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Enjoy a warm welcome this winter at Charleston County parks

January activities at Charleston County Parks

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - Winter is coming…and it’s going to be a blast! Gear up for a new season of outdoor fun in Charleston County parks, where a flurry of cool programs is forecast for the chilly months.

Tackle 2022 fitness resolutions—and save money on gym fees—by walking, jogging, or biking miles of scenic trails in the parks. Competitive souls can register to race in the Off-Road Duathlon and the Save the Light 5K and Half Marathon. Paddlers, make a splash in the ancient sport of dragon boating, or polish navigation skills online to prep for spring paddles. And the Lowcountry Senior Series is guaranteed to get adventure seekers aged 50+ moving, too.

Learn to fly, leap, and walk a ridgeline at James Island County Park’s Challenge Course, or reach new heights at the 50-foot Climbing Wall. When it’s too cold to surf the waves, try a longboard on wheels at SK8 Charleston skate park. Prefer keeping two feet on the ground? Take aim at the archery course in Johns Island County Park.

Outdoor lovers who are more “chill seekers” than “thrill seekers” can bundle up and enjoy a bevy of brrrr-illiant nature programs. Take a bird walk to meet and greet the feathered friends who winter in Charleston’s parks. Enjoy naturalist-led beach walks, take a “forest bath” (clothing required!), observe owls and other nocturnal creatures during evening outings, play tree detective at Palmetto Islands County Park…even venture deep into a swamp at Wannamaker County Park.

Parents resolved to get the kids off the screens and out of the house should definitely head to the parks! Toddlers will be enchanted by the Wee Wild Ones series, while elementary and middle-school nature lovers will thrive in Homeschool in the Parks and Earth Explorers programs. And young (and young-at-heart) architects can take part in the “greatest, tiniest building project ever” during January’s Fairy House Festival.

Enjoy a warm welcome this winter in the Charleston County parks!