HISTORY OF THE LITTLE RIVER BLUEWAY


In the fall of 2009, a hand full of people who love outdoor sports looked at the abundance of natural and historical assets in this region. We soon realized a great opportunity for promoting the benefits of the outdoor recreation & conservation within this uniquely preserved section of the Sumter National Forest and waterways. After several meetings with key stakeholders within and around the project area, a grassroots organization called Outdoor Initiative, Inc. was formed and went to work mapping, inventorying and planning. Paddling routes were mapped and tested. Biking trails ridden. But we didn’t stop there... In addition to these attractions, the area has golf, hundreds of beautiful campsites, skeet shooting, countless miles of forest service roads, and numerous historical sites to round out the mix. Everything was then consolidated into one recreation system so that it was easy for people to use the wide variety of resources found throughout the Little River Blueway. The result of these efforts is a tremendous outdoor adventure & sporting area!


This project could not have come together without the support of a lot of different folks. Special thanks to:

» Barbara Ware, Old 96 Tourism Commission
» Phil Gaines, SC PRT
» Mark Davis, SC PRT
» Scot Hyatt, USACE
» David Quebedeaux, USACE
» Aaron Wahus, USACE
» Jill Davis, USACE
» Anne Kizer, USFS Long Cane Ranger District
» Chairman Charles Jennings & McCormick County Council
» George Woodsby, McCormick County Econ. Dev. Director
» Sharon Kohl & McCormick Chamber of Commerce
» Tom Krueger & the Savannah Lakes Village Board
» Clubessential Website Solutions
» Budweiser of Greenville
» Paul Farrow & the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA)

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