As temperatures cool in the fall, many people head for South Carolina state parks for hiking, camping, picnicking, fishing and more.
And there's a new guide to show you what's available where.
It contains info similar to what you'll find online, but in a handy paperback format that's the first printed promotion for state parks in over a decade.
Officials say corporate partners FUJI FILM and BMW helped pick up the tab, so the guide costs only $2, and comes with a $2 pass you can use on your next state park visit – making it essentially free.
Marion Edmonds, with the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, says the new guide is also tied in with the park system's Ultimate Outsider promotion.
“As you go from park to park, you can get it stamped and get a record that you were there and when you've completed all 47, you're going to get a commemorative Ultimate Outsider T-shirt that puts you in a select group that has visited all 47 parks,” Edmonds says.
“And let me tell you, as somebody who took years to get to all 47 parks – and I work for the Park Service – that's quite an ambitious goal. We already, though, in just the very short time that this has been underway, have had some people complete it.”
The new state parks guide is available at retail and visitor centers at state parks and at the Statehouse.
You can also purchase it online.