Holiday Traditions

Message From The Director

How did November get here so fast?

One of the great things about living in South Carolina is every season is a great season to be outside. Even during the winter! Remember, nature never sleeps, and her beauty is not limited by the temperature or season. I know this time of year you’re thinking of the holidays, and so am I. This year, in between the shopping and the holiday meals, make a visit to a state park. For many, it’s a holiday tradition.

For generations, families have been going to Edisto, Santee and Oconee state parks to camp or stay in the cabins. Many of our campgrounds are full of holiday campers frying turkeys and roasting marshmallows. A walk in the part after Thanksgiving dinner is great for those looking to avoid an afternoon nap, and camping under the winter sky by a campfire is a must. For some reason, when it’s cold, the sky seems a little darker and the stars a little brighter. Making a visit to a state park part of your holiday could become a new holiday tradition.

Still looking for things to do this holiday season? Try bird watching. This time of year is perfect for birding because many of the trees have lost their leaves, making it easy to spot birds. Look for the migrating, winter birds, including pied-billed grebes, cedar waxwings and dark-eyed juncos. They all can be seen throughout the state in small flocks.

This holiday season, tell us about some of your holiday park traditions and happenings. Send us an email or post it on our Facebook wall. Your idea may inspire others to start their own traditions. As the holidays arrive, there is much to be thankful for. Family, friends and a beautiful state filled with opportunities to explore. This year, celebrate in one of your state parks. Great memories and perhaps a new holiday tradition await you!

See you in the parks!