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Nearby natural, historic treasures beckon

The April 15 Wellness Wednesday, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital lobby, will feature information on state parks.

Green forested mountains and towering waterfalls; black water rivers and scenic inland lakes; white sandy beaches and ancient shores; and nationally recognized historic sites and cultural treasures— all can be enjoyed in South Carolina.
With more than 80,000 acres of protected lands, South Carolina state parks protect the state’s natural, cultural and recreational destinations.
Throughout 2009, South Carolina is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its state park system by offering discounted annual park passes. The pass 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 for $40.
Discount passes also can be obtained at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, 1500 Old Towne Road, West Ashley. Call 852-4200 or visit

Six state parks within the area

  • Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site—Founded in 1670, it is the first permanent European settlement in the Carolinas.
  • Colleton State Park—Located along the Edisto River, it is 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— This park allows visitors to float down the 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 (circa 1750)

A park representative will be offering these discounted passports at the Health 1st Wellness Wednesday table in the Children’s Hospital Lobby on April 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MUSC identification is required to obtain the discounted pass.

Friday, April 10, 2009

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