Mississippi Gulf Coast: A showcase for Southern charm and outdoor family fun

Photo: Jenni Veal Memories from a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast linger long after you return home. The Gulf Coast region is a showcase for Southern hospitality, coastal culinary delights, and family-friendly outdoor fun. It is worth noting that this region of Mississippi – located about an hour from New Orleans - was decimated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Flooding and storms destroyed businesses, homes, historic buildings and the coast’s former way of life. However, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is rising above and beyond the destruction [...]

May 10th, 2017|Categories: By the Sea, Mississippi, Rivers|Tags: |

North Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Paddle the Waccamaw River

The Waccamaw River is considered one of the finest blackwater rivers in the Southeast. The tea-stained color of this slow-moving river that extends 140 miles from North Carolina to South Carolina results from tannins that leach into the water as leaves and vegetation decay. According to the nonprofit organization American Rivers, most blackwater rivers are found exclusively in the Amazon and the southeastern U.S. The headwaters of this oft-overlooked waterway begin near Lake Waccamaw in North Carolina and then flow south to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at Winyah Bay near [...]

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Rivers, South Carolina|Tags: |

Canadys, S.C. – Overnight paddle to backcountry treehouses

Photo: Alice Tubley, Carolina Heritage Outfitters Tucked in the woods of South Carolina along one of the longest blackwater rivers in North America, the Edisto River Treehouses are accessible only by canoe. Guests paddle 13 miles for an overnight stay in one of three rustic and secluded treehouses and spend the next day paddling another 10 miles to the Refuge Outpost. Operated by Scott and Anne Kennedy of Carolina Heritage Outfitters, the Edisto River Treehouses are located within the private 150-acre Edisto River Refuge in Canadys, S.C. The [...]

October 6th, 2015|Categories: Rivers, South Carolina, Unique Stays|Tags: |

Sliding Rock, N.C. – Natural Water Slide Thrills

Sliding Rock is a 60-foot natural water slide located near Brevard, N.C. (Photo: RomanticAsheville.com) Sliding Rock is a natural water slide long-used by adventurous tourists looking for a fun way to cool off during the hot summer months. Located on Looking Glass Creek in the Pisgah National Forest near the quaint college town of Brevard, North Carolina, this water feature is a popular place to cool off and enjoy outdoor family fun during the South’s sweltering summer months. This slab of rock offers a 60-foot-long gentle slide, landing swimmers into large pool [...]

September 11th, 2015|Categories: Mountains, North Carolina, Rivers|Tags: , |

Reliance, Tennessee – Family-friendly whitewater fun on the Hiwassee River

Southeast Tennessee is a land dominated by rivers, and the Hiwassee River is a family favorite when it comes to whitewater fun. Located within the Cherokee National Forest, the river’s Class II and III rapids offer adventures in rafting, funyaks, tubing and beginning whitewater instruction. Outfitters on the Hiwassee River operate on a regular schedule from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Webb Brothers Float Service and Hiwassee Outfitters, both located along the river in Reliance, Tenn., provide shuttle service upriver to an access point just below the Appalachia [...]

August 18th, 2015|Categories: Rivers, Tennessee|