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Revolutionary Rivers Trail earns national designation

on Wednesday, 06 July 2022. Posted in Local News

As a designated National Recreation Trail, the National Recreation Trails Program will assist Lynches River with promotions, technical assistance, and networking. NRTP is co-sponsored by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and American Tra

   The 60-mile trail in Florence County carries paddlers into the cypress and tupelo-laden swampland Francis Marion used as a hideout while fighting the British during the American Revolution.

         Last month the 60-mile South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers Trail on Lynches River became a National Water Trail in an effort spearheaded by the Friends of Revolutionary Rivers.

       The official announcement was made on June 4, National Trails Day. Nine recreation trails in seven states, were added to the National Trails System. The newly designated trails joined a network of more than 1,300 existing national recreation trails, which can be found in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Among the dedications was the Lynches River Trail.

    “The National Trails System, which includes national scenic, historic and recreation trails, offers an abundance of opportunities to experience the breathtaking landscapes of our country, all while supporting outdoor recreation activities and boosting local economies,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “These new trails will help expand community connections to green spaces where children can play, families can connect, and a love and appreciation for the outdoors can be nurtured.”

        The 60-mile South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers Trail in Florence County carries paddlers into the cypress and tupelo laden swampland that Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion used as a hideout when fighting the British. In addition to rich history, the trail provides visitors access to the area’s terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

        As a designated National Recreation Trail, the NRTP will assist Lynches River with promotions, technical assistance, and networking. NRTP is co-sponsored by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and American Trails, the program’s lead non-profit partner.

Other perks of being a designated national trail include:

    • Inclusion in an online searchable database of trails that includes descriptive information, maps, and pictures

       • Eligibility for the annual NRT Photo Contest sponsored by American Trails that attracts hundreds of entries nationwide

     • Use of NRT logos • Inclusion in email groups, newsletters and other media promoting the trails

• Potential letters of support for fundraising and trail protection efforts

         “This is a big deal,” said Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Holly Beaumier. “As a paddling trail we will be drawing in paddlers and boatmen from across the U.S. We’re on a list, a short list, of 42 trails that have reached this designation.”

        Peter Bonsall of the National Trails Program sent a letter to the Friends of the Revolutionary Rivers commending the efforts to provide “high-quality recreation opportunities for your community.”

        “Your trail is a great addition to the network of trails that make up the National Recreation Trails and National Water Trails,” wrote Bonsall.

           The S.C. Revolutionary Rivers Trail follows the always beautiful Lynches River from Lynches River County Park to the cypress and tupelo populated waters where Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion became the “Swamp Fox” for repeatedly razing British forces and disappearing safely by the river. The river trek, detailed in maps here, is quiet, lush and scenic year-round, also giving paddlers a unique chance to view an impressively diverse catalog of wildlife detailed here.

    The trail also offers a large collection of short excursions and also overnight rustic camping opportunities available through Friends of Revolutionary Rivers. There are also self-guided driving tours to remote Francis Marion Trail sites.

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