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See why winter is wonderful in Charleston County Parks

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - Who needs snow when you have a spectacular winter wonderland right here…in your Charleston County Parks! Mild Lowcountry winters guarantee months of fresh-air fun for outdoor lovers of all ages. Here’s a sneak preview of upcoming programs in the parks.

Tackle 2023 fitness resolutions—and save money on gym fees—by walking, jogging, or biking miles of scenic trails in the parks. Feeling competitive? Register to race in the Off-Road Duathlon and the Save the Light Half Marathon & 5K. Paddlers, boaters, and sailors, sign up for courses to polish your navigation skills and prep for spring voyages before you hit the water. And dancers of all ages can move and groove at the Inclusive Silent Disco.

Nature lovers easing into the new year at a more relaxed pace have so many opportunities to explore. Take a bird walk to meet and greet the avian beauties who winter in Charleston’s parks. Immerse yourself in a “forest bath” (clothing required!). Observe owls and other nocturnal creatures as the day slips into night. And venture deep into the swamp at Wannamaker County Park, where a naturalist will introduce you to the secrets of this uniquely southern ecosystem.

Enrich your understanding of local history—on the very ground where it unfolded—in this season’s interpretive programs. Deepen your knowledge of Gullah Geechee culture at McLeod Plantation Historic Site or explore centuries of rice and tea cultivation at Caw Caw Interpretive Center.

Parents resolved to get the kids off the screens and out of the house can head to the parks. Toddlers will be enchanted by the Wee Wild Ones series, while elementary and middle-school nature lovers will thrive in Your Parks, Your Classrooms and Homeschool in the Parks programs. A new year and new adventures are waiting in your Charleston County parks!