Entries by RootsRated

The Best Places to Spot Wildlife on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head is the town that it is today largely due to one man’s vision. Charles Fraser developed Sea Pines Plantation on the island’s south end under strict guidelines that were meant to allow development without sacrificing what made the island beautiful—its sprawling maritime forest, wetlands, and majestic live oaks. Fraser had a keen sense […]

3 of the Best Family-Friendly Hikes on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island has always been a great place to take a family vacation. The island’s beaches are calm and warm, and the quiet nights are great for catching up with loved ones. However, finding family friendly activities beyond time at the beach can be a bit trickier. With the challenge of many different ages […]

An Overnight Canoe Trip Down South Carolina’s Edisto River

Many South Carolinians can tell you about the Edisto River. And most are able to point it out on a map. But very few can claim they’ve paddled any of the 250 mile brackish river that winds across the state, and even fewer can tell you how it feels to sleep in a treehouse on […]

The Fascinating History Behind South Carolina’s Timeless Daufuskie Island

The views from the Harbour Town Lighthouse in Hilton Head—one of the island’s most iconic attractions—are incredible. Sweeping salt marshes, maritime forests, and expanses of dark blue water can be seen for miles, depending which direction you look, and if you look to the southwest, just across Calibogue Sound, you’ll see a small unassuming island […]

Best Rhododendron Hikes in the South: On the Trail of Beautiful Blooms

Every year brings certain milestones to the Carolina hiker’s calendar. The emergence of spider lilies at Landsford Canal, the first snow on Grandfather Mountain, and, of course, the multi-hued spectacle of autumn leaves that blanket both Carolinas. But late spring is the season of the rhododendron. Throughout late May and June (low elevations bloom first), […]

Lake Jocassee

Intro For many adventures, camping is merely an economic convenience – a place to crash near centers of activity without the cost of hotel rooms. At Devils Fork State Park, located at the southern tip of Lake Jocassee, camping is a worthy activity in and of itself. Paddle the pristine waters of Lake Jocassee right […]

The Blue Wall: South Carolina’s Waterfall Wonderland

A short time after turning west on South Carolina Highway 11, the field of vision changes. Pleasant rolling farmlands of the western Carolina piedmont—green and brown waves of corn, wheat, and stands of peach trees–run head long into an abrupt wall of rugged peaks looming in the hazy distance. If the Blue Ridge is a […]

3 Reasons to Visit Jones Gap State Park This Fall

Jones Gap is one of South Carolina’s most celebrated state parks. The park is situated near the North Carolina- South Carolina border and the Middle Saluda River and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Jones Gap is the perfect place for a long weekend trip, as it offers plenty of trails, streams, and rocks to […]

6 Tips for Thru-Hiking the Palmetto Trail

The Palmetto Trail spans 472 miles across the entire state of South Carolina starting in the town of Oconee, and ending at the Atlantic Ocean just East of Charleston, SC. Most people don’t have 5 months to conquer the Pacific Crest or Appalachian Trails, but don’t be discouraged; the Palmetto Trail presents you with a […]

5 Excellent Long-Distance Bike Paths in the Southeast

On the horizon for Charlotte is a contiguous 26-mile, paved bike path that will bisect the Queen City. When it's completed, the Cross Charlotte Trail will provide an alternative mode of transportation and easy access to recreational opportunities. What might be most exciting about the new trail, however, is that it’s just the beginning. As part of […]