Colleton County

Lush Forest to Pristine Beaches of Colleton County

From its lush forests and marshes teeming with wildlife to its pristine beaches, historic Colleton County has much to offer. It was named for a Lord Proprietor, Sir John Colleton, who was bestowed a land grant from King Charles II in 1663. It is also the home of the Harriet Tubman Bridge and the Combahee River Raid.

 

During the 18th century, plantations with oak-lined drives and rich fields of rice dotted the countryside, making this area one of the leading producers of rice in America. A traditional, rural lifestyle still prevails.

Walterboro, settled in 1784 as a summer retreat for nearby plantations, is situated just off Interstate 95 and is a popular stop for travelers today. This attractive city abounds with fine examples of 19th century architecture including many lovely churches from earlier times as well as the South Carolina Artisans Center that provides a retail outlet for the state’s finest folk art and crafts. Shop for truly unique souvenirs and gifts. Groups are welcome.

 

Stretching along the county’s northern border is South Carolina’s official canoe and kayak trail tracing 56 miles of the blackwater Edisto River. An ancient waterway important to commerce in Colonial times and to the native Indians, the Edisto is reported to be the world’s longest free-flowing black water river. The Colleton State Park is located on this river. It serves as the base for the Edisto River Canoe & Kayak Trail. Cruising on the Combahee River is always a good idea.

 

There are many wildlife preserves and nature trails in Colleton County. Lowcountry wildlife, including deer, kingfishers, great blue herons and spottail bass, are abundant throughout Colleton County. Preserves, like Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, Bear Island Wildlife Management Area and Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve are popular havens for hunters, fishermen and nature lovers alike. Hikers enjoy the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary, the ACE Trail and Westvaco Trail. The Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge is home to one of the few surviving antebellum mansions in the ACE Basin area. There are also many hiking opportunities on Colleton County’s Edisto Island.
Jacksonboro’s Edisto Nature Trail, on Hwy 17, is another great place to get out and stretch your legs. Historic Pon Pon Chapel is a great place to have a picnic and take pictures.

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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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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
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Built by the Works Progress Administration, Colleton State Park is a 35 acre oasis along the Edisto River. The US government donated it to South Carolina in 1944.📸: colletoncounty.org#thatsmylowcountry #naturallyamazing #sclowcountry #colletonstatepark #colletoncountysc #exploresc #exploresouthcarolina
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