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An ethereal moment in the Congaree National Park.
An ethereal moment in the Congaree National Park.

A Centennial Celebration of Nature

This year the National Park Service turned 100 years old. 

As they celebrate, they are already looking forward to continuing the stewardship of America’s national parks by engaging communities through recreation, conservation and historic preservation.

The National Park Service was created by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on Aug. 25, 1916. Prior to that, Yellowstone National Park was established as the nation’s first national park by an act signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. However, Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas argues they should have that claim to fame. In legislation signed in 1832 by President Andrew Jackson, Hot Springs became the first federally protected piece of land in the United States.

Visitors explore the Fort Moultrie National Monument on Sullivan’s Island.
Visitors explore the Fort Moultrie National Monument on Sullivan’s Island.

Currently, there are nine properties owned or managed by the National Park Service in South Carolina, most of which are historic military battlegrounds:

• Charles Pinckney National Historic Site in Mt. Pleasant
• Congaree National Park in Hopkins
• Cowpens National Battlefield in Chesnee
• Fort Sumter, National Monument in the Charleston Harbor
• Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (North Carolina to Florida)
• Kings Mountain National Military Park in Blacksburg
• Ninety Six National Historical Site in Ninety Six
• Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia)
• South Carolina National Heritage Corridor in Edgefield

Clockwise from top left: the boardwalk in Congaree National Park winds through the old growth forest, home to the tallest and largest Loblolly Pines alive today; an alligator keeps a watchful eye on visitors from the waters of Wise Lake; an arched brick passageway at Fort Moultrie; view of Sullivan’s Island from an elevated perch at Fort Moultrie.

The South Carolina National Park Service says more than 1.5 million people visited parks in the state in 2015, resulting in nearly an $83 million economic benefit.

There is still time to Find Your Park, which is a program designed to encourage everyone to find their perfect park. The National Park Service’s Find Your Park website encourages park goers to share stories on how they found their park, their way: www.findyourpark.com.

For more information on the NPS locations in South Carolina visit www.nps.gov/state/sc.