Success Stories

The Beautiful Places Alliance has been created to build on the generous support that businesses, foundations and private individuals already have provided in recent years to your state parks.

Some of these success stories include:

Paris Mountain State Park – The renovation of the Greenville retreat’s Depression Era-bathhouse into the new Park Center involved more than $500,000 in financial and in-kind support. Special care was taken to retain the building’s historical integrity while converting it into an educational center that includes exhibits recounting the park’s beginnings as the mountaintop source of water for a growing city.

Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area – The Drummond Center at Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area was built with more than $450,000 in financial support. The center features one of the few museums dedicated solely to the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps who built this and other parks across the state and the country before World War II brought their work to an abrupt halt. It also has become a popular meeting venue for the Greenwood community.

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site – A $100,000 donation was key to creation of a classroom inside the new Visitors Center at the park just off the Ashley River that preserves and interprets the founding settlement of South Carolina. Thousands of school children a year use the classroom before they take a tour of the park’s dynamic, interactive museum, history trail, archaeological digs and naturalistic zoo.

Other recent accomplishments include a new dog park at Sesquicentennial State Park near Columbia, interpretive signage at Landsford Canal State Park on the scenic Catawba River and renovation work on the historic trout pond at Jones Gap State Park on the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

Help Sponsor These Projects

All contributions to the Beautiful Places Alliance go directly to projects, not daily operations. Here are some other ideas that have been proposed:

  • New wildlife viewing platforms along the lagoons and ponds at Huntington Beach State Park on the Grand Strand, a park long considered one of the prime bird-watching spots along the East Coast
  • Extending the boardwalk at Woods Bay State Natural Area between Florence and Sumter, providing easy access to a sight rarely seen, the interior of a large, undisturbed Carolina Bay. These elliptical depressions of mysterious origin are unique to the coastal plains and most have disappeared to development
  • A new viewing platform and deck overlooking a pond that’s a popular swimming hole off a mountain trail at Table Rock State Park on the Blue Ridge near Greenville
  • Improvements to the path that surrounds the 30-acre lake at Sesquicentennial State Park near Columbia, making it an easy-to-use hike-and-bike trail

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