Tips for visiting Congaree National Park with kids + Don’t miss the Junior Ranger Badge

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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman

Congaree National Park just south of Columbia, South Carolina is worth a detour off I-20 if you’re ever in the area. Dedicated National Park enthusiast know this is South Carolina’s only National Park. It’s...

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Charleston, South Carolina: Earn 3 National Park Junior Ranger badges in 1 day, full itinerary

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    Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The home on Snee Farm is a recreation of Charles Pinckney's estate. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Inside the Charles Pinckney museum. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Working on Junior Ranger booklets at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Walking through the Charles Pinckney site. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Camelia bushes at Charles Pinckney's site. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Driving across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Overlooking Charleston Harbor from Fort Moultrie. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Inside Fort Sumter National Monument. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Looking down cannon row inside Fort Sumter. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Walking out to the parade ground at Fort Sumter National Monument. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The actual Union flag that flew over Fort Sumter during the first battle of the Civil War. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Looking back through the Sally Port at Fort Sumter. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Approaching Fort Sumter Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Looking back at Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The USS Yorktown Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The USS Yorktown Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Badges the kids earned during our one day tour of Charleston, SC. Photo by Christie Dedman

Charleston, South Carolina is a mecca of sorts for Civil War history buffs.  American history fans would argue it’s not just for the Civil War students, but it’s a city rich in history of...

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Tips for Hiking Foster Falls at South Cumberland State Park, Tennessee

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    Foster Falls Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Foster Falls Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Foster Falls Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Foster Falls Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Foster Falls Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Foster Falls Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Foster Falls locator park map courtesy of Tennessee State Parks

During the fall we chased colorful leaves and flowing waterfalls one weekend in South Cumberland State Park in Tennessee. We hiked down to the bottom of Foster Falls. A challenging, slippery and fun hike...

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Hiking Tennessee State Parks Great Stone Door, Greeter Falls & Laurel Falls with children

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    Greeter Falls, Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Great Stone Door, Tennessee - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Greeter Falls Trail, Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Greeter Falls, Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Laurel Falls, Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Laurel Falls, Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Laurel Falls, Tennessee Photo by Christie Dedman

There’s a section of the Savage Gulf Natural Area in Tennessee that is packed with enough hiking to satisfy anyone’s need for woodland therapy.  From steep trails, rocky cliffs to incredible views and flowing...

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Climbing and hiking at Perry Lakes Park and Birding Tower Marion, Alabama

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    Perry Lakes Park - Alabama Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Perry Lakes Park - Alabama Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Perry Lakes Park - Alabama Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Perry Lakes Park - Alabama Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Perry Lakes Park - Alabama Photo by Christie Dedman

Have you ever been to Perry Lakes Park in Marion? It’s a cool swamp with a restored 100 foot fire tower in the heart of Perry County, AL. We hiked through the swamp then...

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Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial in Indiana + Junior Ranger badge

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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    A piece of furniture Thomas Lincoln built. Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Working on Junior Ranger book at Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman

You know history has a way of becoming addictive – once you get into learning about something you gotta follow the whole path.  We’ve been to Lincoln’s boyhood home in Kentucky. There we learned...

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Visiting George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, Indiana + Junior Ranger program

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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln monument of the crossing of the Wabash River into Illinois - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Red Skelton mural downtown Vincennes, Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Working on Junior Ranger books at George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman

Do you know who George Rogers Clark is? He’s the guy who basically won the west so his brother William Clark (of Lewis & Clark) could explore what would become the Louisiana Purchase. He...

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