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MAY 2017

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5 0 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E can be accommodated at any one time. However, larger groups can have an entire day of activities tailored to them, allowing some to zip line while others enjoy a 50-minute swamp boat tour or explore the aerial adventure park. The latter contains 53 challenges that range in difficulty. W W W. S H A L L O T T E R I V E R S WA M P P A R K . C O M N A T U R E A D V E N T U R E S O U T F I T T E R S C H A R L E S T O N , S O U T H C A R O L I N A A guided hiking tour with Nature Adventures Outfitters combines fresh air, exercise, great scenery and the opportunity to learn about the natural environment. All hikes take place in the Francis Marion National Forest, roughly 45 minutes from Charleston, and are led by qualified naturalists. Since the hikes all cover f latlands, visitors need only mos- quito repellent, comfortable shoes and some enthusiasm. The shorter tours last up to two hours, with each trail approximately 1.5 to 2.5 miles long. Options include the blackwater swamp, complete with alligators, otters and an old plantation; Carolina Bay, home to black bears and an endangered wetlands ecosys- tem; and a trail around a 4,000-year-old Native American shell ring. Several longer options are also available, each covering approximately five miles and lasting up to four hours. One of these, the Awendaw Passage, is the favorite of Elizabeth Anderegg, the company's outreach manager. "This trail exposes the hiker to several environments, from the intercoastal area to a maritime forest to the marshways," she said. Dolphins and pelicans are just two examples of the wildlife you can usually expect to see along the way. Groups are welcome on any of the hikes. Because each hike is scheduled to order, reservations are required. Anderegg advised making a reservation as soon as possible to ensure a naturalist is available. In the case of a larger group, an addi- tional guide may be provided. Kayaking and paddleboarding lessons are also available. W W W. K A Y A K C H A R L E S T O N S C . C O M D E S T I N A T I O N S B Y O U T S I D E H I L T O N H E A D , S O U T H C A R O L I N A Hilton Head, South Carolina, and the surrounding sand- banks are packed with activity options, and Destinations by Outside is a one-stop shop for just about everything you could want to do while visiting the island. The company offers a wide variety of team-building exercises, historic tours, culinary workshops and more. But its array of water activities is particularly impressive. Dolphin watching, beachcombing, cruising, kayaking, fishing, waterskiing, tubing — the list is almost endless. The Vanishing Island beachcombing trip com- bines a dolphin-watching boat ride with a stop at one of the nearby islands or sand- banks, giving visitors the chance to stroll the beach in search of shells, artifacts and even hidden treasure. The Ultimate Lowcountry Day ensures you are doing only what you want and nothing else. The private tours are crafted to suit you and your group and can com- bine any number of activities. Kayaking and crabbing? Fishing and a historic tour? No problem. Lessons are available for stand up paddleboarding, paddleboard yoga, kayak fishing, waterskiing and more. If your group has some experience, instructors can help improve skills. W W W. D E S T I N A T I O N S D M C . C O M Courtesy Destinations by Outside AQUATIC ADVENTURE IN HILTON HEAD explore THE OUTER BANKS GO The O uter B anks ® O F N O R T H C A R O L I N A outerbanks.org For group adventures, contact Lorrie Love; love@outerbanks.org, or call 877-629-4386 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Wright Brothers National Memorial

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