Rachel Murdy



First Day Hikes in SC State Parks

Posted 12/2/2016 11:59:00 AM
Get 2017 started off right and join South Carolina State Parks on a First Day Hike! 

We are hosting 40 different events at 35 of our parks, so there's bound to be one close to you! Get a complete list of events here. Events range from a short hike to some that are miles long. Brave the cold and start off the new year with a plunge event or trailer up your horse and start 2017 with a trail ride. 

Some highlights: 
Sadlers Creek, Devils Fork, Paris Mountain and Aiken State Parks are all hosting plunge events! 
Lee and Kings Mountain State Parks are offering organized horse trail rides.
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site and Devils Fork State Park are both hosting 5K events.

So come out and join us January 1, 2017 across the state for a day full of awesome state park events. And be sure to share your experiences with us on social media using #SCStateParks!

Halloween 2016 in State Parks

Posted 10/13/2016 1:42:00 PM
Looking for a new way to celebrate Halloween this year? How about in a state park? Check out all of our 2016 Halloween events!

Lake Wateree State Park is hosting it's annual Creepy Campout Oct. 29, 2016. Check out all the awesome activities planned here

Lake Greenwood State Park is hosting an entire weekend of Halloween activities Oct. 28-29, 2016. Click here for more information

Huntington Beach State Park will host its Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle Oct. 28-29, 2016. Check out more here.

Croft State Park will be home to Neewollah Weekend Oct. 22, 2016. Contact the park directly for more information on this fun filled day! 

And Calhoun FallsTable Rock and Hamilton Branch state parks will all be hosting their own trick-or-treating events the weekend of Oct. 29, 2016. Contact the parks directly for more information!  

2017 Artist in Residence Program

Posted 7/22/2016 4:20:00 PM
The 2017 Artist in Residence application is now open!

Stay in a cabin a South Carolina State Park for a week in exchange for a piece of original artwork inspired by your stay. Click here to learn more about this awesome program. The application is open to SC residents and just plain SC fans. Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2016. 

Questions? Concerns? Let me know! Email me at or call me at 803-734-0220.


Happy Retirement, Brego!

Posted 9/21/2015 12:57:00 PM
At the beginning of September, those nearest and dearest to Brego got together at Sesquicentennial State Park to celebrate his retirement. After 5 years of faithful service to Ann Humphries, Brego earned his retirement to his puppyhood home! While together, Ann and Brego visited 22 South Carolina State Parks. Because of his accomplishments, we decided to name Brego an honorary Ultimate Outsider!

We feel that Regional Chief Paul McCormack best summed up Brego's impact on us all: 

A guide dog is trained to provide safety to a visually impaired handler.  When Brego met Ann in 2010 neither of them could have predicted what was in store for them. They match dogs to lifestyles so Ann got an athletic, active dog.  Through the years they have had many adventures together and over the past several years state parks have been excited to be a part of it.  

We first became aware of their presence in parks when Ann registered for a waterfall hike and asked if assistance animals were allowed.  Our ranger, Jeff Atkins, said sure, but was still shocked when Ann showed up with a guide dog.  Together they ventured through streams, muddy trails and wet rocks, but they made it. The duo reminded us as a park service that our parks are a place for everyone and can be a place of inspiration for all.  

Soon after that they became a fixture with Sparkle, Katherine and others as they experienced state parks together on their Ultimate Outsider journey. The challenge, of course, is to visit all 47 parks and collect a stamp at each site to document you were there.  Some people rush in and rush out, but not this group.  Ann and Brego have stayed in 7 state park cabins and visited over 22 parks together, from Hunting Island to Devils Fork and many places in between.  They have been to historic homes and waterfalls, listened to the sounds of a bobcat at Table Rock, and the babble of an artesian well at Aiken.  Brego diligently watched as her friends led her into Horseshoe Falls while he sat on the sidelines, kept her safe on slippery mud and rocks and hiked in places you would never expect to see a person with a guide dog.

The South Carolina State Park Service would like to recognize Brego as he retires from service and moves away.  He has showed us that state parks are for everyone.  That being an Ultimate Outsider is more than stamping a book 47 times. It is about being excited about exploring our state, trying things you may never have thought about doing, and not letting anything keep you from getting outside. Thank you Brego, for your service, not only to Ann, but to all of us! 

A big salute to you, Brego! 

Special Sea Turtle Season in SC

Posted 8/21/2015 1:34:00 PM
We're admittedly a little sea turtle crazy in South Carolina State Parks- and with good reason! SC State Parks are where hundreds of turtles call home. Sea turtles will most often return home to the beach where they were born to lay their own nests, so Edisto Beach, Hunting Island, Myrtle Beach, and Huntington Beach have many turtles return year after year. This year in particular was a special one for our state parks and our turtle obsession! We had a record breaking year at Edisto Beach State Park with 175 nests (and could still see a few more!), and Hunting Island State Park was home to one of only two Leatherback sea turtle nests in the state!

For more information on sea turtles, watch Myrtle Beach State Park Interpretive Ranger Ann Wilson here