Get Out - To Nature
OUR VIEW: Go To A Park.
Many people have complained about being recommended to shelter in place. Their rights have been infringed upon and they do not want to stay at home any more. Fine, our advice: Go To A Park.
Your kids are stir-crazy because all they’ve been doing is staring at the computer. Get them up and out. If your trips have been cancelled, plan a Stay-Cation.
The South Carolina State Parks Are Open - although on a somewhat limited basis.
The parks do not want to be the origination point of the Coronavirus’ second wave, of course, so there are some restrictions. But, you know what’s not restricted? Fresh Air - it’s still free and getting better.
The Musgrove Mill website links to SC State Parks’ travel advisory. It details that a soft opening started on Friday, May 1, and there are social distancing guidelines (with link). Parks could be limiting their “carrying capacity” but there are enough parks to go around. Some will be crowded (beach) but others provide blessed solitude. Turn off the news, go find Nature.
You can purchase park admission on-line. That’s one thing that has not had a downturn - shopping on-line - Amazon is on track to becoming the biggest company in the world (but, right now, they still need the United States Postal Service to be operational). As staffing levels return to normal, reservations for cabins and accommodations at some state parks will be coming back on-line - be sure to check before, if you are wanting an over-night stay in a South Carolina State Park.
Large gathering are not permitted. SC Parks are taking their cue from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in this regard. State Park Visitors Centers were set to re-open on May 11; expect to see signs and barriers to keep everybody as safe as possible. Retail stores and spaces should re-open May 15. Playgrounds will be closed until at least June 1 (there are cleaning requirements in place, as the Coronavirus lives on surfaces). Golf courses in state parks will be open - be sure to stand apart from each other while playing. Don’t crowd up on other walkers while you’re using the trails. You can bring your own canoe, kayak, paddle board and/or jon boat. There will be no group rental facilities until June 1. There will not be tours of homes and historic structures at this time.
Facebook live interpretive programming will be available on a limited schedule.
Through the SC Parks website, you can find info and restrictions related to the Park Passport.
So, in summary, let’s do less complaining and more outdoor-ing. Our mental health will be better for it.
NOTE: Musgrove Mill’s Travel Advisory: Park hours as of May 1, 9 am to 6 pm; vehicle capacity, 12 main park area, 12 Horseshoe Falls.