A Menagerie of Art: South Carolina Artisans Center

Are you looking for an extraordinary piece of artwork for you or someone special? Look no further than South Carolina Artisans Center.

South Carolina Artisans Center
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

Located in the heart of Walterboro the South Carolina Artisan Center has something special for you. No matter your budget or how large or small the piece, you will surely find that one of a kind gem here.

Art at SC Artisans Center
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

The South Carolina Artisans Center did not start out in the eight room Victorian house they use now. Beside their current location you can see their original small house. It was from this humble abode they formed in 1994. It served as their initial base of operations for thirteen years while they began to sell artwork. Their inventory soon grew larger than this small facility could hold. After contemplation and considering a relocation close to Interstate 95, they decided to keep their center downtown and add on to the old Victorian next door. The South Carolina Artisans Center now uses it to serve as the epicenter of commerce you see today.

Original South Carolina Artisans Center     Current South Carolina Artisans Center

(Left Picture – Original House, Right Picture – Current House; Photography: Keelie Robinson)

Upon arriving at the South Carolina Artisans Center you enter the driveway and parking can be found behind the house. At this old Victorian, as in true southern hospitality, good friends enter through the backdoor.

south carolina artisans center
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

When crossing that threshold you’ll be amazed at the sights. There is more artwork than one could possibly take in. You’ll see artwork made out of wood, metal, pottery, textiles, glass, and far more.

artwork made of wood, pottery, metal
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

Here’s a fun fact!! The South Carolina Artisans Center became the Official Folk Art and Craft Center of South Carolina in 1998 as designated by our state legislators.

official folk and art center of south carolina
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

All of the 200 plus artists featured here are residents of South Carolina. Also, you will find an artist featured from 35 out of our 46 South Carolina counties.

South Carolina based artists
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

In order to be a featured artist, one must go through a two step review process. The first is submitting five images of the proposed piece of work to the panel. If approved an artist must personally come in with their piece for a second review. Pieces are only accepted in March and September, so make sure to see their website for more details.

become a featured artist at south carolina artisans center
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

If an artist is selected they will get to showcase their artwork and place it up for sale through consignment.

showcase your art at south carolina artisans center
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

When entering, as per usual in our SC Lowcountry, expect to be greeted with a warm smile and a friendly welcome. Some days you can even find local artists stocking their masterpieces. Make sure to take your time and walk through every room. You don’t want to miss that one piece calling your name!

stained glass art of sail boat
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

While looking around I found a hand painted piece of art I just had to have! I grabbed my new found treasure and drifted over to the sales clerk. While she was ringing me up she gave me a brief biography of the artist. I was in awe of her knowledge, the details, and the narrative she painted of my purchase. (🤭 pun intended y’all!) It made my purchase fun and super personal.

learn about south carolina artists
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

Big things are coming! In a few short years the South Carolina Artisans Center will be celebrating 30 years. They are planning a shindig to celebrate the occasion. Also, they’re looking to expand their horizon with regular events. As of now they have the Artist Handmade Series. It happens every third Saturday of the month and allows folks to come chat with the artist.

artist handmade series at south carolina artisans center
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

I can’t wait to see what the future holds and to watch how they grow more NATURALLY AMAZING!

 

 

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South Carolina Lowcountry: What is it all about?

What is the meaning of Lowcountry? Merriam Webster defines it as “a low-lying country or region especiallythe part of a southern state extending from the seacoast inland to the fall line.” South Carolinians define it as a geographical location and cultural mindset.  But for me… It is more than that!

It’s Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper, the four counties that make up the SC Lowcountry Tourism area. These four counties offer a myriad of unbelievable experiences for all.

On any given day in lowcountry you can:

 

Take a walk under the old oak trees covered in Spanish moss.

oak trees covered in spanish moss
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

 

Feel the sand between your toes as you enjoy our gorgeous beaches.

child playing on beach with bubbles
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

 

Pedal your way around our lush naturescapes.

bike through sc lowcountry
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

 

Soak up some history at one of our many museums, former plantations, or historical churches and structures.

historical churches of sc lowcountry
(Photography: Keelie Robinson)

 

Become one with nature as you spy an alligator, deer, or Great Blue Heron paddling down a lazy Lowcountry river.

kayaker on lowcountry river
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

 

Stroll along our beaches as you scavenge for shark teeth.

shark teeth found in sc lowcountry
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

 

Immerse yourself in the hunt for the next big fish.

fisherman in sc lowcountry
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

 

Step off the beaten path to find our numerous hidden gems.

sunset in sc lowcountry
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

 

Window shop our local boutiques and stores.

shopping in boutiques of sc lowcountry
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

 

Spy an array of birds in our Wildlife Refuges and Wildlife Management Areas

bird watchers in sc lowcountry
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

Meander along our waterfront parks.

water front park in sc lowcountry
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

 

Savor a bounty of renowned local cuisine fresh from the sea and our nearby farms.

fresh local food in sc lowcountry
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

 

Unwind and relax as you revel in a lowcountry sunset.

couple relaxing sc lowcountry
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

 

Welcome our lowcountry culture into your heart and mind as you are transported back in time.

culture of sc lowcountry
(Photography: Lowcountry Tourism Commission)

Come along and we’ll explore this region, south of Charleston and north of Savannah, to find what makes the SC Lowcountry NATURALLY AMAZING!

 

 

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Are you ready to celebrate the season? Our March calendar is busy.

March is upon us and so are all the festivities that come with it! The Lowcountry is busy with festivals and activities to keep us entertained all month.

Bluffton Artisan Market

Bluffton will be starting off the month’s festivities with the inaugural Bluffton Night Bazaar held under the twinkling lights of the Burnt Church Distillery courtyard. This new monthly event features local artisans, live music, food & drink.

Bluffton Charities Oyster Roast

The Beaufort Charities Oyster Roast is just a few days away, on March 5th at Live Oaks Park in Port Royal.  In its 17th year, the Oyster Roast features all you can eat Beaufort oysters from 1-8 pm. Entertainment will be provided by local bands The Entertainers and Steel Rail Express. The event also includes premium micro-brews, a full day children’s program, live auctions, and local vendors offering varied fairs.

Walterboro History, Arts & Music Festival

Walterboro is excited to announce the return of the Walterboro History, Arts & Music Festival. This festival celebrates local history along with visual and performing arts added into the mix. Artists, performers, reenactors, storytellers, musicians and more entertain the crowds that come from near and far. The festival will be held in various locations throughout Walterboro, March 7-12.

Beaufort History Museum Revolutionary War Events

The Beaufort History Museum will host two Revolutionary War events March
11-12, 2022, as part of its anticipation of the 250th anniversary of the war in 2026.
On Friday, March 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m., at the St. Helena Island Public Library, 6355 Jonathan
Francis Sr. Rd., Rita Elliott will discuss the Battle of Purrysburg, S.C., and later
archaeological dig discoveries made at the battle site.
On Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Beaufort History Museum, 713 Craven
St., re-enactors from the 5th Company, 4th South Carolina Regiment will conduct a live-fire
demonstration with period artillery. The team will be set up in the walled Arsenal Courtyard and provide a unique educational opportunity for visitors of all ages. Live cannon demonstrations are planned at 30-minute intervals throughout the day starting at 10:30 AM. Both events are free and open to the public.

Pinnacle Bank Hilton Head Shamrock 5k

Dust off your green because the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is BACK!! It’s time to turn out for South Carolina’s oldest St Patrick’s Day Parade. Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Hilton Head Island during the 27th Annual Pinnacle Bank Hilton Head Shamrock 5K. Hilton Head’s Annual “Running of the Green” will be held on Saturday morning March 12th at 7:30am.

Hilton Head St. Patrick's Day

Next on the agenda is the Hilton Head St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. Come view the 2nd Annual Boat Parade as it cruises down Broad Creek, followed by an Irish concert at Lowcountry Celebration Park. The parade is the grand finale! It will proudly march down Pope Avenue Sunday, March 13th at 3pm.

Sham Rocked Sip & Stroll 2022

Join Beaufort March 12th in historic downtown as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a fun way! The Sham Rocked Sip & Stroll 2022 offers several ticket options from 10am – 2pm. Each attendee receives a Sip & Stroll t-shirt, swag bag, and access to all the goodie stations spread throughout downtown Beaufort. Goodie stations will feature either a cocktail, something yummy or something swag for you to have during your stroll. Downtown merchants will be open for shopping during or after the stroll. Restaurants will be featuring lunch and dinner specials as well! So grab your gal pals, friends, family, or significant other for a fun filled day in downtown Beaufort during the Sip & Stroll!

Hardeeville's Lowcountry Pow Wow and Cultural Festival

Soak up some local culture at Hardeeville’s Lowcountry Pow Wow and Cultural Festival March 12-13th. Millstone Landing is the backdrop for this festival that sets out to educate the public about Native Americans. It also creates a gathering place for Native people to celebrate their culture. The event features Aztec dancing, drumming, arts & crafts, native campsites, demonstrations, food and much more.

Beaufort Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival

Beaufort’s Town Center will be the site for their Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This outdoor event will showcase a variety of wholesome activities for people of all ages. The 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Beaufort Town Center is a free, family-fun celebration benefiting the Beaufort Area Hospitality Association. The event will take place on Saturday, March 19 from 12-4pm. Area restaurants and food trucks will be selling food and drinks and there will be live entertainment including a bagpipe player, local music, and much more! This family-fun event will have activities for all ages! We will also have festive drinks available for the adults!

Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival

The Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival takes place the last week of March. This week-long celebration combines the fruits of global wine partnerships, signature Lowcountry cuisine, grassroots cultural happenings, and the authentic fabric of a unique community. Join us as we celebrate the 36th anniversary of this annual Hilton Head Island rite of passage. Experience for yourself this year’s schedule of events including spectacular celebrity chef showcases, intriguing wine education sessions, live entertainment and of course the famed Grand and Public Tasting events.

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The Mighty Southern Live Oak Tree

The live oak in the front yard of Frampton Plantation is estimated to be around 300 years old. Photo by Lowcountry Tourism Commission.

When you think of the south, you conjure images of the mighty live oak trees dripping in Spanish moss. These magnificent trees stand sentry around homes and lead the way down country lanes. The specimens that surround Frampton Plantation House have been around for 300 years. In fact, it was noted that after the original house was burned during the Civil War, the home was rebuilt in a different spot between four live oaks. All four trees are still alive and thriving today. In fact, these very trees have been reaching for the sun since c.1743.

Picnic under the southern live oaks in the backyard of Frampton Plantation Visitors Center. We’re conveniently located off I-95, at Exit 33 in Yemassee. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Live Oak trees are always up for company. Along the southern coast, live oaks live life beside Spanish moss and resurrection fern. Neither plant causes harm, they both feed from humidity and air. Resurrection fern grows along the tops of branches, turning green during rain and humidity, then brown when the air is dry. Spanish moss drapes gracefully from branches, feeding from water and nutrients found in the air.

Live oak branches tend to grow horizontally, dipping down then reaching back up toward the sun. This Tomotley Plantation tree is no exception. Photo by CJ Brown.

The branches of southern live oaks tend to grow horizontally, spreading across the landscape. Being a product of the south, I can attest to the fact that they make great climbing trees. If you were lucky enough to grow up with a live oak in your yard, there were always hordes of kids who wanted to climb, swing or picnic in the shade of these magnificent trees.  

Spanish moss and live oaks make a perfect backdrop for a Lowcountry wedding. Cotton Hall Plantation is available for just such an occasion. Photo by Cotton Hall.

Live oaks can grow to a height of 80 feet high. Given the room to grow, they can spread 100 feet wide. They grow at a rate of 13 – 24 inches per year. They grow in sun and shade and will thrive in just about any kind of soil. They can be found along the beach, deep in the forest, and everywhere in between. Mature live oaks can have a diameter of 6 feet. Some of the oldest live oaks are estimated to be several hundred to more than a thousand years old.

This 300 year old live oak stands watch in front of the Frampton Plantation house. Photo by Lowcountry Tourism Commission.

Southern live oak trees are nearly evergreen. They replace their leaves sporadically, so we never notice their shedding process. They produce sweet acorns that are a favorite food source of both birds and mammals. Wild turkey and deer are especially fond of this delicacy.

While live oaks can be found from Virginia to Florida and as far west as Texas and Oklahoma, the Southern live oak grows best in salty soils along the coast. Like most southerners, this tree is particularly fond of warm temperatures and salty breezes.

This lovely home on Hampton Street in Walterboro has a yard complete with a live oak. Photo by Lowcountry Tourism Commission.

The wood from southern live oaks is very dense and strong. It was once a preferred wood for shipbuilding. The naval vessel USS Constitution was made from the wood of live oaks. Repeated cannon fire could not destroy the ship during the War of 1812. The British cannons literally bounced off the live oak hull of the ship. The ship was nicknamed “Old Ironsides” after it survived the attack. Many older homes are floored with wood from these magnificent trees. Oak flooring is durable and takes on a golden hue with age and wear.  Structural beams and posts were also made from the strong wood of live oaks.

Live oak alleys can be seen throughout the Lowcountry. Some of the most popular can be found on Edisto Island and Lady’s Island, Beaufort. Many older plantation properties are distinguished by their alley of live oaks. Planted on both sides of lanes, the branches reach across and form a canopy across the roadways. Old Sheldon Road is a wonderful example of a live oak canopy. Nestled between Yemassee and Beaufort, this road leads to the Old Sheldon Church Ruins.

Old Sheldon road connects with Cotton Hall Road. This canopied road is home to several plantation entrances with live oak alleys. Both Tomotley and Cotton Hall Plantation entrances are visible. Yemassee’s McPhersonville Road is another great place to view a canopy.

Iconic oak alleys can be found on the route to Edisto Beach. ACE Basin and Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Areas both have canopied entrances. They can be accessed via Highway 174.

Most of Bluffton’s Hwy 46 is covered in a live oak canopy. Pinckney Colony is lined with aged oaks as well.

The Beaufort Sea Islands are also great places to spend the day driving under the oaks. Coffin Point, Meridian and Lands End Road are good examples.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and Hwy 17 just south of Ridgeland are good spots in Jasper County to view the trees. Colleton County’s Donnelley Wildlife Management Area is another great place to drive through and see live oaks. Hampton County’s Webb Wildlife Management Area also has many examples of southern live oaks.

Resurrection fern is best seen after a good rain. This live oak can be found in the backyard of Frampton Plantation Visitors Center in Yemassee. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.
Resurrection fern and Spanish moss intermingle along the branches of this southern live oak tree that can be found in the front yard of Frampton Plantation Visitors Center. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.
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SC Lowcountry…

nestled between Charleston and Savannah, this natural paradise awaits your visit!

Just south of Charleston and north of Savannah, a natural paradise awaits your visit! The historic Kings Highway 17 travels through the beautiful SC Lowcountry and these protected treasures. The area that lies between Charleston and Savannah is a nature lover’s paradise. Here you will find wildlife management areas, nature trails, church ruins and a welcome center located in a historic house.

Start your journey at the Frampton Plantation & Lowcountry Visitors Center. We have all the information you need and a kind staff to deliver all the secrets to enjoying the SC Lowcountry. Our historic property used to be a part of a 4,000 acre cotton plantation. The original home was burned during the Civil War, but the current structure was rebuilt in 1868. Only four acres remains of the property today, but we are using them wisely. The backyard is the perfect spot for a picnic and take the dogs on a walk throughout the woods. We will also give directions to the Old Sheldon Church Ruins, which are just up the street. 1 Low Country Lane, Yemassee, SC, I-95, Exit 33.

Old Sheldon church Ruins photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The Old Sheldon church Ruins were burned during the Revolutionary War, rebuilt, then demolished during the Civil War. This site is a must-see for anyone traveling from Charleston to Savannah. It’s only a two-mile detour off the route. While travelling down Highway 17, Old Sheldon Church Road is just past the turn to Beaufort.

Explore the trails at Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo found on Walterboro website.
  1. Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary

There is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary located in the middle of the historic and picturesque city of Walterboro, SC. Easily reached from I-95, the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place to leave the traffic behind, stretch your legs and enjoy nature. The sanctuary contains a network of boardwalks, hiking, biking and canoe trails that are perfect for viewing a diversity of a black water bottomland habitat.

Detreville Rd (Off Hwy 17A)
Walterboro, SC
843-782-6081

The antebellum Oak Grove Plantation House still stands. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

2. ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge

The Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge is home to a vast array of waterfowl, fish, shellfish and many other animals. It is also the home of Oak Grove Plantation House. A walk behind the house leads visitors to the former rice fields. Rows, dikes, trunks, and gates are still visible today. The paths are marked and meander around the rice fields and through wooded areas. Make sure to bring your camera and be on the lookout for wildlife.

8675 Willtown Rd
Hollywood, SC  29449
843-889-3084

Hike the trails or stroll the beach at Edisto Beach State Park. Photo by Dale Gingerich.

3. Edisto Beach State Park

The Edisto Beach State Park has 4 miles of ADA accessible trails for hiking and biking. These trails take you through maritime forest, historic monuments, and a Native American shell mound. These trails are also great for bird watching. Many shore and wading birds can be seen here.

8377 State Cabin Rd
Edisto Island, SC
843-869-2156

Step back in time at Donnelley Wildlife Management Areas. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

4. Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Donnelley is a favorite spot for tourists and locals alike. It is located on Hwy 17 in Green Pond (between Yemassee and Jacksonboro) in the heart of the ACE Basin. Open from dawn to dusk, this is a great place to glimpse Lowcountry nature at its finest. The property features a historic rice field system, which is now managed to attract waterfowl and migratory birds. The drive is pleasantly lined with beautiful old live oaks.

585 Donnelley Dr.
Green Pond, SC

Hike the trails, fish or just relax at Lake Warren State Park. Photo by SC Lowcountry Tourism Commission.

5. Lake Warren State Park

Lake Warren State Park is located just outside Hampton. The park provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation. A wide variety of wildlife can be found in the floodplain forest, wetlands and woodlands of the park. While walking in the park look for deer, armadillo, turtles, raccoons, squirrels… Be on the lookout for alligators, snakes and birds along the shores of the lake.

1079 Lake Warren Road
Hampton, SC
803-943-5051

The Spanish Moss Trail is the perfect spot to hike or bike through Beaufort. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

6. Spanish Moss Trail

The Spanish Moss Trail is an expanding rails-to-trail greenway running from northern Beaufort County to Port Royal along the historic Magnolia Line Railroad. This 10-mile greenway has become a must-experience activity for locals and tourists alike. The 12-foot-wide paved trail is a great space for walking, running, biking, skating, scooting, strolling or even fishing. The trail is handicap accessible, and parking is provided.

Beaufort County
Access points can be found HERE

Hunting Island State Park must be experienced to be believed. Photo by SC Lowcountry Tourism Commission.

7. Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island State Park is the most popular park in the state. Over one million visitors visit each year. The Lowcountry barrier island contains five miles of beautiful beaches, a saltwater lagoon along with 5,000 acres of maritime forest and marsh. Hunting Island is also home to the state’s only publicly accessible lighthouse. Visitors are encouraged to climb the 167 steps to the top and observe the breath-taking views of the maritime forest and beach from 130 feet above.

2555 Sea Island Pkwy
Hunting Island, SC
843-838-2011

The Blue Heron Nature Trail circles a lake and ventures into forested wetlands. Photo by Lyn Boyles.

8. Blue Heron Nature Trail

This in-town green space boasts a nature trail that travels around a three-acre pond and through forested wetlands filled with ferns and native plants. The property also includes a butterfly garden, picnic area, outdoor classroom, observation decks, and a Nature Center. Permanent trailside displays help visitors learn more about the native flora and fauna of Jasper County and the Lowcountry.

321 Bailey Lane
Ridgeland, SC
843-726-7611

Hike the trails or rent kayaks or canoes at Sgt. Jasper Park. Photo by SC Lowcountry Tourism Commission.

9. Sgt. Jasper Park

Sgt. Jasper Park is conveniently located off I-95, at Exit 8. After exiting the interstate, point toward Hilton Head and turn left at the first traffic light. Follow the road around until you bump into the park entrance. Trails are located on both sides of the road. Some trails are wheelchair accessible. This is a great place to get off the interstate and stretch your legs. Dogs are welcome here, on a leash. A trail map is available in the park office.

458 Red Dam Rd.
Hardeeville, SC
843-784-5130

The former rice fields of Savannah National Wildlife Refuge are filled with local wildlife. Photo by Becky Mathews.

10. Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors from sunrise to sunset every day. You can observe and photograph wildlife, fish, or during the season, hunt white-tailed deer. Make the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center your first stop when visiting the refuge. Located on Hwy 17 between Hardeeville and Savannah, it is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but closed Sundays and all federal holidays.

694 Beech Hill Ln
Hardeeville, SC
843-784-2468

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SC State Parks of the Lowcountry

The view from Hunting Island’s lighthouse is breathtaking. Photo from subaruoutback.org.

South Carolina is a beautiful state. Our landscape includes beaches, mountains, and everything in between. Much of our natural beauty is preserved in state parks. These destinations are meticulously maintained for your enjoyment. Whether your visit is for a day, or an extended holiday, the SC Lowcountry has five state parks that each hold special treasures.

Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island State Park is the most popular park in the state. Over one million visitors visit each year. The Lowcountry barrier island contains five miles of beautiful beaches, a saltwater lagoon along with 5,000 acres of maritime forest and marsh. Hunting Island is also home to the state’s only publicly accessible lighthouse. Visitors are encouraged to climb the 167 steps to the top and observe the breath-taking views of the maritime forest and beach from 130 feet above.

Hunting Island camping photo from the Dyrt.

Hunting Island State park also has a 100-site campground that sits directly on the beach. Amenities include water and electrical hookups, shower and restroom facilities, beach walkways and a playground. There is also one cabin near the lighthouse. Visiting the park’s nature center should be on your list of things to do. There you can see interesting creatures and regularly scheduled programs for you to enjoy.

Every time you visit Hunting Island, visitors notice change. This barrier island is a temporary stop for many migrating birds as well as those who stick around all year. The ocean forces have been known to wreak havoc on the coastline, which is ever-changing. The saltwater lagoon was created by sand dredging in 1968. This beautiful waterway is a great area for kayaking, crabbing and fishing. Seahorses and barracuda have also been spotted in the lagoon. This area is also a great backdrop for a picnic on a sunny day.

The maritime forest of Hunting Island was used in the films Forrest Gump and Jungle Book.
Photo found on Trip Advisor.

Higher inland areas of the park contain some of the state’s best examples of semi-tropical maritime forest and ancient sand dunes. The dunes are now covered in slash pines, cabbage palmetto and live oaks. Nature trails are interwoven throughout this area for closer inspection. Look for deer and raccoons when traveling through the forest. Alligators can be spotted in the freshwater ponds. The island is also a great spot for bird watching. Painted buntings, tanagers and orioles can be spotted in the trees. Pelicans, oystercatchers, skimmers, terns, herons, egrets and wood storks can be seen along the shores and in the sky.

The beaches on Hunting Island are important habitat for shorebirds and sea birds. They use the beach to feed, and nest. Migrating birds use the beach as well.  Some areas of the beach designated for birds only. Guests are always encouraged to keep out of posted areas and keep dogs on a leash to protect these important birding grounds. The beaches of Hunting Island are also important nesting areas for loggerhead sea turtles during the summer months.

The Marsh Boardwalk photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The park has several hiking trails that make their way across the island. These trails are easy and can be combined to lengthen the experience. The trails wind along the lagoon and through the maritime forest through various wildlife habitats. They can also take you deep into the interior of the maritime forest where the habitat supports a population of deer, raccoon, owls, hawks and squirrels. The Marsh Boardwalk Trail is a designated National Recreational Trail. It is a wooden boardwalk that leads to a dock that provides a great area for viewing life in the salt marsh. The dock is also the perfect spot for observing beautiful sunsets. There is even a hiking trail from the campground to the lighthouse so campers can walk to the iconic landmark without getting into traffic or dealing with the effects of high tide. More experienced hikers will enjoy the Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail. This moderately strenuous trail is for experienced hikers and mountain bikers only.

Hunting Island lighthouse image found on the State Parks website.

Climbing to the top of the historic Hunting Island Lighthouse should be on the bucket list of anyone visiting the island. Anyone over the height of 44” can climb the 167 steps to the top where the views are worth the trip. From the top you can see a panoramic view of the maritime forest and Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse is open daily, except for Christmas day and in the event of inclement weather. The original lighthouse was built in 1859. It was destroyed during the Civil War, then rebuilt in 1875. It was built of interchangeable cast-iron sections so it could be dismantled if it ever needs to be moved. This proved beneficial because that is exactly what happened in 1889. The lighthouse was moved 1.3 miles inland due to beach erosion. In 2003 cracks were discovered in several of the cast iron steps leading up.  A crew spent more than 18 months making repairs and installing steel braces beneath the stairs for reinforcement. The braces were left unpainted, which creates a contrast with the original structure which protects the lighthouse’s historic integrity.

If you haven’t already, make plans to visit Hunting Island State Park. Climb to the top of the lighthouse. Enjoy the sunrise as you walk along the beach. Search for shells and shark’s teeth along the surf. Stop at the nature center and view the alligators. Experience the sunset from the Marsh Boardwalk and explore the eight miles of walking and biking trails. Come to the place where time stands still, and memories last a lifetime.

Hunting Island State Park
2555 Sea Island Pkwy
Hunting Island, SC 29920
843-838-2011

For more information on this and other SC Lowcountry state parks visit https://southcarolinalowcountry.com/state-parks/

For more information on other Beaufort County attractions visit https://southcarolinalowcountry.com/beaufort-port-royal-area/

Edisto Beach State Park

If you are in search of a great oceanfront campground, look no further than Edisto Beach State Park. The park is rich in Native American history, wildlife, hiking and biking opportunities, as well as two campgrounds, cabins and 1.5 miles of pristine shell-covered beachfront. The park is made up of 1,255 acres of maritime forest along the beautiful SC coastline. There you will find the environmental learning center, ranger station, and welcome station.

Seashells are abundant at Edisto Island State Park. Photo by Danie Becknell.

Edisto Beach, along with its neighboring Botany Bay, is famous for its seashells. While Botany Bay does not allow the collection of shells, Edisto Beach State Park does. The Edisto Beach State Park also has 4 miles of ADA accessible trails for hiking and biking. These trails take you through maritime forest, historic monuments, and a Native American shell mound. These trails are also great for bird watching. Many shore and wading birds can be seen here.  The park is a nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles. You can also spot white-tailed deer, raccoons, alligators, bobcats, and opossums.

Furnished cabins sit nestled in the woods, and campsites can be found along the Edisto Island oceanfront or in the shaded maritime forest. There are 120 campsites that accommodate RVs or tents. There are seven cabins located on the salt marsh.

Campsites are only steps away from the ocean at Edisto Beach State Park.
Photo by Trina Truong.

While visiting the environmental learning center you can learn about the ACE Basin and more, featuring interactive displays including a touch tank. The ACE Basin is an estuary that is made from the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers. This is the largest undeveloped estuary along the Atlantic Coast. Mornings at Edisto State Park can be spent hunting for turtle tracks. You can also cast a line and enjoy some of the island’s best fishing in Scott Creek Inlet.  If you’re a boater, launch into Big Bay Creek and enjoy a day of fishing or exploring the waters of the ACE Basin.

Relax and breath in the salt air at Edisto Beach State Park.
Photo by Barbara Hatlaban.

The park also includes picnic shelters and a park store. The park offers a mile and a half of beach where surf fishing is allowed.
Other locations include Steamboat Landing, Old bridge replaced by the McKinley Washington Bridge, and along the banks of Scott’s Creek along the Spanish Mount trail. There is also a small dock in the cabin area for cabin guests only. 

Hike the trails at Edisto Beach State Park.
Photo by Elizabeth Faulkner.

For more information on the park and other fun things to do in the Edisto Beach area visit southcarolinalowcountry.com/edisto-beach/. For day trip ideas visit southcarolinalowcountry.com/edisto-beach/day-trips.

Edisto Beach State Park
8377 State Cabin Rd
Edisto Island, SC 29438
843-869-2156

Lake Warren State Park

Sunsets at Lake Warren State Park are remarkable. Photo by
LennyDrew Armstrong.

Lake Warren State Park is located just outside Hampton. The park provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation. A wide variety of wildlife can be found in the floodplain forest, wetlands and woodlands of the park. While walking in the park look for deer, armadillo, turtles, raccoons, squirrels… Be on the lookout for alligators, snakes and birds along the shores of the lake. The 200-acre lake is perfect for freshwater fishing and boating. The park also has a 2-acre fishing pond. There are two boat ramps that provide access to the lake. Motors are limited to 10-horsepower. Jon boats are also available for rent.

Fish or sightsee from the pier at Lake Warren State Park.
Photo by SC Lowcountry Tourism Commission.

If you enjoy hiking, the park has three nature trails. Trail locations can be found on the park MAP. The Nature Trail is a 1.25-mile loop that travels through the woods and ends at the fishing pond. Interpretive signs are placed along this trail to increase your knowledge of local wildlife. The Fit Trail has 10 exercise stations. This .0-mile loop is located among the wildlife in a mixed pine forest. The Yemassee Trail skirts along the bank of Lake Warren. Watch for birds and other wildlife including snakes and alligators.

Take a break from hiking on this dock at Lake Warren State Park.
Photo by Jennifer Mohorovic.

Pets are welcome at the park. The trails are a great place to walk your dog. Dogs must always be kept under physical restraint or on a leash. The park also has picnic shelters and a playground. It’s a great place to spend a sunny day. If you’re looking to fish, hike, play or relax, Lake Warren State Park is the perfect destination for you.

Lake Warren State Park is a great spot for photographers. Photo by Bruce Fisher.

For more ideas visit https://southcarolinalowcountry.com/hampton-brunson-estill-day-trips/

Lake Warren State Park
1079 Lake Warren Road
Hampton, SC 29924
803-943-5051

Colleton State Park

Canoeing and kayaking on the Edisto River is a fun pastime for visitors at the Colleton State Park.
Photo by southcarolinaparks.com.

The Colleton State Park is a paddlers paradise. The 35-acre park is conveniently located off I-95 at Exit 68. The park provides easy access to the Edisto River, one of the longest free-flowing, blackwater rivers in the country, and serves as the headquarters for the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail. Although it is the smallest of South Carolina’s state parks, it connects to Givhans Ferry State Park 23 miles away via the Edisto River.

Campsites overlook the river at Colleton State Park. Photo by Jason P.

If you are interested in camping, fishing, picnicking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, birdwatching, geocaching or biking, this park is perfect for you. Other amenities at Colleton include an easy nature trail, a campground, picnic shelters and ballfields. There is also an air-conditioned cabin that is available that overlooks the Edisto River. This rustic cabin sleeps six and includes two sets of bunk beds, heating and air conditioning, a fireplace, indoor lights, electrical outlets small refrigerator and microwave. The 25 campsites come complete with water and electricity.

Hike the trails at Colleton State Park. Photo by Maryann F.

The Cypress Swamp Nature Trail runs along the bank of the Edisto River. This easy trail has a self-guided nature brochure, and the trail has numbered signs to help identify a variety of trees and plants including cypress, poplar, hickory, sweetgum, maple, dogwood, birch, and magnolia. You can follow the canoe dock boardwalk spur trail to the dark water of Edisto River. Watch for a variety of birds, deer, turtles, snakes, and other wildlife.

The Colleton State Park borders the Edisto River. Photo by Jon Lugoff.

Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.

Whether it’s boating, fresh-water fishing or just sharing stories around the campfire, you’ll find everything you need to at Colleton State Park.

Colleton State Park
147 Wayside Ln
Walterboro, SC 29488
843-538-8206

Givhans Ferry State Park

Givhans Ferry State Park is nestled along the Edisto River. It’s the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Camping spots and cabins are available for rent. Four cabins with screened back porches overlook the river. Separate sites are available for tent, RV and primitive camping. There’s even a riverfront hall that’s available for events. The hall was built during the Roosevelt administration during the Great Depression as a part of the New Deal Program. As a matter of fact, the entire park was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which provided jobs during the 1930’s which addressed the need for the country to conserve natural beauty and create recreational spots to enjoy nature.

Givhans Ferry State Park also borders the Edisto River. Photo by Trinity Ford.

Once upon a time, this site was the crossing point for a ferry to move travelers across the Edisto River on the road from Augusta to Charleston. It was named after Phillip Givhan, the area ferry master during the late 1700’s. His granddaughter’s burial site is located on park property. The park’s riverbanks are protected as a Heritage Trust Site.

Givhans Ferry State Park is part of the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail. Photo by Trinity Ford.

Givhans Ferry State Park is a part of the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail. Bring your gear and have someone drop you off at the Colleton State Park for the 23-mile paddling adventure that will bring you back to the park. The Edisto River is the longest free-flowing blackwater river in North America. View rare plants that thrive along the limestone bluffs as you paddle along the riverbanks. Plan on this trip taking between seven and nine hours.

Hike through the forest at Givhans Ferry State Park. Photo by Trinity Ford.

A hike along the 1.5-mile River Bluff Nature Trail is another good way to see the flora and fauna found at Givhans Ferry State Park.  Hike across moderately steep slopes and a canal and overlook the river from the bluffs. View Cypress trees that grow majestically from the river floor. Don’t forget to look for local wildlife along the trail. The trail is an excellent spot for birdwatching.

If you enjoy casting a line, fishing gear can be obtained at the park office. The park participates in the Park Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. A valid SC fishing license is required. Fish for flathead, catfish, red breast, channel catfish, largemouth bass, striped bass, shellcrackers, blue catfish and eels. Fish from the riverbank or bring along the boat. Access to a boat ramp can be found just a few miles away from the park.

Swimming is permitted at the park. No lifeguard is on duty and all swimming is at your own risk. Geocaching is also permitted. Several are located throughout the park. Souvenirs are available at the park store. There you will find t-shirts, caps, mugs, patches and other goodies.

RV and primitive campsites are available at Givhans Ferry State Park along with cabin rentals.
Photo by Gene Dennis.

The park encompasses 988 acres of natural habitat. Amenities include 35 campsites with electrical and water hook-up, four 2-bedroom cabins, and a site for primitive group camping. Two picnic shelters and a playground are also available. The park also has volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and games that are available for check-out at the park office. A Wi-Fi signal can be found at the park office. Make your reservations today to enjoy all that nature has to offer at the Givhan’s Ferry State Park.

Givhans Ferry State Park
746 Givhans Ferry Rd.
Ridgeville, SC 29472
843-873-0692

Reservations for all South Carolina State Park Campgrounds can be made by calling 1-866-345-7275. Visit the South Carolina State Parks Website for more information on these, and other parks in the Palmetto State.

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Cruise Comes to the Lowcountry

Boat for National Geographic Cruise
Cruise on National Geographic’s Sea Lion. Photo found on nationalgeographic.com.

Along the coastline of the SC Lowcountry are a string of wild and beautiful barrier islands. This wilderness landscape is teaming with unspoiled wetlands, beaches, dunes, and maritime forests. Book passage with the National Geographic Sea Lion to explore the history, parks, and refuges along the Lowcountry coastline.

Live Oaks - national geographic cruise
Canopies of live oaks, dripping with Spanish moss cover the barrier islands of the Lowcountry.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The trip begins in Charleston and sails down the coast to Beaufort and Port Royal. Visit downtown Beaufort, Old Sheldon Church Ruins, the Port Royal Museum and St. Helena’s Penn Center; the site of the first school for freed slaves. The day is capped off with a visit to Lady’s Island Oysters for a tasting of this local delicacy.

St. Phillip's Island - national geographic cruise
St. Phillips Island is a nature lover’s paradise.
Photo by Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The next day will be spent between visits to St. Phillips Island and Edisto Island. St, Phillips Island is an undeveloped treasure that is now part of Hunting Island State Park. It was previously owned and protected by Ted Turner. Hike trails that travel from sand dunes to salt marshes and maritime forests. The island habitat protects migrating warblers, roseate spoonbills, alligators, loggerhead sea turtles, deer, fox squirrels and much more.  

The entrance to Edisto Island’s Botany Bay is at the end of this live oak canopy.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Travel ashore at Edisto Island to see Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area. This spot was once the home of two plantations. Its iconic entrance is covered with a majestic canopy of live oaks. The 4,600-acre site is comprised of unspoiled beach, coastal forests, and historic plantation ruins. It is home to many animals and birds.

South Carolina Lowcountry - national geographic cruise
It’s always a good day for a hike in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The trip winds back up the coast to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Discover area wildlife and history. Watch for dolphins as you cruise the shore in a Zodiac or hike the trails of the refuge. Don’t forget to take pictures as you cruise past the Cape Romain Lighthouse.

Barrier Islands - national geographic cruise
The waterways surrounding the SC Lowcountry barrier islands are the perfect habitat for wildlife.
Photo found on nationalgeographic.com.

The last day will be spent in the waterways of the Francis Marion National Forest. This black water region is home to old growth bald cypress trees, turtles, birds, sunning reptiles and much more.

Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area - National Geographic Cruise
Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area’s beach is unspoiled and covered in seashells.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Book passage as for this cruise that begins in April 2022. Visit NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM for dates and additional information! For more information about the South Carolina Lowcountry visit SOUTHCAROLINALOWCOUNTRY.COM.

 

 

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Camping in the Lowcountry

Fall is the perfect time for a camping trip to the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Fall temperatures in the South Carolina Lowcountry are perfect for spending time in nature. The cool mornings, mild days and campfire-worthy evenings are ideal for camping.  Spending time outdoors is a wonderful way to escape the grind and recharge the batteries!

Water activities - camping in the lowcountry

Is summer heat too much for you? Do mosquitoes and no-see-ums send you running for the door? Fall is the perfect time for you! Reservations are easier to find after Labor Day when schools are back in session. Temperatures cool, humidity drops, and pesky biting insects begin to disappear.

bike trails - camping in the lowcountry
Load the bikes and head to Pinckney Island to spend the day.
Image by SC Lowcountry Tourism Commission.

Three state parks in the Lowcountry have camping facilities. Private campgrounds are also located across the area. While some are designed as destinations, others are perfect for a short stop during a long haul. Campgrounds located along I-95 are great for using as a hub to visit all the major attractions across the Lowcountry.

canoeing - camping in the lowcountry
Canoe or kayak at Sargent Jasper Park, located beside Camp Lake Jasper in Hardeeville.
Image by SC Lowcountry Tourism Commission.

Beaufort County

Hunting Island State Park is the South Carolina’s most popular state park. The campground is located at the northern end of the island. The campground has 100 campsites with water and electrical hookups, shower and restroom facilities, beach walkways and a playground.

Enjoy the many miles of walking trails that wind throughout the park. Climb the state’s only publicly accessible lighthouse. Ascend the 167 steps for a panoramic view 130 feet above the beach and maritime forest. The park also has a fishing pier and visitors can borrow gear from the Nature Center.

Hunting Island State Park camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights.  To make a camping reservation or view current rates, call toll-free 1-866-345-7275, or visit our reservations page by clicking here. Rates vary by season and demand and are subject to change. The campground is pet-friendly, but there are restrictions.
2555 Sea Island Pkwy., Hunting Island, SC 29920

 

Tuc in the Wood Campground and RV Park is located not too far away on St. Helena Island, one of the Lowcountry’s most beautiful islands. The campground has 80 RV and tent sites with water and electrical hookups. There’s also a bathhouse with hot showers and restroom facilities.

Cast your line in the stocked, freshwater fishing pond. Visit nearby Penn Center, Chapel of Ease, and Fort Fremont. Travel 12 miles to Hunting Island State Park or drive to downtown Beaufort. Cable TV hookup and Wi-Fi are available. The campground is also pet-friendly. Make your reservations by calling 843-838-2267. Questions and inquiries can be emailed to tuckinthewood@islc.net

Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina is a luxury RV resort located on the north end of Hilton Head Island. The 200-site waterfront, pet friendly resort offers landscaped sites with concrete pads, excellent dining, top-notch amenities, on-site water sports activities and more. The resort has two swimming pools, hot tubs, sun deck, gazebo, saunas, and tennis courts.

The on-site marina is the perfect spot to book water sports including jet skis, kayaks, paddle boards, dolphin tours and more. Fish on the pier or launch your boat from the ramp. The property also boasts a 5-Star restaurant. Call 843-681-3256 or visit Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina for more information. 43 Jenkins Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC

 

Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort is aluxury camping destination located on the south end of the island. Guests are provided with the ultimate getaway experience. 400 spacious and charming sites are available to accommodate most motorcoach needs, with full hook-ups, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and excellent amenities. The Resort has spots available to rent or own, including scenic lake front sites, private shaded forest sites, and clubhouse sites that place you steps away from the excitement. The resort is located just one mile from beaches, popular restaurants, and unique shops.

The resort offers an array of amenities including a pool, spa, tennis courts, pickleball courts, dog park and full laundry facilities. Between area attractions and resort events, you’ll always have something fun to do during your stay. Call 843-785-7699 or visit Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort for more information. 133 Arrow Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

Colleton County

Edisto Beach State Park has both oceanfront and salt marsh camp sites. There are 112 sites with water and electrical hookups. Tent campers can choose a site with hookups or a more rustic site at the park’s Live Oak Campground. All sites are conveniently located close to public restrooms with hot showers.  The park also has furnished cabins that sit nestled in the woods. The Edisto Beach State Park Campground is pet friendly, but dogs are not allowed in the cabins or cabin area. Dogs must be always kept on a leash. Fishing is allowed along the ocean or salt marsh. Flounder, whiting, spot tail bass and other saltwater fish can be caught in the park. A boat ramp and dock can be found at the park for fishing in Big Bay Creek.

On warm fall days, spend the day at the beach. Walk along the surf to search for seashells and shark’s teeth. Hike, bike or bird watch along the trails, beach, and maritime forest. The trails are comprised of a series of short, mostly level paths that wind through Edisto Island’s maritime forest of live oak, hanging Spanish moss, and palmetto trees. During your walk you may see white-tailed deer, osprey, or alligators, and may even catch a glimpse of the wary bobcats. To make a camping reservation or view current rates, call toll-free 1-866-345-7275 or visit the reservations page by clicking here. Rates vary by season and demand and are subject to change. Camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights. 8377 State Cabin Rd, Edisto Island, SC



Colleton State Park is a paddler’s paradise This Lowcountry park sits a short distance from I-95 and connects to Givhan’s Ferry State Park via 23 miles of blackwater river. Colleton State Park provides easy access to the Edisto River, one of the longest free flowing, blackwater rivers in the country, and serves as the headquarters for the Edisto River canoe and kayak trail. Other amenities at Colleton include an easy nature trail, a campground, picnic shelters and ballfields. 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. To make a camping reservation or view current rates, call toll-free 1-866-345-7275 or visit our reservations page by clicking here. Rates vary by season and demand and are subject to change. Camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights. 147 Wayside Lane, Walterboro, SC

If you are a true adventurer and want to get off the grid for a while, grab a canoe from Carolina Heritage Outfitters and paddle to your very own treehouse. Located on the halfway point along a 23-mile canoe trip, the Carolina Heritage Outfitters Treehouses are truly off the beaten path. Camp in style with no electricity. Oil candles and tiki torches light the night.  Use the propane stove or grill to prepare your meals. The only running water you’re going to find here is in the river. Bring a cooler of provisions to put in the furnished kitchen. Bring a sleeping bag to place on the bed. An outhouse is provided for your convenience.

Meet the team in the morning to shuttle upriver. Paddle 13 miles to your treehouse. Each treehouse is constructed of local materials and tucked away along the riverbank. Swim in the river. Hike the woodland trails. Then warm yourself by the fire pit.  After a good night’s rest, paddle the remaining 10 miles to finish off the trip at the outpost. While on the river, be on the lookout for Great blue herons, owls, egrets, wood storks, pileated woodpeckers, wood ducks, wild turkey, deer, muskrats and raccoon. Visit Carolina Heritage Outfitters website or call 843-563-5051 for more information. 1 Livery Lane, St. George, SC

New Green Acres is a full featured campground, able to accommodate the full range of RV dimensions or types. This is a great place to pull in and spend the night while on the way to other adventures. The campground is located on I-95 and has 106 sites with the longest and widest pull-thru sites east of the Mississippi. Water and electrical hook-ups are available, as well as cable and wireless internet.

Cool off in the swimming pool. Take the kids to the playground or play with your furry friend in the dog park. Visit New Green Acres website or call 843-538-3450, 800-474-3450 for more information or to book a stay.
396 Campground Road, Walterboro, SC 29488

Givhan’s Ferry State Park is a natural retreat in the Lowcountry woods. The park sits at the end of the 23-mile long stretch of Edisto River kayaking paradise known as the Edisto River kayak and canoe trail that begins at Colleton State Park. The Edisto River is the longest free-flowing blackwater river in North America. Rent a cabin, bring an RV or tent to this beautiful state park. Full-service camping sites are available with water and electrical hookup. Some sites are hike in only. They are also complete with water and electricity. Grills, fire pits, picnic tables and storage boxes are provided at each site. Clean restrooms with hot showers are centrally located. Hike the trails or bring a kayak and explore the river. 

To make a camping reservation call toll-free 1-866-345-7275 or visit our reservations page by clicking here. Rates vary by season and demand and are subject to change.
Camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights. Pets are not allowed in the cabins or the cabin areas. Pets are allowed in most other outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. 746 Givhans Ferry Road, Ridgeville, SC


Jasper County

Come to the Point South KOA. Unwind at this 5 star retreat located conveniently just off I-95, near Savannah, Charleston, Hilton Head and Beaufort.  Visitors have the choice of RV, tent, or cabin sites. Explore the estates, museums, and beaches of the Lowcountry. You may even choose to stay on site and enjoy the many amenities and serene setting. Glamp in a fully stocked deluxe lodge. Some are even crafted from authentic railroad cars!   Enjoy this walk in, walk out experience in place of a hotel. Family fun begins as you check in and check out our activities, like gem mining, backpacks to color, as well as kerchiefs for the pups, a large pool and good old-fashioned fun with tether ball, corn hole, horseshoes, life size chess set and Jenga game at the expanded playground.

There is a large dog walk plus a Kamp K9 for our 4-legged friends. Unwind with a glass of wine from regional wineries. Our newest addition is our own crafted beer from a local brewery. Our own Aria’s Ale is on tap at our full-line Swimming Mermaid Coffee House, which has a full selection of custom roast coffees, latte’s, iced coffees, hot tea and more. Relax and enjoy made-to-order pizza and wings, delivered to your site.  Unwind in our Coffee House & wine bar, where we feature a full line of locally roasted coffees as well as a full array of wines. Book reservations by visiting koa.com. Call 843-726-5733 or 800-562-2948 for more information.


Experience the beauty, relaxation, and the perks of nature at The Oaks at Point South RV Resort. Within 45 minutes of this Lowcountry RV camp, you’ll find attractions like Hilton Head, historic Savannah, Georgia, and the Atlantic Ocean. This campground also boasts a convenient location near Interstate 95, allowing guests to enjoy everything the South Carolina Lowcountry has to offer.

Back at the resort, guests can look forward to an array of activities. Test your hand at mini golf, go for a swim, enjoy fishing, or hit the trails for a hike. Fall activities include Halloween trick or treating and a Thanksgiving potluck. They’re pet friendly as well, so don’t forget your four-legged friends! Call 843-726-5728, or 1-800-388-7788 or visit thousandtrails.com for more information and to book reservations. 1292 Campground Road, Yemassee, SC

Camp Lake Jasper is conveniently located just minutes off of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in Hardeeville. This brand new resort is convenient to Hilton Head and the historic cities of Bluffton, Beaufort and Savannah. Wake to the sounds of nature beckoning you to explore the park. Hike the pristine trails, paddle the clear waters, play the challenging “Sarge” disc golf course, or simply relax in the lakeside pool and amenity center. Do as much or as little as you like.


Spend the day golfing, shopping, dining, or enjoying the beach and then return for a relaxing night by the campfire. Whether its adventure you seek or escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Camp Lake Jasper is the place for you. Reserve your site today and let the memories begin. 44 Camp Lake Drive, Hardeeville, SC


For more information about the South Carolina Lowcountry visit SouthCarolinaLowcountry.com.

 

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Givhans Ferry State Park

Givhans Ferry State Park is nestled along the Edisto River. It’s the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Camping spots and cabins are available for rent. Four cabins with screened back porches overlook the river. Separate sites are available for tent, RV and primitive camping. There’s even a riverfront hall that’s available for events. The hall was built during the Roosevelt administration during the Great Depression as a part of the New Deal Program. As a matter of fact, the entire park was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which provided jobs during the 1930’s which addressed the need for the country to conserve natural beauty and create recreational spots to enjoy nature.

Once upon a time, this site was the crossing point for a ferry to move travelers across the Edisto River on the road from Augusta to Charleston. It was named after Phillip Givhan, the area ferry master during the late 1700’s. His granddaughter’s burial site is located on park property. The park’s riverbanks are protected as a Heritage Trust Site.

Givhans Ferry State Park is a part of the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail. Bring your gear and have someone drop you off at the Colleton State Park for the 23-mile paddling adventure that will bring you back to the park. The Edisto River is the longest free-flowing blackwater river in North America. View rare plants that thrive along the limestone bluffs as you paddle along the riverbanks. Plan on this trip taking between seven and nine hours.

A hike along the 1.5-mile River Bluff Nature Trail is another good way to see the flora and fauna found at Givhans Ferry State Park.  Hike across moderately steep slopes and a canal and overlook the river from the bluffs. View Cypress trees that grow majestically from the river floor. Don’t forget to look for local wildlife along the trail. The trail is an excellent spot for birdwatching.

If you enjoy casting a line, fishing gear can be obtained at the park office. The park participates in the Park Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. A valid SC fishing license is required. Fish for flathead, catfish, red breast, channel catfish, largemouth bass, striped bass, shellcrackers, blue catfish and eels. Fish from the riverbank or bring along the boat. Access to a boat ramp can be found just a few miles away from the park.

Swimming is permitted at the park. No lifeguard is on duty and all swimming is at your own risk. Geocaching is also permitted. Several are located throughout the park. Souvenirs are available at the park store. There you will find t-shirts, caps, mugs, patches and other goodies.



The park encompasses 988 acres of natural habitat. Amenities include 35 campsites with electrical and water hook-up, four 2-bedroom cabins, and a site for primitive group camping. Two picnic shelters and a playground are also available. The park also has volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and games that are available for check-out at the park office. A Wi-Fi signal can be found at the park office. Make your reservations today to enjoy all that nature has to offer at the Givhan’s Ferry State Park.

Givhans Ferry State Park
746 Givhans Ferry Rd.
Ridgeville, SC 29472

Park: 843-873-0692
Reservations: 1-866-345-7275

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Visit the Edisto Island Serpentarium

A trip to Edisto isn’t complete until you visit the Edisto Island Serpentarium. This popular destination offers a wide array of exciting attractions and daily shows. As the first true serpentarium in the state, the facility is dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and study of reptiles. Get up close and personal with alligators, turtles, lizards, and snakes.  While some specimens are native to the region, others come from around the world.

The serpentarium has been open to the public since 1999. The collection was gathered by local snake hunters Ted and Heyward Clamp of Edisto Island. A wide variety of reptiles are housed between the modern indoor facility and the beautifully landscaped outdoor gardens. Reptiles can be viewed swimming in streams, climbing trees, and basking in the sun, just as they do in nature.

Two separate ponds house over 20 adult American alligators. Big George, Trouble and Sampson are over 11 feet long. They live and play in Green Pond. Alligator Alley is where you will find the younger, smaller alligators. Peg-leg Pete and Water Dog can be found swimming, sunbathing, and eating in this shady pond. Each spring alligators lay eggs that will hatch in the fall. Babies can be found in the indoor facility. There’s also a nursery between the ponds that houses alligators that are 3 – 11 years old.

Alligators are fed daily when the temperature permits. Visitors get to experience this process up close and personal. Interesting alligator facts are presented during the demonstration along with the history of these prehistoric reptiles.

Turtles also live at the serpentarium. Natural habitat displays are set up for the education and viewing pleasure of visitors. Box turtles, red-eared sliders and diamondback terrapins can be seen, along with Alligator snapping turtles. Two African Spur-thigh Tortoises are also on display. This breed is the largest land turtle in the world.

The serpentarium has beautiful snake habitats. Non-venomous enclosures are home to rat snakes, black racers, coachwhips, water snakes and many more. Observe them as they swim, climb trees and sun on the branches in the large, landscaped open habitat.  Venomous varieties are housed separately. Their varieties include cottonmouth moccasins, copperheads, and rattlesnakes.  

Educational snake programs are presented daily. Professional handlers explain the value of these animals in their natural environments. Both venomous and non-venomous snakes are discussed.

Different species of lizards can be seen at the serpentarium as well. A bearded dragon and blue-tongued skink, both native to Australia, can be found here, as well as a South American red tegu. The facility has also acquired an Australian Argus Monitor.  

Along with the alligator feedings and snake demonstrations, a Keeper’s Choice Show is given each day. Topics vary from tortoises & turtles, lizards, venom extraction and feedings. Be sure to start your visit early in the day so you don’t miss any of the exciting programs and feedings. The modern indoor facility and beautifully landscaped outdoor gardens are awaiting your visit.

Daily Schedule as found on edistoserpentarium.com/attractions/lectures/

11:00 Snake Show
12:00 Gator Program/Feeding
1:00 Keeper’s choice-call for details
2:00 Snake Show
3:00 Gator Program/Feeding
4:00 PM Keeper’s Choice-Call for details

Edisto Island Serpentarium
1374 HIGHWAY 174
EDISTO ISLAND, SC 29438
(843) 869-1171

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Headed down the road....Edisto Island.  #edisto #sclowcountry #trees #endofday  #beauty #islandsofsc
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The shore gently recedes beneath the stunning Pawleys Island Pier. The unique island town, located about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 70 miles north of Charleston, exudes laid-back, beachy vibes. Locals have definitely adopted an island state of mind and encourage visitors to as well. When you go, make sure to relax on the beach, explore the famous sand dunes, or fish in one of the many adjacent creeks.⏰ Best time of the day to visit: We guarantee that you’re going to want to spend a whole day here. We recommend getting to the beach at around 10am.🗓️ Best time of the year: Pawleys Island has the best weather during the spring and early summer months.🏖️ Things to do while there: Pawleys Island Nature Park, Pawleys Island Chapel, Hopsewee Plantation.🐠 Things to visit in the area: Brookgreen Gardens (brookgreen_gardens), take a walking ghost tour, Myrtle Beach (mymyrtlebeach), Harborwalk Marina, South Carolina Maritime Museum (southcarolinamaritimemuseum).🏨 Where to stay: The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn (oceanfrontlitchfieldinn), Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort (litchfieldbeachandgolf), Sea View Inn (seaviewinn), 620 Prince (620prince).Photo by qcphotographer
Spanish moss drapes the live oak trees that are ubiquitous to the Edisto Island area. Did you know that Edisto gets its name from the native Edistow people? The Edistow Native Americans were a sub tribe of the Cusabo indians, a group of Native Americans who lived along the Atlantic coast in South Carolina.⏰ Best time of the day to visit: Stop by mid-morning. That way you can explore the island, grab lunch, and stay for the amazing sunset if you choose.🏖️ Things to do while there: Edisto Environmental Learning Center, Boneyard Beach, Scott Creek Inlet, Big Bay Creek, SeaCow Eatery.☀️ Things to visit in the area: Jungle Road Park, Bay Creek Park, Otter Islands, Spanish Mount Point.📆 Best time of the year to visit: For warmer weather come anywhere from March-August.🏨 Where to stay: Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort (frippislandrsrt), Seabrook Island Club (seabrook_sc), The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (kiawahresort), Charleston Kiawah Island/Andell Inn (andellinn).Photo by qcphotographer
Discover at your own leisure at the coastaldiscoverymuseum 🌳  From century-old buildings with storied pasts, to wooden boardwalks that stretch into the Jarvis Creek salt marsh, there's always something to explore!
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
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Nestled in Garnett, SC  is The Church of the Heavenly Rest. It was built in 1891 in memory of Alice Martin Marshall and her daughter Elizabeth.📸: University of South Carolina. South Caroliniana Library#thatsmylowcountry #naturallyamazing #sclowcountry #historicchurches #garnettsc #hamptoncountysc #exploresc #exploresouthcarolina
Reposted from coastaldiscoverymuseum Hilton Head Island has the second highest tidal range on the East Coast, second only to Canada’s Bay of Fundy. The average tidal range here is 7-9 feet between high and low tides.The Salt Marsh is one of our area’s most prominent features, not to mention an essential resource. Most coastal creatures depend partially or even fully on the Salt Marsh for survival as it serves as a nursery, as well as a water filter vital for the functioning of the entire coastal ecosystem.Explore the Lowcountry up close with a visit to the Coastal Discovery Museum and head out into the marsh via the Osprey Outlook floating dock on a self-guided tour or register for the weekly Salt Marsh Discovery program to learn from an expert how and why this particular environment is so important. (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or coastaldiscovery.org.
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Why didn't someone tell me they also have dead trees at the beach?
A visitor takes a leisurely stroke under a canopy of live oaks draped with Spanish moss in the Palmetto Bluff (palmettobluff) neighborhood of Bluffton, South Carolina. Palmetto Bluff is a picturesque community that sits in the heart of Lowcountry. Nestled along the May River, it’s abundant with beautiful walking trails, historic sites, and stunning views.⏰ Best time of the day to visit: There is no wrong time to visit Palmetto Bluff. However, we highly recommend sticking around for one of their spectacular sunsets.🛶 Things to do while there: Stop by Cole’s for some regionally inspired Southern fare, paddle board, kayak, or canoe along the May River, go saltwater fishing, take a tour at Bluffton Jack's Old Town Tours.🌊 Things to visit in the area: Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, Old Town Bluffton, Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, May River Sandbar, Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center (heywardhouse).📆 Best time of the year to visit: For the best weather, we recommend visiting between March and May or from September to November.🏨 Where to stay: The Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort (montagepalmettobluff) is the only resort in Palmetto Bluff. However, there are plenty of places to stay in the surrounding areas including: Old Town Bluffton Inn (oldtownblufftoninn), The Inn & Club at Harbour Town (theinnandclubatharbourtown), Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island (sonestahhi).Photo by jpgriceoz
It’s my last week in the Lowcountry. I will be incredibly happy to be back home, but I will sure miss these views. ☀️🌴[Image Description: a photo of a sun setting over the Lowcountry wetlands. The cloud in the sky are reflected on the water below.]
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I'm wringing this chamois for all its worth. The diversity of subjects at this place is endless.#ilfordfp4 #lowcountryphotographer #southernconversations #sclowcountry #lowcountryscenes #saltmarsh #bnwmood #mediumformatfilm #silvervisionfilm
Our kind of #MondayMotivation 😍 #DiscoverSC 📸📍Bluffton Oyster Company: daniymathews
“Beaufort River Sunset”
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What were your weekend views today? #DiscoverSC 📸📍Botany Bay Beach: charlestonshopcurator
Just had a half blind lease become available last minute….text or call Joe Temples 912-230-3882 for more info….#moistsoilmanagement #scducks #ducksofinstagram #charleston #beaufortsc #savannah #goldenisles #lowcountry #sclowcountry
No filter & it was so beautiful I didn't want to make it fit Instagram! #pawleysislandsc #onlypawleys #pawleys #arrogantlyshabby #eastcoast #coastalcarolina #sclowcountry #lowcountry #borntobeach #somebeachsomewhere #peaceloveandsandyfeet #inmymindimgonetocarolina

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