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Our visit to Congaree National Park was the highlight of our entire vacation. It was the most relaxing afternoon wandering along a boardwalk they have constructed in the heart of the forest.

The forest consists primarily of CypressTrees and Loblolly Pine. This forest is in a floodplain so the entire root system is hidden below the water line. The reflection in the water creates the illusion that the trees go on forever in both directions - it’s really an incredible site.

I, of course, dressed Logan up in a mini Park Ranger explorer outfit and the best part was that at the visitor center they gave him a Junior Park Ranger pin!!

I have this park listed as “well worth the visit" and it really is. It hits on a lot of the things we look for in a park - Friendly Park Rangers, not over crowded, walking paths with information along the way, child/stroller friendly, wildlife sightings and beautiful scenery that it unique to the area.

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Fort Sumter National Monument was one on the top of my list of parks to hit up on our trip to the Carolina’s. I love parks that incorporate other activities into the outing - for instance you need to take a ferry to get to the Fort as it is located on in island in the Charleston Harbor.

As with a lot of National Parks this site is preserved for the history lesson it tells it’s visitors. Fort Sumter was a highly contended fort during the Civil War and eventually fell to the Confederates.

It was a picture perfect day for touring this site - most of the highlights came from the ferry ride though and not the Fort itself. The views of Charleston, the marine life we saw, and the Park Ranger led narration of the history of the park were my favorite parts of our visit.

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Over the last few months we have had to chance to visit 4 new parks (YAY!) and I have been itching to post about them here on the blog. This morning I finally got around to organizing my thoughts and all the photos from the parks to share with you. 

Back in May we took a trip down to South Carolina and took the opportunity to see what the Park Service had to offer us! We were able to visit 3 of the 6 parks located in this state.

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First up was a visit to Charles Pinckey National Historic Site in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Charles Pinckey was heavily involved in the development of the Constitution and was a signer of this important historical document.

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This National Park is housed on a small portion of Snee Farm that is left from when Charles Pinckney family lived in this area of South Carolina. There is small museum and introductory video at the visitor center but the highlight of the park is the beautiful grounds. 

It poured rain for most of our short time at the site but we still managed to take a quick walk outside and enjoy the plantation.

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The story behind this man and his property did not resonate with me as much as I wanted it to but it was still an enjoyable adventure for a rainy afternoon.

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