1. Home
  2. /
  3. Media + Gallery
  4. /
  5. Lowcountry Stories
  6. /
  7. Outdoor Adventures in the Lowcountry

Outdoor Adventures
in the Lowcountry

The Lowcountry is a prime location for nature lovers. From beaches to woodlands, there is something for every outdoor enthusiast. With each scenic location comes a variety of activities to enjoy while you’re there.

Sportsmen, rejoice! The region is an oasis of fishing with fresh and saltwater options. It’s also a hunter’s paradise with unmatched lodges and plantations. The outdoor fun continues with miles of beaches and seemingly endless water activities. From boating, sailing and jet skiing to kayaking and paddle boarding, you can experience true South Carolina beauty on the water.

First, stop at the Lowcountry Visitors Center & Museum (Frampton Plantation) to pick up maps and area information before setting out on your adventure. From there, it’s a short drive in any direction to experience rivers, trails, state parks, wildlife sanctuaries, lighthouses – you name it! Set out on your own trek with your map in hand, discovering as you go. Or schedule a tour and experience the area as a local, learning on the way. The choice is yours.

Parks & Wildlife Management Areas

The largest estuary of its kind on the East Coast, the ACE Basin, covers 350,000 acres of cypress swamps, saltwater marsh, beach, woodlands and coastal communities bounded by the namesake Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers.

At Edisto Beach State Park you can unwind in a cabin or at the oceanfront campground. The Edisto Interpretive Center and Edisto Serpentarium offer insights into the area’s ecology.

In the small community of Jacksonboro, the Edisto Nature Trail leads to fauna, flora and historical landmarks including old rice field banks.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area provides a haven for shore and wading birds and self-guided driving trails across old rice fields. On U.S. 17 in Green Pond, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area includes wetland and upland habitats including rice fields, forested wetland, tidal marsh, and upland forest types.

Continue your adventure at the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary and Discovery Center, which features a truly unique “braided creek” swamp. A network of boardwalks, hiking, biking and canoe trails provide a perfect vantage point to observe the diversity of wildlife.

Colleton State Park along the scenic Edisto River is a paddler’s paradise with 23 miles of blackwater river to explore. Then in Hampton, Lake Warren State Park features picnic facilities, a spacious lake for fishing and boating, and a community building. The park also features a 200-acre lake and two nature trails.

The most popular state park in South Carolina, Hunting Island State Park, delights with miles of beach, fishing pier and a jungle-like interior. The climb to the top of the historic lighthouse provides pristine panoramic views of the surrounding area.

In Ridgeland, you can explore both the Blue Heron Nature Trail and the Blue Heron Learning Center. Depending on the season, you will be treated to a variety of butterflies attracted to flowers in a special butterfly shaped garden. Nearby, outside of Hardeeville, the Savannah Wildlife Refuge borders the Savannah River and provides outstanding wildlife viewing.

Birdwatchers, the Lowcountry is the perfect destination for your beloved hobby. Port Royal’s Cypress Wetlands Trail is home to herons, hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, geese, ducks, and other migratory waterfowl. See how many you can spot, and you may also discover other residents including alligators and turtles.

In the heart of Hampton County, you’ll find the Webb Wildlife Management Area, a blackwater wonderland along the Savannah River. This area is protected by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to protect and preserve the wildlife habitat on the historic property. Follow the Bluff Lake directional signs to find the 2.1-mile Savannah River Nature Trail and a 1.2-mile canoe trail. Two oxbow lakes provide great opportunities for fishing and canoeing. There are many opportunities along the way to spot local wildlife, including white-tailed deer, fox squirrels, turkeys, alligators and turtles.

Near Bluffton, the Victoria Bluff Wildlife Management Area has controlled hiking, bird watching, picnicking and camping. Crossing from the mainland to Hilton Head, you pass the entrance to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, which includes Pinckney Island, Corn Island, Big and Little Harry Islands, and Buzzard Island.

Birding enthusiasts enjoy viewing a variety of winged creatures here, as well. View the large concentrations of white ibis, herons, and egrets. On Hilton Head Island, you can drop a line for freshwater pond fishing at Jarvis Creek Park or walk the trails at the Audubon Newhall Preserve.

 

Leave the land behind when you paddle a kayak or canoe along one of the many Lowcountry rivers. Pause to commune with nature as you spot waterfowl and fish, along with the animals on nearby land.

Pick up the pace with a personal watercraft when you feel the need for speed. Rent a pontoon boat for a leisurely day on the water with your family. Let the wind guide you with a sailing expedition. From the freshwater of Hardeeville and Walterboro to the salt water of Edisto Island, Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, rental companies are available to get you on the water for a day of fun.

With an abundance of marinas, charter fishing services, boat ramps and fishing piers, advanced and novice fishers will find plenty of places to wet a hook in the Lowcountry. Freshwater catches include catfish, sunfish, bass and crappie. Casting in salt water can yield snapper, king mackerel, grouper, redfish and more.

 

 

Land Activities

Knowledgeable hunters head to the Lowcountry for the longest white-tail deer season in the country (August-December). Professional hunting lodges and plantations are available and provide services including meals and guides.

Are you into sports? Build a golf lover’s itinerary that has you playing multiple courses during your stay or enjoy one round as part of your family vacation. Or show off your forehand on the tennis court and impress your kids.

Get everyone out to soak up the sun with a group bike ride. Or saddle up and take a horse ride amid Spanish moss-draped trees or along the beach at Hunting Island. You really can’t go wrong however you decide to view the breathtaking Lowcountry communities.

Camping in the Lowcountry

It’s like a voice calling to you, begging to reconnect with nature. Answer the call and escape to one of South Carolina’s campgrounds for a chance to unplug and reconnect in the great outdoors.

There is an abundance of campgrounds in the Lowcountry with amenities to fit any need. Find them here:

  • Bluffton – Beaufort County
    Stoney Crest Plantation Campground
  • St. Helena Island – Beaufort County
    Tuck In The Wood Campground
  • Hilton Head Island – Beaufort County
    Hilton Head Harbor Rv Resort
    Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort
  • Edisto Island – Colleton County
    Edisto Beach State Park
  • Hunting Island – Beaufort County
    Hunting Island State Park Campground
  • Walterboro – Colleton County
    Colleton State Park
    Edisto River Treehouses
  • Parris Island – Beaufort County
    Parris Island Rv P

See what our visitors love about the
SOUTH CAROLINA LOWCOUNTRY

Use the #hashtag #sclowcountry to get your image featured!

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.

#southcarolinaliving #southcarolina #edistobeach #edistosc #southcarolinanature #bestofthepalmettostate #onlyinsouthcarolina #treesofinstagram #treeporn #lowcountry #lowcountryliving #sclowcountry #southcarolinabeaches #charleston #charlestonsc #ig_naturelovers #ig_southcarolina #viewsofthesouth #charlestonlife
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
Riding into the weekend like...Isn't this live oak tree tunnel beautiful? Live oak, draped in Spanish moss, is emblematic of South Carolina and many of the Southern states. We love these iconic trees, not only for their beauty, but their history as well. The average lifespan of a live oak is 300 years!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!
high tide in the marsh with a snowy egret #marsh #sclowcountry #lowcountry #southcarolinabirds #southcarolina #birds_adored #snowyegret #egret #birdphotography #nikonphotography #nikonbirdphotography #birds_captures #birdsofsouthcarolina #hhi #hiltonheadisland
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
Hope you’ve had a beautiful Saturday in South Carolina! #DiscoverSC 📸📍: Botany Bay: donniewhitaker
Geminid Meteor Shower under a canopy of fall leaves 🍁✨ Shot from a pitch black dirt road in the South Carolina Lowcountry
Wonderful being in the Lowcountry again for the holiday! #sclowcountry
“July”, 10x15,  oil on linen.  hortonhayesfineart hortonhayesfineartstudio markkelvinhortonstudio #sky #skydrama #skypainters #marsh #marshpainting #southcarolina #sclowcountry #charlestonsc #charlestonartists #landscapepaintingnow #landscapeartist #waterways #contemporarypainting #sunsets #sunsetpaintings #studiopainting
American Bald Eagle #americanbaldeagle #baldeagle #eagle #raptor #raptorphotography #birdsofprey #birdofpreyphotography #birds #birdsofinstagram #birdphotography #wildlife #nature #sclowcountry #palmettostate #bestofpalmettostate #getoutside #shotoncanon #audubonsociety #nationalgeographic #natgeo #natgeowild
Who would you get lost with in South Carolina's Lowcountry? thatsmylowcountry #sclowcountry
A gorgeous mushroom shows off on Edisto Island. #mushrooms #fantasticfungi #wildmushrooms #beachmushrooms #islandlife #mushroomphotography #toadstools #forestlover #woodland #woodlandphotography #forestcore #woodlandaesthetic #cottagecore #fairycore #magicforest #sclowcountry #edistoisland #fypシ #allthemushroomtags #takeawalk #observenature
Entering Shem Creek#shemcreek #shemcreeksc #onlyinsouthcarolina #sclowcountry #southcarolina #southcarolinaliving #coastalsouth #coastalliving #thecoastwiththemost #charlestonsc #shrimpboats #shrimpers #creekboats #waterscapephotography #waterscape #waterview
Here’s some good news to start your weekend with: Cypress Gardens is close to making a comeback, after being shut down for nearly 3 years. 🌱 Berkeley County officials say they’re hoping to have the clean-up + restoration (which has been going on since the gardens were damaged in the October 2015 floods) complete by late summer. // 📸: ohheyitsjesss
Fresh off the easel, 16x20 titled “Moonlight on the Marsh”.
.
.
#georgestonefineart
#oilpaintersofamerica
#columbiascart #columbiascartists #onmyeasel #pleinair #pleinairpainting #debordieu #sccoast #sccoastalliving #marsh #nocturne #sclowcountry #sclowcountryliving
There is something majestic about Spanish moss! Spanish moss is very prevalent in the lowcountry adding an extra layer of beauty to the trees. Spanish moss is a flowering plant that is neither Spanish, nor a moss. It is a bromeliad that grows hanging from tree branches in a chain-like manner. The plant is particularly fond of live oak and bald cypress trees that grow in the lowlands, swamps and savannas of the south. This photo was taken in our neighborhood. 🤎🌳
.
.
.
.
.
.
#canonusa #lowcountry #influencer #southcarolina #lowcountrylife #lowcountryphotographer #spanishmoss #visitsouthcarolina #visitsc #sclowcountry #mayriver #exploresouthcarolina #exploresc #blufftonsc #seaislands #gullah #lakelife #sunshine #k9palsmardigras #heelerkite #southernliving pupfluence pupgagement petfollowtrain southcarolina hamptonlake

The South Carolina Lowcountry Guidebook is filled with many things to see and do in the beautiful Lowcountry of South Carolina. Please fill out the information and we will send you a FREE GUIDE BOOK.

    Stay Up To Date

    Sign up for our newsletter!