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MAY 2017

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4 8 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E Highly recommended for a complete day of fun are the packages, which allow visitors to combine a morning of raft- ing with lunch and the zip-line experience in the afternoon. Ten lines take guests through the top of the forest canopy. A 100-foot bridge walkway leads to a rather unusual treehouse, the perfect spot to stop for a breather and refreshments. Lisa Sluder, who takes care of reservations for French Broad Adventures, said, "Everyone loves our guides. They are all so experienced and very knowledgeable of the area's history." W W W. F R E N C H B R O A D R A F T I N G . C O M B L A C K H O R S E R U N G R E E N V I L L E , S O U T H C A R O L I N A Black Horse Run is located on 45 acres of pasture and wooded land some 25 miles east of Greenville. With 34 horses, owner Jerry Cooper can cater to riders of all ages and levels, from absolute beginners to more experienced trail riders. "Our riders love the personal attention," he said. "We love people, we love horses and we love to bring the two together." For novice riders, Cooper recommends the one-hour trail ride. This is a good introduction and allows people to get used to being on a horse while enjoying the scenic property. Two-hour rides are also available. For the more adventurous visitor, daylong rides can be scheduled, and overnight camps are available with notice. Black Horse Run also welcomes birthday parties and special events. Cooper said the stables can accommodate riders of all ages. The only limit is weight; none of the horses can carry over 275 pounds. Although the property has 34 horses, groups are typically limited to no more than 12 people at a time. This is due to the availability of trail guides and for the ease of management on the trails. An advance reservation is a good idea. Usually, only a day or two notice is required, although Cooper warns that during the summer season, a little more notice is suggested. School vacations attract many children, and Saturdays are particularly busy. Riders should dress comfortably, with long pants and closed-toe shoes. W W W. B L A C K H O R S E R U N S C . N E T S H A L L O T T E R I V E R S W A M P P A R K O C E A N I S L E B E A C H , N O R T H C A R O L I N A Shallotte River Swamp Park is home to the largest and longest zip-line canopy tour on the Eastern Seaboard, not to mention an aerial adventure park and a series of swamp boat eco-tours. General manager George Howard said it is the sheer size of the facility (65 acres) and the variety of activities that make this an excellent destination for groups. "We have a lot of versatility," he said, "and can tailor experi- ences to the needs of the group." The park 's goal is to combine an adventure experience and the natural habitat, with guides also educating visi- tors about the unique ecological environ- ment. "Being able to zip line through the swamp and appreciating the habitat is a phenomenal experience," Howard said. The zip-line tour features 10 stations and takes roughly two and a half hours to complete. Groups of no more than 10 Courtesy Black Horse Run Courtesy Shallotte River Swamp Park BLACK HORSE RUN SHALLOTTE RIVER SWAMP PARK A N A M E R I C A N I C O N America's oldest preserved plantation house still open to the public. For special group rates and tour packages, contact Debbi Zimmerman (843) 769-2630 or dzimmerman@draytonhall.org. Charleston, SC | draytonhall.org |

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