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Start the new year with a First Day Hike at AJSP

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from Andrew Jackson State Park
Andrew Jackson State Park  is one of more than 30 state parks in South Carolina that will offer ranger-guided hikes, walks and special events Tuesday, Jan. 1, to help launch the new year (and to get resolutions off to a good start).
Start your new year out on the right foot by hitting the Garden of the Waxhaws Trail. This one-mile trail loops the park’s 18-acre lake.
The Andrew Jackson State Park hike begins at 2 p.m. at the fishing pier.
Hikers will cross the grassy dam, then wind along a dirt path through a mixed pine and hardwood forest. They’ll walk over a boardwalk where the headwaters of the lake flow. If they’re lucky, they may see waterfowl and other wildlife.
Park staff and volunteers will guide the hike and share information about the park’s natural and cultural resources.
“It’s a wonderful way to start 2019, so come out and play,” said Laura Ledford, AJSP interpreter.
Dress appropriately for the weather. It may be beneficial to bring water, binoculars, insect repellent, hiking shoes and a camera.
The hike is free with park admission: $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; ages 15 and under get in free.
The park is nine miles north of Lancaster on U.S. 521 at 196 Andrew Jackson Park Road.
For details, call the park at (803) 285-3344.
Other First Day Hikes
The First Day Hikes are mostly walks along beaches 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.
A few parks also will offer special events, such as 5K runs at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site in Charleston and Devils Fork State Park in Salem; a horse ride at Lee State Park; and a cold “plunge” into Lake Jocassee at Devils Fork.
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. Each participant will receive an official 2019 “I Hiked It!” sticker and one lucky winner from each event will get a park passport.
For a complete list of parks hosting hikes and events, visit southcarolinaparks.com/programs-and-events.
Additional information about state parks can be found at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com.
The Park Service’s 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 more state park information, contact Dawn Dawson-House at ddawson@scprt.com or (803) 734-1779.