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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