SC REVOLUTIONARY RIVERS PADDLING TRAIL DESIGNATED AS A NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL
The newly developed SC Revolutionary Rivers Paddling Trail has officially been designated as a National Recreation Trail (NRT) by the National Recreation Trail Program, a program working to preserve and celebrate our nation’s pathways. The South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers, created by the Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) with the help of a grant provided by Duke Energy to SC Great Outdoors, is a paddling trail that follows scenic Lynches River from Lynches River County Park to the cypress and tupelo laden stomping grounds of Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion.
The 60-mile trail offers paddlers a unique experience of floating through swampland that was once traversed by Patriots engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Loyalists. The trail also features a series of short excursions and overnight rustic camping opportunities. “The SC Revolutionary Rivers program has drawn attention of paddlers and Revolutionary War buffs, building a connection between nature and history,” notes Florence CVB Director, Holly Beaumier. “I’m excited that the paddling tour operators have also embraced this idea and have added historical information to their guided tours.” New designations of National Recreation Trails are announced each year.
The South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers Paddling Trail is one of 21 new National Recreation Trails, and was the only trail designated as a NRT in the state for 2014. Now a designated NRT, the South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers Paddling Trail will receive an array of benefits from the National Recreation Trail Program, including promotional, technical assistance, networking, and access to funding. For more information on the National Recreation Trail program, visitwww.americantrails.org/ee/index.php/nationalrecreationtrails. To view a map of the SC Revolutionary Rivers paddling trail or to see a list of outfitters who can provide guided tours, please visit www.visitflo.com/screvrivers or contact the Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau at 843-664-0330.