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SC7 hiking adventure and Outdoorsman Tom Mullikin receive resolution from West Columbia City Council

Pictured are the Founder of the SC7, Tom Mulliken, Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan, Jimmy Jones, W Thomas Smith and Steve Vitali, who currently serve on the South Carolina Flood Water Commission, Bruce Brutschy, and Virginia Ann Mullikan. City of West Columbia photos.

West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles and City Council presented a resolution to the creators and supporters of the South Carolina 7 (SC7) trail hiking adventure at the August Special Council Meeting for bringing awareness to the great outdoors and the beauty in our region.

In July, West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles, Councilman Joseph Dickey, Richland County Sheriff’s Department Sheriff Leon Lott, Tom Milliken, Bruce Brutschy, and over 70 others started at Savage Craft Ale Works in West Columbia and were transported by Palmetto Outdoor to the Cayce Arts District where City of Cayce Mayor Elise Partin welcomed the group. They continued down the Cayce trail by Piecewise Coffee Company and headed toward West Columbia.

Along the way, they learned the history of the area with a guided tour from Mike Mayo, with Palmetto Outdoor, and learned about the City of West Columbia from Mayor Miles. The group finished together at Savage Craft Ale Works. The event was part of an effort by SC7 and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.

Tom Mullikin is noted South Carolina outdoorsman. Mullikin and his team hiked all over South Carolina in 2020 to highlight the environment and celebrate seven natural wonders in the state. Mullikin calls them the South Carolina Seven. They ranged from the Chattooga River to the Ace Basin. Along with SC7 team also hiked across South Carolina in 2021 and included West Columbia’s Riverwalk. The team hiked in Cayce, too.

The 2021 annual SC7 expedition across South Carolina showcased the unique natural beauty of the Palmetto State and to raise greater awareness of environmental threats (resulting from disastrous storms and flooding) to the most vulnerable areas of the state. Photos from the hike in July below: