10 Miles to Halloween

For our finally day in South Carolina, we decided to try another hike in Congaree National Park.  After driving a hour from Poinsett to Congaree, we started along the River trail.  This 10.4 mile hike begins on the boardwalk and slowly weaves along a path deeper into the forest, then along a river.  This trail is relatively flat with a few dead trees to climb over.  The highlights of the trek were walking along the river’s sandbar looking for unique pieces of driftwood, spotting a family of wild boar in the woods and barely avoiding a little green snake in our path.

For Halloween evening, we enjoyed one last campfire and a few tasty s’mores.  Sadly, the campground wasn’t host to any trick or treaters.

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Our Campfire
Our Campfire

Congaree National Park Hiking & More

On Tuesday, we headed an hour west to Congaree National Park.  This small national park was a great combination of wetland and canopy trees.  Congaree’s trees have grown to a massive 130ft.  In 1983, it was designated an International Biosphere Reserve and in 2001, it was recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area.  This park, hidden in central South Carolina, houses some good trails and rivers.  Above all, we were highly impressed with the fact that Ame-chan was allowed on the trails with us.

We started with the Boardwalk trail and continued on to the Weston Lake trail.  While we didn’t see much wildlife, other than a large amount of unusual spiders and one frightening snake, we enjoyed the hike.  One thing we both agreed on was that we preferred the trail in the late fall and winter, not during mosquito season in spring and summer.  All the wetlands are a huge breeding ground for killer swarms of mosquitoes.

Back at the campground for the evening, we settled into a relaxing night of a campfire, wine and tasty s’mores.

Today, we were feeling a little sluggish in the morning, maybe continuing sugar crash from the previous night’s s’mores.  Since we started our adventure a little later than normal, we decided to try our luck at another Poinsett State Park trail.  We walked over to the ranger’s station and followed the 1.5 mile loop around Old Levi Mill Lake.  I have to admit to trail was a good choice.  It wound around the lake, so we could see the water from many different vantage points.  It was absolutely beautiful with the leaves changing and the call of the birds from tall trees above.

Looking forward to seeing what great hike awaits us tomorrow.

Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park

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Poinsett State Park

Yesterday the Hatfield clan, including Andrew, Ame and I, drove from Florida to South Carolina.  We planned to arrive in the afternoon and spend the next five day visiting Congaree National Park and central South Carolina area.  We arranged to stay at the campground in Poinsett State Park, which is across from Marshall National Forest.

We arrived in the later afternoon and settle into our campsite.  We were happy to see our spot was set under several tall trees with changing leaves and hanging spanish moss.  It set the beautiful scenery with the perfect amount of light peaking through the trees.

This morning, we were feeling motivated to take a peak at what nature had to offer us here in Central South Carolina.  We went for a hike along the Scout trail in Poinsett.  The trail was well defined and easy to walk.  Ame enjoyed chasing the the squirrels over and under the trees, while Andrew and I laughed about getting caught in cobwebs and collecting large pine cones.  The stroll was quite enjoyable with the trees beginning to change colors and the animals scurrying about the trails.

Our afternoon was spent relaxing and enjoying a game of soccer with Ame in the empty field across from our campsite.

This is a great start to our mini-adventure.

Ame vs turtle
Ame vs turtle
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park

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Poinsett State Park
Poinsett State Park