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A Message from the Director – Thankful Indeed
From the printing of the new state parks guide to interactions with enthusiastic park visitors, Phil gives thanks and reflects on memories and happenings from the past year in parks. Read more about what Phil is thankful for.

Park Service Profile – Park Ranger, Woody Goodwin
Not every ranger is lucky enough to work in both the mountains and the coast during the course of his or her career. Senior Ranger Woody Goodwin, a 17 year veteran of the park service, talks about his time spent across the state during his career. Learn more.

Purchase Your Park Passport and Guide
‘Tis the season to become an Outsider! The holidays are the perfect time to embark on your own Ultimate Outsider adventure. Pick up a copy of the Official Guide to South Carolina State Parks for $2 at any park to learn more about the new program, or purchase a guide and passport online.

Santa on the Beach
Even Santa needs a vacation from time to time. Find him relaxing at Myrtle Beach State Park on Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and bring your friends, family and pets to pose for a photo op. Bring your own camera and stick around for additional holiday activities.

Christmas at Rose Hill
Learn more about Civil War-era Christmases during two tours of the former home of South Carolina Governor William Henry Gist. Tours will be offered from 1p.m. until 4p.m. on Dec. 7-8. Click here for more information.

State Park Gift Card
Need a stocking stuffer or gift for the outdoors lover in your life? Purchase a state park gift card. Cards are good towards camping and cabin reservations at our state parks.

Chester Disc Golf Course
The state park system’s first ever disc golf course was unveiled this month at Chester State Park. Try out the 27-hole, tournament grade course for free with park admission. Course is friendly to beginners and more seasoned players. Learn more.

Santa's coming to Hickory Knob
Enjoy a very Hickory Knob Christmas at the park on Friday, Dec. 13 through Saturday, Dec. 14. $79.99 includes an overnight stay with breakfast and several activities, including a visit with Santa. Click here for more information.
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