COLUMBIA, SC – A friend is someone you can call on when you need help, support, or to celebrate a milestone. Each September, the Mast Store celebrates friends in each of its communities that are working to create special places and to positively affect the local economy. On September 8, the Mast Store in Columbia, SC will host volunteers from the Palmetto Conservation Foundation and will contribute 10% of the day’s sales to the organization.
The Palmetto Conservation Foundation is nearing its 30th birthday, which is next year. Its lofty goal of linking the Upstate with the Lowcountry and sharing a compelling story in between is being accomplished and written one mile at a time. Over 350 trail miles are complete in 14 counties, and the organization is focusing on the 150 miles left to complete this ribbon of trail that links natural and cultural resources with historic landmarks with a goal of promoting physical activity and accessibility.
Some of the projects the group just completed include a ¾-mile trestle boardwalk along the Wateree Passage of the Palmetto Trail. The boardwalk is elevated above the swamp by reclaimed piers that once supported the historic South Carolina Railroad. Another project, the new Dug Mountain Passage, is slated to open in late September and will run from the Jocassee Gorges along the Eastatoe Creek to Keowee-Toxaway State Park.
The Palmetto Trail includes backcountry access as well as the Steps of the State Capitol, city sidewalks and greenways. It passes by colleges and through swamps used as hideouts by the Swamp Fox himself, Francis Marion. It has parts that are accessible for mountain bikes, areas for camping, and all of it is available to hikers. The Trail is a unique way to experience South Carolina up close and personal.
At the end of the day on Saturday, September 8, the Mast Store will donate 10% of the day’s sales from the store in Columbia to the Palmetto Conservation Foundation.