbia, S.C. – Kick off the new year with fresh air and family-friendly fun on a First Day Hike in South Carolina State Parks. More than 40 ranger-led hikes are scheduled across the state, with most parks offering half-mile to 3-mile guided adventures for all ages and skill levels.

“Whether you’re an Ultimate Outsider with all 47 state parks under your belt, or if you’ve never set foot in a state park, plan to spend more time enjoying fresh air, open skies and some of the most beautiful landscapes in South Carolina in 2022,” said state parks director, Paul McCormack. “South Carolina State Parks offer an adventure for everyone. After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a First Day Hike is a chance to unplug, de-stress, recharge, and maybe even learn something new while enjoying the natural beauty of the Palmetto State.”

For the park enthusiasts who want to visit as many parks as they can on January 1, you can squeeze in four hikes by following the First Day Dash schedule:  

Other First Day Hikes include a wildflower walk at Oconee Station State Historic Site, stepping into Revolutionary War history on a walk at the Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, or hunting for fossils and shells during low tide at Edisto Beach State Park. Find the full schedule of First Day Hikes here.

Guided First Day Hikes are included with park admission and are a New Year’s Day tradition in state parks all over the country. All participating hikers will receive an official First Day Hike sticker.

First Day Hikes will also jumpstart a new initiative in South Carolina State Parks. Beginning January 1, use #StepsInSCStateParks to share your walking, hiking or other active adventures any time you’re visiting a park. The year-long promotion aims to encourage more visitors to get moving in South Carolina State Parks.

Other events happening at parks around the state on January 1 include a First Day 5K at Charles Towne Landing. If you want to start your new year off with a splash and support a good cause, participate in the Pelican Plunge at Hunting Island or the Paris Plunge at Paris Mountain. Pre-registration is required for the 5K and plunges.

If members of the media would like to visit a park for a First Day Hike for footage or interviews with a ranger, contact sam@scprt.com.

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Park

Time

Details

Location

Aiken State Park

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Jungle Trail - 1.5 miles

Windsor

Andrew Jackson State Park

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Garden of Waxhaws Trail - 1 mile

Lancaster

Barnwell State Park

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Dogwood Trail - 1.5 miles

Blackville

Battle of Musgrove Mill SHS

9 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Battlefield Trail - 1.5 miles. Ages +12. Registration required.

Clinton

Battle of Musgrove Mill SHS

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Horseshoe Falls - 0.25 mile. ADA Accessible Trail. Registration required.

Clinton

Battle of Musgrove Mill SHS

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

British Encampment Trail - 1 mile. Registration required.

Clinton

Caesars Head State Park

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Silver Steps Trail - 4.6 miles. Ages +12. Registration required.

Cleveland

Calhoun Falls State Park

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cedar Bluff Nature Trail - 1.75 miles

Calhoun Falls

Cheraw State Park

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Turkey Oak Trail - 2 miles

Cheraw

Chester State Park

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Caney Fork Falls Trail - 2.5 miles

Chester

Colonial Dorchester State Park

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Walking path - 0.5 mile

Summerville

Croft State Park

11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Nature Trail - 1.5 miles

Spartanburg

Dreher Island State Park

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Little Gap Trail - 2.1 miles

Prosperity

Edisto Beach State Park

11 a.m. - 1p.m.

Walk to the Inlet - 3 miles

Edisto Island

Givhans Ferry State Park

10 a.m.- 11a.m.

River Bluff Trail - 1.5 miles

Ridgeville

Goodale State Park

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Nature Trail - 1.7 miles

Camden

Hamilton Branch State Park

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Paleo Trail - 1.5 miles

Plum Branch

Hampton Plantation SHS

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

History Trail - 0.5 mile

McClellanville

Hickory Knob State Resort Park

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Beaver Run Trail - 2.5 miles

McCormick

Hunting Island State Park

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Nature Center Scenic Trail and Little Hunting Island - 1 mile

Hunting Island

Huntington Beach State Park

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail - 3 miles

Murrells Inlet

Keowee-Toxaway State Park

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Natural Bridge Trail - 1.3 miles

Sunset

Kings Mountain State Park

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

NRT and Ridgeline Trail – 5.6 miles. Ages +10

Blacksburg

Lake Hartwell State Park

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Nature Trail - 1 miles

Fair Play

Lake Warren State Park

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Interpretive Trail - 1.25 miles

Hampton

Lake Wateree State Park

9 a.m. - 11:15a.m.

Desportes Trail - 2.3 miles

Winnsboro

Landsford Canal State Park

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Nature Trail - 1.5 miles

Catawba

Lee State Park

10 a.m. - 11a.m.

Floodplain Trail - 1 mile

Bishopville

Myrtle Beach State Park

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sculptured Oak – 1 mile. Designed for adults

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach State Park

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Sculptured Oak - 0.5 mile

Myrtle Beach

Oconee Station State Historic Site

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Station Cove Falls Trail - 3 miles

Walhalla

Paris Mountain State Park

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Lake Placid Trail - 1 mile

Greenville

Poinsett State Park

10 a.m. - 11a.m.

Coquina Trail - 1.4 miles

Wedgefield

Redcliffe Plantation SHS

3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Redcliffe Trail – 2 miles. Optional rooftop visit and discussion is $5 and requires a reservation

Beech Island

Rivers Bridge SHS

11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Battlefield Trail - 0.8 mile

Ehrhardt

Rose Hill Plantation SHS

10 a.m. - 11a.m.

Tyger River Trail - 1.5 miles

Union

Rose Hill Plantation SHS

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Nature Loop - 0.5 mile

Union

Sadlers Creek State Park

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Nature Trail and portion of multi-use trail - 3 miles. Ages +5

Anderson

Santee State Park

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Bike Trail - White Loop - 3 miles

Santee

Santee State Park

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Limestone Nature Trail - 1 mile

Santee

Sesquicentennial State Park

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sandhills Hiking Trail - 2 miles

Columbia

Table Rock State Park

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Lakeside Trail - 1.9 miles

Pickens

Woods Bay State Park

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Mill Pond Trail - 1 mile

Olanta

Need more information?   Sam Queen
Director of Corporate Communications
SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
1205 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Sam@scprt.com | 803-734-1779
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