South Carolina’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism launched a new fall campaign encouraging folks to visit all 47 of the state’s parks.
Those willing to accept the challenge of becoming the “Ultimate Outsider” can start their journey by purchasing a guide online or at any South Carolina state park. As you visit each of the 47 South Carolina state parks, collect a stamp.
At the final park you visit, have a park ranger verify your stamp book and complete the verification form. The park ranger will submit your information and you’ll receive a free Ultimate Outsider t-shirt in the mail to commemorate your achievement.
To promote the new campaign, the department is utilizing a barrage of television advertisements along with ads on billboards, online, and social media.
The campaign follows a record fiscal year for the state-owned parks system which includes the notable Charles Towne Landing in Charleston, Table Rock State Park, and Lake Hartwell State Park.
Last month, the Department reported a near 12 percent increase from the previous fiscal year with revenues totaling nearly $27 million for July 2014 to June 2015.
The rebounding economy, lower gasoline costs, and good weather during key holidays and weekends are all contributing factors to the increased attendance and revenues.
With the end goal being that the parks pay for their own costs, the agency also reported that the state’s Park Service was 94 percent operationally self-sufficient last year, the highest level in its 81-year history.
The parks department encourages those participating to share their adventures on social media using the hashtags #SCStateParks and #UltimateOutsider.
Taking part in the challenge? We’d love to hear about your favorite South Carolina parks!