I have found the Agritourism Farm website really helpful when visiting different counties to check out some local products and farm experiences. There are over 430 farms across the state on this site that then will link you to the farm website or facebook page. We planned to wrap up the end of our day at one of the farms in Chester county that I had found, Fishing Creek Creamery. I had hoped to try some of their products, especially the goat cheese. Unfortunately, the farm store was closed but we still got to take a peek at the goats and pig. Since we had a little extra time before it was going to get dark, we drove to Landsford Canal State Park. This park is alongside the Catawba River and has the remains of a commercial canal system used in the 1800’s. The park is also home to the largest stand of rock shoals spider lilies. They bloom in May and June so it might be worth the trip back to check them out. On our visit, the river was extremely high. The kids burned off some energy at the playground before ending out day!
Point of Interest: Andrew Jackson State Park
Our next day began in visiting Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster County. Our state park pass came in handy this weekend since this was the third state park we visited within the total of seven counties that we “toured” during the weekend. The park is the homeplace of our 7th president, Andrew Jackson. We walked around the park to the school house, the outdoor amphitheater and drove through the campground.
Avery made an extra special connection to this park with our visit to Atalaya Castle in Georgetown. Anna Huntington, the sculptor who lived at Atalaya sculpted the statue of Andrew Jackson named “The Boy of the Waxhaws” which is featured in the park. It was very impressive to see her make this connection and gives hope to me that they may remember some of what they seeing!!
Point of Interest: Sugarloaf Mountain
Our stop in Chesterfield county was Sugarloaf Mountain located in Patrick, SC near the Sandhill area of the state. As we entered the park, we drove along a dirt road with pine tree lining each side and we’re greeted by a coyote crossing the road in front of us. Sugarloaf Mountain is an unusual pile of sand that rises up 100 feet. Similarly to our earlier stop in Lexington county at Peachtree Rock, this part of the state was once covered by the ocean and created an interesting geological formation of sand and lava rocks.
We were the only people visiting at the time and girls had fun climbing on the rocks and looking out at the vast forests below.
At the conclusion of this weekend, we officially marked off 42 counties and only have 4 to go before completing our goal of visiting all 46 counties in the state of South Carolina!! Last on the list are Orangeburg, Calhoun, Allendale and Bamberg.