The Parish Church of St. Helena

Beaufort’s towering glory

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The St Helena steeple towers over Beaufort. Photo Credit: Robert Gecy

With a steeple that towers over the town of Beaufort, SC, the Parish Church of St. Helena is one of the oldest churches in North America. Established in 1712 as a colonial parish of the Church of England, this church still serves the community it surrounds. The original church was almost completely demolished in 1824 to allow for an expansive rebuild.

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Photo Credit: Denise Berry

The church and grounds were used by the Union Army as a hospital during their occupation of Beaufort during the Civil War. It is rumored that they even used slabs from the graveyard as operating tables.

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The cemetery and back view of the church.
Photo Credit Luciano Periera do Souza

Luckily the church was spared from ruin, and after the war services resumed. The church was preserved, and its steeple tower was extended in 1942. The historic church boasts white pillared columns on its stately exterior

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Cemetery image by Matt Zeigler.

The neighboring churchyard is just as historically significant as the church itself. Many founding fathers of Beaufort are buried here. One of the first church members laid to rest here was Colonel John Barnwell, also known as Tuscarora Jack. He was an important officer during the Tuscarora (1712) and Yemassee Wars (1715). Two British officers killed during the Battle of Port Royal are buried here as well. It is also the resting place of two Confederate officers. Lt General Richard H Anderson and Brigadier General Stephen Elliott.

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Grave stone image by Becca Brashear.

While visiting Beaufort stroll over and explore the church and its graveyard. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the beautiful church exterior and gravestones dating back to the 1700s. Your visit will give you a look back in time to the beginnings of this great and historic city.

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Steeple view by Michael Miller.

The church is located along Church Street, just a few blocks away from the Beaufort River waterfront and Bay Street.
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Walterboro Sights to See

The front porch of the Lowcountry
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The Bedon Lucas House porch is a great place to visit.
Photo credit: Christan Spires

The beautiful historic city of Walterboro sits right on I-95 at exits 53 and 57. If you’re traveling, this is the perfect spot to get out and stretch your legs. There are many interesting attractions for you to chose from. You just might decide to make this historic city a part of your itinerary.

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The C. G. Padgett House. Photo Credit: City of Walterboro Facebook Page

Walterboro was founded in 1783 as a summer retreat for local planters. Plantations were sources of malaria during the summer months so towns like Walterboro were started on higher elevations away from bodies of water. The original settlement was started on a hilly area covered with pine and hickory trees. It was named Hickory Valley.

Nature comes indoors at the Walterboro Wildlife Center.

The Walterboro Wildlife Center is in the heart of downtown Walterboro. It is an interpretive exhibit hall showcasing the plant and animal life that is present in the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary and throughout the Lowcountry.

Specimens of native Colleton County wildlife are on display in aquariums throughout the center. The Wildlife Center features snakes, turtles, frogs, fish and alligators!

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Boardwalks cross through the lowlands of the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary.

Just three minutes from I-95, the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary combines history, culture, recreation, and education into a southern lowland setting. The 600 plus acre sanctuary features what may be the only “braided creek” swamp accessible to the public.

A completed network of boardwalks, hiking, biking and canoe trails provide a perfect vantage point to observe the diversity of wildlife inhabiting the black water bottomland. Native populations of wild turkey, deer, raccoons, beaver, otter, mink, opossum, squirrels, fox and wildcats have been spotted along the trail. The sanctuary’s Washington Street entrance is located only steps from Walterboro’s main historic district.

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The Colleton County Museum and Farmers Market are conveniently located together. Photo Credit: City of Walterboro Facebook Page.

The Colleton County Museum & Farmers Market is located just down the road at the end of historic Washington Street. This museum features exhibits represent the county’s history, culture, natural resources, plantations, as well as Revolutionary and Civil War. There’s also a children’s play area.

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Baked goods are popular at the Marketplace Cafe.
Photo credit: Barry McRoy.

The farmers market offers local produce on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The site also has a Marketplace Café and a gift shop that sells local produce, crafts and home goods.

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Bedon Lucas House. Photo credit: Christan Spires.

Located in Walterboro’s first settlement of Hickory Valley, the Bedon Lucas House is the location of the Colleton County Historic & Preservation Society. The house was constructed in 1820. For tours please visit the Colleton County Historical & Preservation Society website.

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Fripp Fishbourne House.

The streets of the Hickory Valley District are laden with beautiful homes. A walk is the best way to appreciate these lovely homes. Take a nice, leisure stroll to photograph your favorites. Hampton Street is a favorite walking destination. Start here and let your feet guide you through the neighborhood.

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The SC Artisans Center is loaded with locally made works of art. Photo Credit: Borys Kusyk.

The South Carolina Artisans Center is another must-see destination in Walterboro.  The center is housed in a restored eight-room Victorian cottage downtown, which showcases over 300 local artists. Artwork ranges from traditional and indigenous folk art to contemporary. There are educational exhibits, craft demonstrations and live performances as well. Each piece is truly unique. Pieces range from glass work, jewelry, paintings and sweet grass baskets.

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The Lowcountry Regional Airport is the home of the Tuskegee Airmen Monument. Photo credit: Mike O.

A visit to the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial is a great way to honor these brave men who fought for our country. Located on the grounds of the Lowcountry Regional Airport, the monument commemorates the heroism of the valiant young men who enlisted during WWII to become America’s first African American military airmen. These men spent the final three months of combat training at this airport, which was then called the Walterboro Army Airfield. Here airmen learned to fly the Air Cobra, Thunderbolt and Kitty Hawk airplanes.

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Washington Street is the destination for antique shopping.

The city of Walterboro is known for its antique shopping. Washington Street has a vast assortment of antiques stores loaded with interesting finds.

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Hiott’s Pharmacy has been serving sodas and shakes since 1969. Photo Credit: City of Walterboro Facebook Page.

While antiquing, head to the end of Washington Street and right into a Walterboro landmark. Hiott’s Pharmacy Soda Fountain. This icon is a great spot to wet your whistle and step back in time. The pharmacy fountain has been operational since 1969.

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Slow down and catch your breath in Walterboro, the front porch of the Lowcountry!

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History is Preserved at Frampton Plantation House

A step back in time, just off I-95
Exterior view of Frampton Plantation House
Frampton Plantation House awaits your visit today. Conveniently located on Highway 17, just off I-95, Exit 33. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Historically speaking, the “Frampton House” property was part of an original King’s Grant to the Frampton family in the 1700s. The family oversaw the production of 4,000 acres, which were used for growing cotton, rice, and other crops. During the 1865 Campaign of the Carolinas, General Sherman’s troops marched from Savannah to Columbia. Along the way, they burned the plantation house and all the farm buildings that stood on this site.

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The magnificent live oak as seen in 1993. Photo by Jim Wescott.

As a delegate of the 1860 SC Convention John Frampton signed the Ordinance of Succession, pulling the state out of the Union.  In 1868, just after the war, he built the current farmhouse on the property and continued to work the land. It is probable that the farm operated with sharecropping and tenant farming.

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The mighty oak was dated to between 250 and 300 years old in 1993. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Major renovations were made to the old house around 1930, including adding indoor plumbing and electrical wiring. At the same time sheetrock replaced the old lath and plaster walls. The property remained in the Frampton family until the 1940s.

Exterior view of the Frampton House during the Campbell years
Frampton House during the Campbell years.
Photo loaned by Kate Campbell.

The house was sold to the Campbell family, who lived here for many years. They renovated the house and removed the second story porch which was unsafe. A room and bathroom were added to the back of the second story.

Exterior view of the Frampton Plantation House highlighting the second story addition
The second story addition can be seen in this 1993 image taken by Jim Wescott.

According to Arthur Campbell, “My family and I lived in this house during the time hurricane Gracie hit in September 1959 – one of only three category 4 hurricanes to hit in one hundred and sixty-five years.

The old house shook on her foundation with doors and windows rattling, wind howling but alas she held true.

My father had the shutters closed but we could still see well enough out to see a huge cedar tree being thrown across the yard and past the house.

It was a direct hit and I remember being allowed to walk out in the yard and see the blue skies above during the eye of the hurricane. Myself and four siblings were hustled back in the house when the backside of the hurricane struck with enormous intensity.

I was just six years old and I shall never forget…”

Picture of felled damaged live oaks removed from the grounds after Hurricane Gracie
Damaged live oaks were removed after Hurricane Gracie. Photo loaned by Kate Campbell.

Charles Frazer and the Sea Pines Company purchased the house in 1970 and used it as a point of sale for his Hilton Head development. More renovations were made at this time. New wiring and central heat and air were installed. In 1974 the house was once again sold to Wyman Boozer, a Columbia developer. It fell into disrepair and was slated to be demolished. There was even talk of bulldozing the house and surrounding oaks to make way for an interstate truck stop.

Exterior view of the back of the Frampton Plantation House
The back of the house had a porch which is now restrooms for the visitors center. Photo by Jim Wescott

In December of 1993, the house and four acres were kindly donated to the Lowcountry Tourism Commission for the creation of the Lowcountry Visitor’s Center and Museum. This assured the restoration of the old farmhouse.

View of the interior of the Frampton Plantation House decorated for Christmas in the 1950s
The central hall decorated for Christmas during the 1950s.
Photo loaned by Kate Campbell.
Interior view of the Frampton
The downstairs central hallway before the addition of restrooms in 1993.
Photo by Jim Wescott.

The preservation of the magnificent old oaks that frame the building and the Civil War earthworks in the backyard (erected by Robert E. Lee’s troops in defense of the important railroad supply line for the Confederacy from Savannah to Charleston) were also guaranteed.

Picture of the Frampton Plantation House before undergoing renovations in 1993.
The house as it looked after the 1993 renovations were underway.
Photo by Jim Wescott.

Major renovations were done to the Frampton House which prepared it for a new life. The Lowcountry & Resort Islands Tourism Commission offices are upstairs, and the downstairs serves as the Lowcountry Visitor’s Center and Museum. The rooms also contain historic displays and representations from Lowcountry museums.

Exterior view of Frampton Plantation House showing the porch that was added during renovations.
The original back porch was enclosed to contain restrooms. A new porch now extends across the rear of the house.
Exterior view of Frampton Plantation House as it is today.
Frampton House has been preserved for visitors to explore and enjoy. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Frampton Plantation House is open to the public seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Come see us for all your travel questions and SC Lowcountry information.

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Spanish Moss Trail Part 2

Northbound from Robert Smalls Parkway to Clarendon Rd.

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Today’s journey started at Beaufort Plaza on Robert Smalls Pkwy. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The Spanish Moss Trail is an expanding rails-to-trail greenway running from Clarendon Road in northern Beaufort County to Port Royal along the historic Magnolia Line Railroad, which once connected Yemassee to Port Royal. This was an active railroad line from 1870-2003.  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 lots are provided.

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Lowcountry river views are spectacular along the Spanish Moss Trail. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The Spanish Moss Trail offers spectacular views of Lowcountry marshes, waterways, coastal wildlife and historic points of interest. Points of interest are well marked along the trail. Pets on a leash are welcome on the trail.

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Pick Pocket Plantation. Photo found on Pick Pocket Facebook page. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Heading west, from Robert Smalls Parkway passes along Pick Pocket Plantation. A historic marker tells the history of this mid-19th century plantation with the funny name. According to the marker, little is known of the original owners, or how it got its name. The property changed hands many times before George W. Trask bought the farmhouse and its 214 acres. From this location, Trask and his sons ran the most prosperous truck farming businesses in Beaufort County. The property stayed in the Trask family until 2006. The house and 15 acres of the property sold to John H. Keith. He restored the dilapidated farmhouse and moved eight other historic buildings to the site.

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A tunnel is a rarity in Beaufort. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The trail travels along Highway 21 for a while. Lowcountry natives like this stretch because it includes a hill. The trail dips beneath a driveway and under a tunnel. Hills are a rarity in this part of the state. Biking down a hill is a real treat!

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Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The trail pulls away from the highway and over a trestle that has lovely views of Albergotti Creek.

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A boardwalk leads toward the Marine Corps Air Station.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The Roseida Road Trailhead is next. It has ample parking spaces and a trail map. Handicap spots are available. There is also a Parker’s Gas Station at this access point that has public bathrooms. The trail next heads over a wetland area and accessed by a beautiful boardwalk. This leads directly in front of the Marine Corps Air Station entrance. Cross at the light and head further up the trail.

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Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

This area was also the site for the Battle of Port Royal Island. This battle was one of 250 military engagements fought in South Carolina. Under the direction of General William Moultrie, 300 SC militiamen defeated the British in this area in 1779. This American success gave a needed boost to our troops after the fall of Savannah the previous year. On a side note – two signers of the Declaration of Independence fought in this battle: Captain Edward Rutledge and Captain Thomas Heyward, Jr.

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The Hwy 21 Drive-In entrance can be seen from the trail.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Another historic site located along this path is Beaufort’s famous Hwy 21 Drive-in. This family fun attraction has been around since 1978. It closed briefly from 2003-2004, then reopened with much fanfare. It now has two screens and is one of only three drive-ins in South Carolina. The 80-ft tall screens have a digital format and show movies year-round. This is an attraction enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

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The pavement ends and the “road less traveled” begins.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

As you travel further along the trail the pavement ends and a dirt and gravel section begins. This will be paved in the future. Pavement begins again as you near the Clarendon Road access point. This is the spot of Clarendon Plantation. In 1928 H.W. Corning bought 5,000 acres overlooking the Whale Branch River which he called Clarendon Plantation. This estate contains the remains of SC governor Paul Hamilton, who also served as Secretary of State during the War of 1812. Due to its proximity to the Magnolia Line Railroad, the property has been used as a sawmill, turpentine production, timber, cattle ranching, quail hunting, hay and other crops. It has also seen its share of fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities.

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The Clarendon Trailhead has ample parking.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The Clarendon trailhead is the end of the journey – for now. It has a great parking area and for anyone wishing to complete the entire trail in one day, it’s a great place to park and start. The plans call for additional pathway to be added that will lead through and end at the river. The master plan map also shows additional path at the opposite end leading into Port Royal, and a path into downtown Beaufort.

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Future extensions can be seen on the map. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

These additions will be a great asset for what is already a wonderful Beaufort attraction. Plan on spending at least two hours to bike the northern side of the Spanish Moss Trail. Give yourself more time if you’re walking. Be sure to pack supplies for your journey. Make sure to stop along the way to read historic markers and enjoy views from the trestles. If you get tired just take a break on one of the many benches provided. Stay tuned for a future post on additions to the trail.

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Butterflies flock to wildflowers along the Spanish Moss Trail.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The south bound portion of the Spanish Moss Trail can be saved for another day. For more information on Beaufort attractions visit Other Lowcountry nature trails and wildlife preserves can be found at .

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Looking for a Museum in Hampton County?

There are FOUR to keep you entertained!
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The Italianate brick building was designed by French architect Vincent Fontaine and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Hampton Museum & Visitor’s Center is located at 15 Elm Street, across from the County Courthouse. Visitors are welcome to browse the displays on any given Thursday or Saturday, from 2 – 5 p.m.

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The Hampton Museum and Visitors Center started life as the Bank of Hampton.

This architecturally significant building started life as the Bank of Hampton in 1892. The two-story Italianate influenced brick building was designed by French architect Vincent Fontaine. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bank closed its doors in 1930, but the upstairs space was rented as a law office until the 1960s. The structure was given to the town in 1987 and it became a museum shortly after. The bank’s original vault and safe with hand painted doors are still intact today.

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This museum and visitors center exhibits collections relevant to Hampton County. Visitors will find exhibits of Indian lore, military artifacts, antique medical equipment and Watermelon Festival memorabilia. A children’s room is included for younger visitors. Local artists and craftsmen also display their creations here. Genealogy information for this area is also available. Information on a self-guided walking tour of downtown Hampton can be found inside as well. A trip to the museum and visitors center is free, but donations are accepted. 803-943-5318

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The Hampton County Museum in housed in the county’s first jailhouse.

Just down the street at 702 1st St West, visitors will find the Hampton County Historical Society and the Hampton County Museum @ The Old Jail!
The Hampton County Historical Society takes great pleasure in enriching the lives of residents and visitors through interpreting and promoting the rich history of the many communities within Hampton County.   Collected and preserved artifacts, materials and family histories are exhibited for the benefit of residents and visitors through the society-sponsored museum. 

The society also develops and presents public educational programs and events that highlight and explore Hampton culture and heritage, and the society encourages historic preservation by supporting the placement of historical markers at sites of significant interest throughout the communities of Hampton County.

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Hampton County Jail photo from SC Dept. of Archives and History.

Located in the old jailhouse, the Hampton County Museum artifacts include Civil War memorabilia, maps and uniforms. Visitors can also find exhibits from World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The County Jail was built in 1878 and served the people until 1976. Second floor cells have been preserved and are a distinctive museum attraction for the County Historical Society. This building is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hampton County Museum at the Old Jail is open Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 3 – 5 p.m. 803-943-5484

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The Hampton County Museum is housed in the county’s first jailhouse.

The Hampton Colored School can be found at 608 1st St West. Built in 1929, this was the educational facility for Hampton’s African American children.

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The Hampton County Colored School image by Bill Fitzpatrick

This structure replaced a dilapidated one-room schoolhouse. The land was purchased by local citizens. Once the acreage was secured, Ervin Johnson, an African American carpenter, constructed the frame building with help of volunteers from his community.

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The Hampton County Colored School fell into disrepair after integration. It has since been restored and entered onto the National Register of Historic Places.

The school served students through the eighth grade. When Hampton Colored High School was built in 1947, this school became its cafeteria.  The facility has been restored and named to both the South Carolina and the National Register of Historic Places. The museum serves as a repository of Black History in Hampton. The museum is open Wednesdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 803-943-2951

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Brunson Museum and Visitors Center is housed in the original town hall. This unique museum contains a wonderful collection of artifacts, paintings and other memorabilia documenting the history of the Brunson area. The building was listed in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, as the only octagonal town hall ever built on stilts. 

Brunson Museum and Visitors Center.

Built 1906, this structure was used as a municipal office and meeting place for the mayor and councilmen of Brunson. It was built over the town’s artesian well to provide protection and shade. Benches were placed around the well to provide a recreational spot for the towns people. While the open arena under the town hall was planned for pleasure, it was also used as the town’s voting place. It was even the scene of one election slaying. Townspeople will tell you that many of cotton crops were planned there. In 1952 the artesian well was covered and a modern water supply was installed. The tiny town hall was crowded out by the modern highway and rail systems, so in 1959, it was moved to its current location and the stilts were removed. The town hall continued to serve as the center of town government until 1996.

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Brunson Town Hall was moved to its current location and reopened as a museum.

The museum offers a wonderful collection of artifacts, photographs, paintings, and other memorabilia documenting the history of Brunson and the surrounding area.

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A model of Brunson’s Town Hall on stilts sits beside the original structure.

The Brunson Museum and Visitors Center is operated under the authorization of the Town of Brunson through a volunteer board. Hours of operation are Thursday 2-5 p.m. or by appointment. The Museum is located at 800 Railroad Avenue in Brunson. 803-632-3363

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Spanish Moss Trail Part 1

Southbound from Robert Smalls Parkway to Port Royal

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Spanish Moss entrance from Beaufort Plaza.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

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.

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Views from a trestle bridge are spectacular.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The Spanish Moss Trail offers spectacular views of Lowcountry marshes, waterways, coastal wildlife and historic points of interest. Points of interest are well marked along the trail. Pets on a leash are welcome on the trail.  Doggie bag stations are available as well. There’s even a place to pump up your tires at the Depot Road access point. You can also find recreational fishing spots on various trestles along the trail.

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All access points have maps that mark the trail and its facilities.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Bringing a bottle of water is a good idea. You can refill it at any of the trailheads. There are also two restroom/port-a-potty facilities at the Broome Lane and Depot Road Trailheads. The Westvine Trailhead has equipment for push-ups and pull-ups.

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Wood Storks keep an eye on the water from their perch along Battery Creek. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

From one of the trestles it was easy to spot a family of wood storks taking an afternoon nap. These wading birds are rather humble looking when at rest but are beautiful in flight. Also visible along the way are butterflies, king fishers and many other wading birds.

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Fishing is a great activity on the Spanish Moss Trail. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Fishing is great fun on the Spanish Moss Trail. Bring your supplies but remember to take your refuse with you when you leave.

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The Seacoast Packing Company stands as a reminder of a once busy trail depot area. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Along the way visitors encounter the remains of the Seacoast Packing Company. This building began life as a meat packing plant, with hopes of encouraging farmers to raise livestock. This venture failed almost immediately. It later went on to be used as a grocery warehouse, a tomato canning plant and eventually a pickle packing plant. This building was once surrounded by other structures important to the railroad. Today it is the only remaining reminder of the once busy railroad area.

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Visitors can travel through the Charles E. Danner Warehouse along the way. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Another reminder of days gone by is the Charles E. Danner & Co. Grocery Warehouse. This remaining brick building was once surrounded by other warehouses at the Port Royal Railroad Depot. Located outside visitors will find a map showing the locations of other businesses that used to grace the depot area.

Plan on spending at least two hours to bike the southern side of the Spanish Moss Trail. Give yourself more time if you’re walking. Be sure to pack supplies for your journey. Make sure to stop along the way to read historic markers and enjoy views from the trestles. If you get tired just take a break on one of the many benches provided. Travels to the other side of Beaufort’s Spanish Moss Trail can be saved for another day.

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Battery Creek views along the trail are beautiful. Photo by Carmen Pinckney. Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

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Charter Fishing in the Lowcountry

Spending a day on the water with Captain Fuzzy Davis

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Redfish are plentiful in the waters of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Spending the day on the water in the South Carolina Lowcountry is always a good idea. Booking a charter fishing trip with Hilton Head’s nationally acclaimed Silva Dolla Fishing Charters with Fuzzy Davis is brilliant! Davis has been fishing the waters around Hilton Head for over 40 years.

He has been featured in magazines and television shows. Not to brag, but he has held the SC State Tarpon Record since 1986, and Saltwater Sportsman Magazine ranked him in the “Top 50 Boat Captains in the US”.

Captain Fuzzy Davis
Captain Fuzzy Davis

Davis’ skill on the water and great personality make him a favorite for locals and tourists alike. He’s the boat captain my family calls on for a day of fishing.

The day begins bright and early at the Boathouse dock. Davis is ready and waiting. His boat is loaded with ice, bait, tackle, fishing license, bottled water and all the fishing trivia you can handle.

After loading up, you will head off in pursuit of fish in the saltwater creeks, rivers, sounds or offshore. Inshore excursions focus on redfish and sea trout. Nearshore trips target Tarpon, shark, redfish, trout, and cobia.

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The first catch was a bonnethead shark.

The first catch of the day is always exciting. Per dad’s request, the group started fishing for sharks. It didn’t take long to start pulling in some beauties. This bonnethead shark put up quite the fight before being hauled on board. Bonnetheads live in subtropical waters from North Carolina to the Caribbean. They typically grow between two and five feet long.

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Dad gets in on the action.
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Reeling in a shark is exhilarating.
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The proud catch.

The last catch of the day brought out the competition in the girls. They came out even though because one redfish weighs more while the other is longer.

Catching redfish brings out friendly competition.

After four hours of reeling in sharks, stingrays, and redfish, the fishing party was amply satisfied and exhausted. Great memories were made, and bonds were strengthened. The next morning plans were made for the next fishing excursion with Fuzzy.

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The team heads home after a day of fishing.

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Webb Wildlife Management Area

Take a journey through unspoiled terrain at Webb WMA

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The lakes at Webb WMA are perfect for fishing and canoeing.

A black water wonderland sits along the Savannah River in the heart of Hampton County. The Webb Wildlife Management Area is protected by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to protect and preserve the wildlife habitat on the historic property. This care has also created opportunities for public recreation.

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Follow the oak-lined drive into the WMA. Photo by Zadok Moss.

Follow the brown binocular signs 2.7 miles from Garnet to the oak tree-lined drive that leads to the wildlife center complex. The office is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Inside you’ll find maps and a restroom. Maps can also be found at the sign-in kiosk outside if your visit falls on a weekend. Follow the Bluff Lake directional signs to find the 2.1-mile Savannah River Nature Trail and a 1.2-mile canoe trail.

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Alligators can be seen sunbathing on the banks. Photo by Zadok Moss.

Webb WMA Wildlife

There are many opportunities along the way to spot local wildlife. Managed fields and openings are great places to spot white-tailed deer, fox squirrels, and turkeys. The Savannah River and its tributaries offer glimpses of alligators and turtles. Two oxbow lakes provide great opportunities for fishing and canoeing.

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The rare and endangered red-cockaded woodpecker can be seen at the WMA.
Photo by Karen Marts.

Webb WMA is featured in the South Carolina Nature Viewing Guide. This book showcases selected sites for nature observation in the state. The WMA also has a rookery where viewers can get glimpses of swallow-tailed kites, prothonotary warblers, painted buntings and even the extremely rare red-cockaded woodpecker.

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Trees painted with white rings mark nesting activity of red-cockaded woodpeckers.
Photo by Karen Marts.

While driving through the upland pine forest, keep an eye out for white rings painted on trees. These rings mark nest activity sites of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

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The plantation house is the home to the WMA offices and visitor information.
Photo by Zadok Moss.

The Webb Wildlife Center Office

The Webb Wildlife Center office is housed in what was once the plantation house of a long-gone race-horse training facility. The state acquired the 5,866-acre property in 1941 and set out to protect and preserve the unspoiled property. The area’s pineland forest, wildlife openings, bottomland hardwood forests, and cypress-tupelo swamps make the perfect spot for a woodland hike along the Savannah River.

Webb Wildlife Management Area pitcher plant
Pitcher plants native to the South Carolina wetlands can be seen here. Photo by Zadok Moss.

Bring your bug spray, binoculars, camera, and walking shoes. There are 40 miles of trails and roads to explore. The area is open year-round during daylight hours but will close on certain days for special hunts.

Webb Wildlife Management Area turtle
Turtles can also be spotted here. Photo by Zadok Moss.

Webb Wildlife Management Area, 1282 Webb Ave, Garnett, SC 29922 

Webb Wildlife Management Area is located in Hampton County, only 38 minutes from I-95.

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Fun in Downtown Ridgeland

A quick hop off the interstate lets you stretch your legs and engage your mind.

The Blue Heron Nature Trail, Harold Turpin Park and Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage are located just seconds off Ridgeland’s I-95 Exit 21.

Blue Heron Nature Trail
Turtles often perch on logs along the banks of the Blue Heron pond. Photo Credit: Lyn Boyles

The Blue Heron Nature Center

The 10-acre Blue Heron Nature Center offers relief for the road-weary, and it’s as easy to get to as any rest area. 

The loop trail includes a section of boardwalk through a forested wetland filled with ferns and native plants.

Blue Heron Nature Trail
A boardwalk leads through the forested wetlands. Photo Credit: Lyn Boyles

This 10-acre green space boasts a quarter-mile recycled rubber trail around a three-acre pond and a quarter-mile of boardwalk through forested wetlands. The property also includes a butterfly garden, picnic area, outdoor classroom, observation decks, and a 4,200-square-foot Learning Center. Permanent trailside displays help visitors learn more about the native flora and fauna of Jasper County and the Lowcountry.

Scenic overlook at a pond
There are several scenic overlooks to observe wildlife. Photo Credit: Lyn Boyles

The nature trail leads you around the pond with several scenic overlooks along the way. Along the trail you will find benches, swings, and an attractive butterfly garden.

In addition to the herons, you may see ducks, turtles, fish, alligators, and other wildlife here. Also, several boardwalks take you through the surrounding forested wetlands. Get out of the traffic and spend some time relaxing while you wander around this natural gem.

Blue Heron Nature Trail
Benches are placed along the trail to rest and enjoy nature.
Photo Credit: Lyn Boyles

The nature trail is open daily dawn to dusk. The Nature Center is open Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Here you’ll find many displays of animals and other interesting facts about the South Carolina Lowcountry.

There is a parking lot that has plenty of room for a camper. The nature trail is also dog-friendly but be sure to pick up what you put down.

Harold Turpin Park Ridgeland, SC
The Harold Turpin Park is a wonderland for children.

The Harold Turpin Park

The Harold Turpin Park is located very close by. It is a great spot to bring a picnic and lets the kids take a break from the back seat. The recently updated park has a treehouse and zip line, as well as a water feature and many other goodies.

Harold Turpin Park Ridgeland, SC
A water feature is a perfect addition for hot summer days.

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

If you need more of a respite from I-95 traffic head into town just a few blocks to the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage. Their mission is to cultivate community experiences through education, preservation, and celebration of the region’s rich history and culture. Here you can see changing exhibits connected to the Lowcountry heritage.

3-D Honey Hill Battlefield Display
Get a feel for how this significant battle of the Civil War played out. This display features a three-dimensional diorama of the Honey Hill Battlefield that took place in Ridgeland, South Carolina on November 30, 1864.

Morris Center  3-D Honey Hill Battlefield Display

For more information on activities along the SC Lowcountry visit the South Carolina Lowcountry Day Trips page.

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Edisto Island State Park

Laid back family fun!

Edisto Beach State Park
Edisto Beach State Park image by Barbara Hatlaban

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.

Edisto Beach State Park marsh view.
Marsh view at Edisto Beach State Park. Image by Ecogardengroup.

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.

Edisto Beach State Park seashells.
Shell hunting is a favorite pastime on Edisto Beach. 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.

Edisto Beach State Park
There are many trails for hiking and biking. Photo by R2ontheroad.

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.

Edisto Beach State Park

A baby Sea Turtle heads for the ocean. Photo by Walterborolive.

 The park is a nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles. You can also spot white-tailed deer, raccoons, alligators, bobcats, and opossums.

Edisto Beach State Park
Stay in one of the seven furnished cabins. Photo by Elizabeth Faulkner

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.

Edisto Beach State Park
Photo of the environmental learning center by Elizabeth Faulkner.

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.

Edisto Beach State Park
These two sets of tracks show a turtle coming and going. Photo by Cole Rise.

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.

Edisto Beach State Park
Picnic tables can be found scattered in the shade of oaks near the beach.
Photo by Crystal Golden.

The park also includes picnic shelters and a park store.

Edisto Beach State Park
There are many fishing spots at Edisto Island State Park. Photo by Jeff Wayne.

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. 

Edisto Beach State Park
The sun rises and sets beautifully over Edisto Island State Park. Photo by Joshua Mattingly.

For more information on the park and other fun things to do in the Edisto Beach area visit For day trip ideas visit

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The Lowcountry & Resort Islands Region of South Carolina includes the four, southern-most counties in the state, Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Colleton, which are bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Savannah River and the state of Georgia.

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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!
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
A different type of sunrise for #sunrisesunday today. This is blue hour on Pawleys Island. Blue hour lighting hits different. Especially in places like this where there's such a vastness to the sky and you can see a gradient from stars to blues to the earliest purples from the sun's first rays in the sky, long before it even crests the horizon. Added benefit, no one in their right mind wakes up this early to be out an hour before sunrise. Except for me, that is. So, with my gas station coffee in hand, I get to enjoy this beautiful beach without another soul around. Just me, the waves, and the noseeums aggressively attacking me.
Beautiful Hinting Island State Park Sunset.
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Just found out my big 60x48 oil painting “Luminosity” sold and is heading to Atlanta, GA. A giant THANK YOU to Kathleen from Sandpiper Gallery sandpipergallery on Sullivan’s Island for finding a new home for this piece. 😊 :: :: :: daregalleryart photographicskiawah #oilpainting #tonalism #tonalpainting #impressionistart #sunset #sunsetpainting #marshpainting #kiawahisland #kiawahislandgolfresort #seabrookisland #charlestonsc #charlestonartist #allaprima #southcarolina #sclowcountry #pleinairpainter #pleinairmagazine #contemporarypainting #landscapepainters #interiordesign #chs #chstoday #chsdesign #charlestonliving
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Evenings in the Lowcountry
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Some shadowy, Spanish moss covered views for your Monday! Have you ever visited the Chapel of Ease? #DiscoverSC 📸📍Chapel of Ease, Beaufort: summitridgephotos
Sunrise over the lowcountry
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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

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