Park to host First Day Hike

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from S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
COLUMBIA – Most state parks in South Carolina will offer ranger-guided hikes, walks and special events Monday, Jan. 1, to get the new year started on the right foot.
The First Day Hikes are mostly 1- to 3-mile easy walks along beaches, marshes and lakes, in forests or on historic trails, to help visitors learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of South Carolina and to get in some holiday exercise.
At Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster County, the hike will begin at 2 p.m. at the boat dock. Ranger Robert Burris will lead a 1-mile hike on the Garden of the Waxhaws trail.
Two parks will host longer hikes, but the treks still will be moderately easy. They are Caesars Head (5 miles along Raven Cliff Falls Trail) and Cheraw (4.5 miles along Turkey Oak Trail) state parks.
A few parks will offer 5K runs (Charles Towne Landing and Devils Fork state parks); while others will offer “plunges” or quick, exhilarating dips into water.  Plunges are scheduled at Aiken (New Year Plunge) Devils Fork (Loon Lunge) Hunting Island (Pelican Plunge) Paris Mountain (Paris Plunge) and Sadlers Creek (Deer Dip).
“These events have be-come very popular in our parks,” said Duane Parrish, director of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. “Visitors are using this time to recharge and restart, and to enjoy some of the most scenic settings in South Carolina.”
Park visitors who participate in First Day Hikes are encouraged to share their experiences through comments and photo posts on social media with the hashtags #FirstDayHikes and #SCStateParks.
The First Day Hikes are part of a national movement by the America’s State Parks program to get more people out into the great outdoors on New Year’s Day and to rediscover the beauty and significance of their natural heritage.
For a complete list of parks hosting hikes and events, visit www.SouthCarolinaParks.com.
For more information, contact Dawn Dawson-House at ddawson@scprt.com or (803) 734-1779.