Walterboro Day Trips
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Option 1 – Historic Downtown
1. Walterboro Welcome Center, 843-538-4353, www.walterborosc.org
(1273 Snider’s Hwy) located off I-95 at Exit 53.
The Walterboro Welcome Center has information that will enhance your visit to this historic town. While there, make sure to pick up a copy of the self-guided tour pamphlet.
2. Self-guided tour of Historic Walterboro,
(Support materials available at the Welcome Center.)
Spend the morning walking under the canopy of ancient live oak tree-lines streets
enjoying the beauty of this historic town. Learn about the homes and government
buildings that make this town so unique.
3. Lunch at a Local Restaurant
(See Visitors - Dining - Walterboro)
Walterboro offers locally owned diners that offer the best of Lowcountry cuisine, and many of the nationally recognizable restaurants you already enjoy. Come to Walterboro and see what everyone is talking about.
4. Colleton Museum, (843-549-2303), www.cm-fm.org
(506 E Washington St, Tues 12-6, W-F 10-5, Sat 10-2)
At out new location. Museum features exhibits on Colleton County's history,
Natural Resources, Plantation Era relics. Listed on the National Register
of Historic Places.
4. Artisan Center, 843-549-0011, www.scartisancenter.com
(334 Wichman St, M-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5)
Art from over 300 of the State’s finest juried artists and craftsmen can be purchased here. Demonstrations and exhibits can also be seen here. . It’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate the folk art and fine craftsmanship of South Carolina artisans while creating a better understanding of the state’s rich cultural heritage.
Option 2 - Historic Downtown
1. Bedon-Lucas House Museum, 843-549-9633
(205 Church St, Thur – Sat 1-4pm.)
Built in the 1820’s, this is one of Walterboro’s five remaining “high houses,” named for the structure’s high height off the ground. It is one of the key historic properties in the Walterboro Historic District. The well-preserved interior features original heart pine floors and an excellent display of antique furnishings. The home serves as The Museum of Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society.
2. Lunch At A Local Restaurant
(See Visitors - Dining - Walterboro)
Walterboro offers locally owned "diners" that offer the best of Lowcountry cuisine, and many of the nationally recognizable restaurants you already enjoy. Come to Walterboro and see what everyone is talking about.
3. Slave Relics Museum, 843-549-9130
(208 Carn St, Tues-Fri 9:30-5:30, Sat 10-3)
This museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history and culture of African-American slaves. On display are actual artifacts made and used by slaves in their daily lives. These tools and household items date from 1750 through the mid 1800’s.
4. Tuskegee Airmen Monument,
(537 Aviation Way, Walterboro Airport)
This monument commemorates the heroism of America’s first black military airmen, who enlisted during World War II. Before being sent into the action of war, these men received their final three months of training at the Walterboro Army Airfield. They learned to fly three types of aircraft that were used to escort larger planes into battle. During the war, 1,000 Tuskegee Airmen flew 1,578 missions. This monument celebrates the courage, bravery and dedication of the African-American men who fought during the war.
Option 3 – Nature Tour
1. ACE Basin Tour, 843-521-3099, www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=42511
The Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge helps protect the largest undeveloped estuary along the Atlantic Coast, with rich bottomland hardwoods and fresh and salt water marsh offering food and cover to a variety of wildlife. ACE Basin stands for the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers. Click on the picture to the right for detailed directions to the refuge.
2. Bear Island Wildlife Sanctuary - picnic and observe wildlife, 843-844-2957 www.dnr.sc.gov/mlands
(TiTi Rd, Green Pond, off Hwy 17, open dawn-dusk)
This area is considered to be one of the best birding areas in the state. Visitors can see a wide variety of rare species. The area provides quality habitat for wintering waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Bird watchers will find threatened and endangered species such as wood storks and bald eagles. The diverse area is excellent for attracting waterfowl, wading birds and shore birds as well. Two observation platforms and miles of dikes provide optimum wildlife viewing opportunities. The area is free and open to the general public.
Option 4 – Nature Tour
1. Great Swamp Sanctuary, 843-538-4353, www.thegreatswamp.org
(399 DeTreville St, open dawn-dusk)
Walterboro’s nature-based sanctuary offers visitors a Lowcountry experience combining history, culture, recreation and education in a southern lowlands setting. A network of boardwalks, hiking, biking and nature trails provide a perfect vantage point to observe the diversity of plants and wildlife inhabiting the black-water bottomland of Colleton County. Located within the ACE Basin, the 842-acre sanctuary features the only braided creek swamp accessible to the public. Admission is free.
2. Donnelley Wildlife Area picnic and observe wildlife, 843-844-8957 www.dnr.sc.gov/mlands
(585 Donnelley Dr, off Hwy 17, open dawn-dusk)
This wildlife management area is designated as an important birding area, providing vital habitat for birds. It is owned and managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. It encompasses a unique diversity of managed rice fields, forested wetlands, tidal marsh, and agricultural land. The area has two designated nature trails and miles of dirt roads for hikers and bicyclists to explore. Late winter through early spring provided optimum bird-watching opportunities. Alligators are also in abundance here. A driving tour of the area is an option for those who are mobility impaired.
Option 5 – A day on the River
1. Canoe or kayak day trip (See Visitors - Water sports)
Kayak or canoe on the longest, free-flowing of black water river in the Southeast. Paddle through miles of undeveloped shoreline to observe nature at its purest. Don't forget to bring the camera.
2. Picnic along the shore
After a day paddling along the Edisto River, relax on the shore with a picnic and enjoy the sunshine of the afternoon.
Option 6 – Colleton State Park (Hwy 15, Canadys), 843-538-8206
The main roads at the park and in the campground are paved. Each site is packed sand and has individual water and electrical hookups. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, others up to 25 feet. The campground is convenient to restrooms with hot showers.
Enjoy fishing in the Edisto River for bream, redbreast and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required. This park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept of Natural Resources. Rods and reels are available for loan at the park office.
This park serves as the headquarters for the Edisto River canoe and kayak trail. A canoe trail between Colleton and Givhans Ferry is 21 miles by river and 15 miles by highway. Thirteen to fifteen paddling time is required for the full distance depending on current. ..
Option 7 – Mountain Biking in Donnelley Wildlife Area
(585 Donnelley Dr, off Hwy 17), 843-844-8957, www.dnr.sc.gov/mlands
Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch in one of the many beautiful spots in the wildlife area.