Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 1, 2016

Santee State Park: Rustic Beauty

The State Park system is one of the wonderful gifts from a state to its citizens.  These places are natural refuges or historical sites, or both.  They provide us with places to go and whether near or far from our homes, to experience nature or history anew.  This park is only a short drive from my hometown, Orangeburg, South Carolina.  It is along the shore of Lake Marion where some of the best fishing in the southeastern United States can be done. Fishing is one of the reasons my family went to the park.  Many a Saturday my father took my brother and me out to fish at Santee.  Our fishing canes, dad’s rod and reel, container of worms, and another of crickets we caught in the yard just before leaving, a cooler or a string to put our catch on and great anticipation of the fun we would have. 

The park was also the location of many events sponsored by organizations. Annual cookouts and picnics were held there.  There was a mini golf course I enjoyed and paddle boats to rent and later a playground.  In one occasion I walked the naure trail with a group and saw more of the park that I’d ever seen before.

During visit my father shared about his work at the park.  During the 1960s he was director of a program called Operation Mainstream.  One of the jobs O.M. did was clearing certain areas in the property of Santee State Park.  He told me if a lake that mysteriously disappeared and if a very old tree that was uncovered.  The reason for the disappearance of the lake was not determined. 

State Parks have programs and classes to teach us about the nature and history of the area. Rangers are on hand and often additional staff in some parks to give tours and talks.  The park nearest my home is Hunting Island State Park and there are many activities available for the public to participate in. 

Over the years we have enjoyed including park programs into our homeachool year.  These programs meet many academic standards for science and history or social studies.  A state park pass is a valuable resource to aid in learning or leisure.  Please support and visit your state park and those of other states as, often as possible. Enjoy nature found there, go bird watching, study the tribes that lives or still live in that area, paddle the waterways, home the trails, camp in the campground, study and the trees, fish, swim, relax and gain an appreciation for creation and the Creator. 

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  1. Nice


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