The rare Oconee Bell blooms from mid-March to early April at the park. Colonies of the Oconee Bells blooming in their entire splendor can be seen along the Oconee Bell Trail. The Oconee Bell is a rare flower of the southern Appalachians found only in a few locations in the mountains of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia in moist woods along streams.
Tour de Turtles- Travel to three, and maybe more, of our South Carolina State Parks to learn about and hopefully observe three to four different species of sea turtles in the wild! Spot a leatherback or Kemp’s ridley from the fishing pier at Myrtle Beach, walk to the jetty at Huntington Beach and observe immature greens, see a nesting loggerhead at Edisto Beach, and attend a sea turtle nest inventory at any of our four coastal parks! Capacity for this special program is filled for 2023 but check back for this opportunity in 2024!
Featuring over 100 of the finest artisans, the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival provides aesthetic beauty against a background of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art, quality crafts and local food, along with the musical offerings of several of the area’s finest musicians.
Never camped before? Want to learn how from experts? Apply today to join us at Sesquicentennial State Park for the 14th Annual Palmetto Campout! If selected, you will be one of the lucky families to join us for an overnight campout in the park's campground and learn all the basics of camping from fire building to camp cooking and more to make your first camping experience a fantastic and fun one! Unplug, reconnect with family and learn a new hobby all at the same time! To apply, please complete the online application and submit by September 24, 2023. Overnight spaces are limited and families will be notified if their application has been accepted.
**Please note there may be other events that are listed later. Check our Programs & Events page, or contact the park you are interested in, directly.
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