Cabins Remain Popular Amid 'Carolina' Rains
The rain has prevented a lot of folks from going to South Carolina’s state parks. There’s been a downturn in daily attendance due to incessant rain, Marion Edmonds, director of communications for the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, told the Greenville News.
“Fortunately we haven’t had a measurable negative impact yet,” Edmonds said, referring to the park system’s finances. “I think when the summer’s over and we crunch the numbers, it will be mainly lost impulse visits, the day use.”
He said a family may plan a picnic and then get up in the morning and see there’s an 80% chance of rain and cancel a trip to the nearby state park.
More lucrative long-term cabin stays likely aren’t affected, he said. It’s clear rain has limited use of some park trails and facilities statewide, Edmonds said.
Earlier this week, Jones Gap State Park had five trails completely or partially closed due to flooding and landslides. Four others had been reopened after earlier closures. At Caesars Head State Park, another five trails were completely or partially closed, and one trail had two trees down, but was listed as passable.
Edmonds said rain has closed some holes at the park system’s golf course at Hickory Knob. Edisto River flooding has partially closed trails at Givhans Ferry State Park in the Lowcountry.
It’s not just state parks. The S.C. Botanical Garden in Clemson, long a haven for hikers and nature lovers, has also seen extensive damage from rain. Some local parks are under water near streams and rivers.