New Year, New Improved You in Berkeley County
Get Out There and Explore Berkeley County in 2023
Make Your Resolution Your Reality in Berkeley County
The holiday festivities this year were one for the books. You savored everything the season had to offer – from spectacles in lights to homemade treats of all kinds. Now January is upon us – synonymous with the month of New Year’s resolutions. While you set your goals for 2023, resolve to explore Berkeley County for fresh ways to implement that healthy lifestyle at the top of your list.
Let Berkeley Outdoor Life Show You the “Way”
To become more active in the great outdoors in 2023, Berkeley Outdoor Life is your three-word answer. Berkeley Outdoor Life is an easily-accessible guide to experiencing the area’s plentiful blueways, walkways, bikeways, and gameways – nearly too many to count!
Multi-use paths, numerous routes along the Palmetto Trail and Francis Marion National Forest, and various parks and attractions are just a sampling of walkway options. For beginner hikers and families, the Daniel Island Trail is a multi-use path that is 1.4 miles long and leads you along the Wando River while taking in one of the area’s most popular planned island communities. For a moderate hike, the Biggin Trail is a 5-mile round-trip challenge rich in elevation change while you travel through Moncks Corner.
For a strenuous thru-hike, the 48 miles along the Swamp Fox Passage – also known as the longest stretch of the Palmetto Trail – awaits with swamps, pine forests, and barred owls.
Bikeways – both for multi-use and road cycling – also abound for aspiring and seasoned cyclists alike. The Nexton Community is a picturesque backdrop to a customizable, family-centered experience through more than 10 miles on asphalt, concrete, or gravel. Make your ride long or short with time for a picnic – the choice is up to you! For those looking for a more arduous route, the Big Gravel Ride of the Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area is home to over 25 miles of crunchy gravel, extremely sparse traffic, and historical landmarks that are over 300 years old. Check out the Palmetto Trail and Francis Marion National Forest for more bikeways.
Fitness needs to be fun to stick with it. With Berkeley Outdoor Life, you will have so much fun, the time will fly by. Free guidebooks and maps of blueways, walkways, and bikeways can be downloaded at berkeleyoutdoorlife.com to plan your next adventure – however you see fit.
Find Like-Minded Community at These Fitness Centers
If you have a friend to keep you accountable with your New Year’s Resolution, chances are you both will be more successful. The Goose Creek Community Fitness Center and Daniel Island Recreation Center are prime places for you and some friends to meet up to get in shape, whether you choose indoor or outdoor activities. And who knows, you may just make some new friends in the process!
Memberships at The Goose Creek Community Fitness Center include access to the weight training area, cardio floor, climbing wall, walking track, and basketball gym. To expand your active horizons a bit further, catch a Zumba, WERQ, Pilates, or Chair Yoga class! Personal training and Couch to 5K programs are also offered to meet you wherever you are in your fitness journey. And don’t worry, childcare is at your fingertips so your kiddos can have some fun of their own while you work up some endorphins. Insider’s tip…you’ll definitely want to check out the brand-new Central Creek Park! The $9 million park offers an incredible recreation opportunity for kids…of all ages!
The Daniel Island Recreation Center is waiting for you to lace up your sneakers and grab your hype squad, rain or shine. In fair weather, pick up a game on a soccer, baseball, or softball field. Numerous parks and trails, including Balfour Park and Bellinger Island Park, will help you get your step count up while getting some fresh air. On rainy or cold days (or just because you prefer it!), a cardio room, pickleball courts, and a large offering of fitness classes – even swing dance classes – are on the calendar so that your new fitness habit becomes anything but routine. Preschool, youth, and teen fitness programs are also available to encourage healthy habits in the littlest members of your family!
Remember, It’s All About Balance
The holidays in Berkeley County brought merriment to the max. Now with eyes fixed on 2023, Berkeley County is ready and waiting to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions, whether indoors or outdoors. After working up a sweat, you might be craving a visit to a “meat and three” for your favorite fried fish or chicken platter that Berkeley County is known for, and that’s just fine – after all, the best lives leave plenty of room for balance.