park representative will sell passes and be available to answer
questions during Wellness Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28 in
the Children’s Hospital lobby.
by Deborah Jennings
Charles Towne Landing
Stunning forested mountains and towering waterfalls. Black water rivers
and scenic inland lakes. White sand beaches and ancient shores.
American historic sites and cultural treasures like these can all be
found in South Carolina and now experienced at a discount.
With more than 80,000 acres of protected lands, South Carolina state
parks protect some of the most inviting natural, cultural, and
recreational destinations in the United States.
Throughout 2008 and 2009, we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of
the best and most diverse state park system in America. In honor of the
anniversary, a discount plan for purchasing annual South Carolina State
Park passes, Passports, will be offered.
The passport entitles the holder and up to 14 guests, traveling in the
same vehicle, to an unlimited number of visits to all 47 of South
Carolina’s state parks.
A passport normally sells for $50, but Charles Towne Landing State
Historic Site is offering the staff of MUSC a 20 percent discounted
rate. MUSC staff may purchase the passports at the reduced rate of $40.
A representative from the park will be available to answer questions
and sell passes at Wellness Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan.
Six state parks are located within the Tri-county area.
- Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site—The first permanent European settlement in the Carolinas founded in 1670.
- Colleton State Park—Located along the Edisto River, one of the longest black water rivers in the country.
- Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site—An
archaeological treasure, this park rests on the site of Dorchester, a
trading town that flourished along the banks of the Ashley River from
1697 through the Revolutionary War.
- Givhans Ferry State Park —The perfect place to float down the serene Edisto River.
- Edisto Beach State Park—A mysterious, 4,000 year-old shell midden alongside a secluded tidal creek.
- Hampton Plantation—A restored Georgian mansion on a former rice plantation (ca. 1750)
In the meantime, if you haven’t visited Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, visit the park online at http://www.charlestownelanding.travel, or 1500 Old Towne Road. For information, call 852-4200.
At South Carolina State parks you’ll find the best boating, mountain
biking, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009