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Golfing South Carolina’s Old 96 District

By Brad King An historic parcel of upstate South Carolina dating back to the Revolutionary War is steadily carving out a modern-day reputation among golf connoisseurs for its eclectic offering of sporty layouts, clubs and communities. South Carolina’s Old 96 District has become renowned for its attractive and affordable golf offerings. Boasting an array of…

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For Nature Lovers, Old 96 District is an Unexpected Wonder

With everyone rushing to get outside and get some fresh air, many of mother nature’s biggest fans may find themselves looking back at their map for something new. Finding a new favorite place is a mix of trial, error, and pure luck. What’s the best hiking trail, easy to reach but not over-crowded? What lake…

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7 Wonderful Ways to Enjoy Hickory Knob State Park and Resort

By Carl Hedinger of Travel Through Life Hickory Knob State Park and Resort sits next to the Georgia border and hugs the shores of Lake Thurmond. It’s known by many as a wonderful golfing destination, thanks to the Tom Jackson-designed course inside the park. And while you could easily spend your entire time on those…

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Lake Greenwood State Park: 7 Places to Play in and Around the Water

Lake Greenwood State Park: 7 Places to Play in and Around the Water By Carl Hedinger of Travel Through Life No matter your plans for an Old 96 District of South Carolina trip, you need to make at least one stop at Lake Greenwood State Park.This 914-acre series of peninsulas is ready and waiting for…

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Old Edgefield Pottery: Legacy & Tradition Crafted by Hand

Old Edgefield Pottery: Legacy & Tradition Crafted by Hand By Michael J. Solender Local clay mixed with Southern history create earthen treasures at this storied pottery.     Slabs of freshly mixed pewter-toned wet clay wait patiently inside Old Edgefield Pottery to achieve their calling atop Justin Guy’s well-worked wheel.  Guy, Master Potter in residence and…

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Sweet Treats of the Old 96 District

Let’s make one thing very clear: I love food. Food does not always love me back, but there’s little I wouldn’t do for something delicious. Sweets and desserts pose their own unique challenges in the kitchen, being as much a science as an art. Because sweets are everywhere and everyone craves them, it’s easy to…

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Abbeville, South Carolina’s #JustRight Travel Package

Abbeville is a small South Carolina town packed with big charm, and colorfully painted buildings blended with historic architecture, one-of-a-kind shopping, restaurants, and bakeries. Wander the streets before settling in for a show at the Abbeville Opera House, explore any of the 6 State Parks within driving range, or take a day trip to Greenwood,…

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Smithsonian Exhibit Comes to McCormick, SC

This summer, a new attraction has moved into Old 96 District- the Smithsonian!  In a cooperation between the McCormick County Chamber of Commerce and South Carolina Humanities, the Smithsonian travelling exhibition Water / Ways made its home for a few weeks in Hickory Knob State Resort Park. It is currently open for visitors from now…

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Why Old 96 District Makes a Fantastic Road Trip

The world is slowly waking up again, and many of us are feeling a little stir-crazy. We want new surroundings, fresh air, somewhere to go and do things. Many people aren’t looking to pile into crowded airports just yet, but a family road trip feels just right. When the time comes and you’re ready to…

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8 Small Businesses You Can Support Online

Just because the doors are closed doesn’t mean the business is! We all want to support each other through difficult times, and choosing small local businesses is a great way to do that. Showing our love through online store fronts keeps the economy moving from the safety and comfort of our homes. Here are 8…

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Take a #VirtualTour of Old 96 District

The wanderlust is starting to kick in. We’re getting tired of seeing the same walls every day, and taking to the internet as a means of virtual armchair escapism. Many destinations like us are sharing virtual tours, insider videos, and other content during this tough time, and we’d like you to hop on board! After…

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Supporting Our Communities During COVID-19

Change these days has been drastic and swift. None of us were truly prepared for COVID-19 and the effect it would have on our local communities, but in the wake of everything there has been a rallying cry for publicly supporting one another. As a local and global community, we’re practicing social distancing out of…

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Abbeville, South Carolina is the Southern-Style Comfort Weekend You Need

By Lori Sorrentino of Travlinmad Isn’t your heart in need of some good feels right about now? Aren’t you just so ready to travel some place warm? Warm with friendly faces, freshwater lakes, comfort food eateries, and a cozy bed to welcome you. That’s Abbeville, South Carolina, for the small town in us all. Site…

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Revolutionary War Hiking Trails

Fall is the perfect time for hiking in South Carolina. And on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast, the cooler weather is not just great for leaf-peeping: we’ve got trails that are steeped in history and heritage as well as natural wonder. Revolutionary War trails at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site. This trail begins on the ADA…

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The ABC’s of the Wild Turkey: Thanksgiving Table Talk

In case you want to dazzle the kinfolk over the dinner table at this year’s Thanksgiving celebration, here’s a heaping helping of turkey trivia-from A to Z! Alaska This is the only state where wild turkeys can’t be found – not because it’s too cold, but because the state doesn’t have a long growing season.…

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Calhoun Falls State Park

Top 5 South Carolina State Park Campsites in the Old 96 District

Warmer temps mean one thing to the outdoor adventurer: perfect camping weather. Of South Carolina’s 47 state parks, the Old 96 District has 6—you’ve got LOTS of options when it comes to pitching that tent. Plus, over 100,000 acres of water = lakeside views aplenty. So read on, because we’ve rounded up the top 5…

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All About SC State Park Ultimate Outsider Challenge

My first “camping” experience was at age fourteen. We set up a tent in my friend’s suburban backyard, spent the night under the clouds and telephone lines, and went back inside whenever we needed to use the restroom or a glass of ice water. Needless to say, my family isn’t very outdoors-y. It wasn’t until…

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Ways to Cool Off in the Old 96 District

Happy July! For many of us it’s a month full of BBQ, family gatherings, and general summer fun. Still, South Carolina isn’t exactly known for its temperate warm season. Many days it’s hot and humid. We’re not letting that stop us! Here are some great ways to beat the heat and cool off in Old…

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The Old 96 District BBQ Trail

If you’ve been to South Carolina before, you know there’s little we love more than good food. When it comes to tasting Southern culture, barbecue packs in a lot. It blends traditional family secrets, regional diversity and fresh innovation, unlike any other cuisine. Barbecue sauce may as well run in our veins (though depending on…

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Self Improvement, Old 96 District-Style

January is a magical time of year! As we enter a new decade, everyone rallies together to improve themselves and support each other in our goals. It’s famously difficult to stick to New Year’s Resolutions, but we hope to offer a little encouragement: slipping up or missing a day doesn’t mean failure, and you can…

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6 Ways to Enjoy Our State Parks

Old 96 District is home to 6 of South Carolina’s State Parks. We’re proud of this for a lot of reasons, and each one has its own distinct experience. When visiting our State Parks for the first time (or even shaking things up on a return visit,) deciding where to start can be a tough…

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Old 96 District’s One-of-a-Kind Shopping Guide

There’s nothing like a perfect gift. The act of giving brings with it a unique joy, and when done right even something very simple can become powerful and deeply meaningful. Most people can remember a gift they received which spoke directly to their sense of taste, their needs, or even their heart. A good gift…

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Ten Best Trails in South Carolina’s Old 96 District

South Carolina’s hiking trails invite us to connect with nature. Many of us seek it out almost instinctively to ease our minds and escape the daily grind of urban life. Hiking, biking, and even walking– the art of simply travelling from one place to another– is one of the most simple and enjoyable ways to…

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Old 96 Golf Courses – Stop Missing Out!

When you don’t know much about golf, it can be hard to know what you’re missing out on. The dictionary defines golf as “a game played on a large open-air course, in which a small hard ball is struck with a club into a series of small holes in the ground, the object being to…

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