Outdoors events in the Midlands

December 23, 2012 

ADVENTURE CAROLINA: Ski Trip to Catalooche Mountains, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday; and a Congaree River Trip, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1107 State St., Cayce. Closed Monday, Tuesday and Dec. 31. Reservations and fitting for any rental equipment must be made at least 48 hours in advance. (803) 796-4505, adventurecarolina.com

CAROLINA RIVER CONNECTION: Basic canoe, sea/rec and whitewater kayak instruction and rentals. Five different guided trips for all levels of paddlers including half day, full day and overnight trips. Meals are provided, and ages eight and under paddle for free. Paddle the Saluda, Congaree, Edisto and Enoree Rivers. (803) 917-3920; www.carolinariverconnection.com

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: January guided program schedule: Big Tree Walk, 1-4 p.m. Jan. 5, registration required; Nature Discovery, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 5, 12 and 19; Tree Trek, 10 a.m. Jan. 26 and 2 p.m. Jan. 6, 12, 13, 19 and 27; Weston Lake Wilderness Hike, 1:30 p.m., Jan. 26. Canoe tour reservations for the fourth quarter through Dec. 31 are open; by phone only. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, to speak with a ranger. Voice mail or email reservations will not be accepted. Harry Hampton Visitor Center park hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The park will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s day. The park is at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. (803) 776-4396; nps.gov/cong

SESQUICENTENNIAL STATE PARK: First Day Hike, 1 p.m. Jan. 1, 2013 at Two Notch Road in northeast Columbia. Join a park ranger for a guided 2-mile walk in the newly resurfaced Sandhills Trail. Free with park admission; $2/adults; ages 15 and younger are free. (803) 788-2706; www.SouthCarolinaParks.com

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