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Breathtaking SC State Parks You Totally Need To Visit

Chris Laskowski6/20/2016  |  Categories: Nature
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Summer has officially arrived...which means it’s the perfect time to start planning your fill of day trips. South Carolina residents are mere hours away from numerous state parks, mind-blowing views of nature and lots of family fun. Here are a few state parks every SC homeowner should visit: 

Table Rock State Park
Bask in the glory of Pinnacle Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, located in Pickens County. Table Rock State Park’s scenic preserve puts you in the middle of breathtaking nature. You can also participate in select dates of “Music on the Mountain,” a unique ‘bluegrass jam’ that combines traditional music with the great outdoors.

Myrtle Beach State Park
If an oceanside state park is more your scene, visit South Carolina’s popular destination of Myrtle Beach. While this tourist-centric area is chalked full of souvenir shops, restaurants and theme parks, the state park is a break from the hustle and bustle. The maritime atmosphere is perfect for summer and offers visitors a peaceful place to fish, camp and experience unbeatable views.

Devil’s Fork State Park
This hotspot is popular for a reason. Packed with stunning waterfalls, a gorge and the rapturous Lake Jocassee, Devil’s Fork is the perfect destination for catching some gorgeous views. Make it a day-trip or set up camp and see if you can spot the endangered Oconee bell wildflower. 

Caesars Head State Park
Embark on a journey through the wilderness at Caesers Head State Park. Views of mountains, 11,000 acres of forest and the towering Raven Cliff Falls make this summer stop a worthwhile one. Adventurers can hike the Raven Cliff Falls hiking trail for some serious sightseeing. 

Our list is only the beginning. To view a full list of Lake Carolina State Parks, click here. To learn more about making South Carolina your home, explore our new homes in Columbia, SC

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5 Reasons To Visit The Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens

Chris Laskowski4/12/2016  |  Categories: Columbia; Nature
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Wildlife flourishes and thrives just 30 minutes from Lake Carolina’s 1850-acre development. Situated on 500 Wildlife Parkway, the award-winning Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens remains one of Columbia’s most popular family destinations. Check out five reasons to visit this awesome, educational and environmentally-friendly hotspot. It’s the perfect place for residents old and new to gather family and friends.
1. It’s a great way to experience the beauty of nature. Beauty is always in bloom at the renowned Riverbanks botanical garden. Enjoy exotic wildlife and nature as you stroll amongst an Asian garden, an old rose garden, a woodland walk and numerous other gorgeous trails. Riverbanks sums it up best; it’s “70 acres of unparalleled beauty.”
2. There’s plenty of fun activities for kids. Kids can explore the wondrous, newly opened Waterfall Junction! This three-acre experience offers an interactive children’s garden, splash park, dino dig, super cool tree houses and more! In addition to visiting the Riverbanks residents at the zoo, kids can try their hand at feeding the animals (giraffes, lorikeets and koalas) and can hitch a train ride, pony ride or “endangered species carousel” ride. Educational day camps are also available. That’s only the beginning of the fun!
3. It’s more than a zoo. Whether you’re strolling through the botanical gardens, braving the zoo’s adventure tours or ziplining through the Riverbank’s scenic property, this place can entertain guests of any age. Ziplining, one of the most thrilling experiences the organization has to offer, allows daredevils to choose from gliding above the river, overlooking beautiful sights atop a canopy or taking on the luminous “moonlight zip” at nighttime!
4. They host tons of awesome seasonal events. Little ones can get into the spooky spirit with the annual “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween event, while an older crowd can indulge in “Brew at the Zoo” or wine tasting! Holiday happenings and seasonal social events are abundant at Riverbanks. Check out the upcoming Mother’s Day Brunch, complete with a scenic dining experience and a delicious menu.

5. The organization is committed to the 'conservation and care' of wildlife. This zoo isn’t just committed to caring for their animals, they’re dedicated to protecting our earth and all its natural inhabitants. With animal enrichment programs in place, conservation initiatives, a drive to ‘go green’ and a promise to support endangered species, Riverbanks is a leading organization for good practices. How awesome is this? ----- Love what Columbia has to offer? Make it your permanent city by exploring Lake Carolina’s beautiful, affordable new homes. This award-winning master-planned community offers numerous social events, lots of community amenities and impeccable new home construction.

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