Jasper County Attractions
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Blue Heron Nature Trail
Behind Comfort Inn, Ridgeland, Exit 21. (843)726-8148. Allows visitors the opportunity for a short stroll or extended adventure. The trail bed is constructed of ground recycled South Carolina tires & encircles a beautiful three-acre lake. The site has several docks from which visitors can feed large fish, turtles & ducks, as well as an extensive butterfly garden & a boardwalk through native wetlands. Read our Blue Heron Nature Trail Blog.
Frampton Plantation Museum House and SC Lowcountry Tourism Commission
842-717-3090, (1 Frampton Dr, off I-95 Exit 33, opens daily 8:30-5)
This plantation house was originally built in the 1700’s as part of an original King’s Grant. The plantation contained thousands of acres, producing Sea Island cotton and rice. The owner, John Frampton, served as a delegate in the 1860 South Carolina Convention, and as such was a signer of the Ordinance of Secession. After the family fled, General Lee’s Confederate troops built an earthwork gun emplacement to help protect the railroad located behind the house. These mounds can still be seen behind the house today. Due to Frampton’s involvement in succession his plantation was targeted and burned during Sherman’s “March to the Sea”. Frampton, having fled the area, returned after the war with ample wealth to rebuild his home and continue farming. The house has been refurbished and is in use today as the Lowcountry Visitor Center and Museum. Picnic under 250 year old live oak trees that are dripping with Spanish moss. Frampton Plantation has picnic facilities including tables and trash cans. The plantation has restrooms, ample parking for campers and a dog walking area. After lunch come inside and browse through the museum and visitor’s center.
Pauline Pratt Webel Museum
403 Russell Street, Ridgeland
(843)726-8126. Offers a wonderful eclectic collection of artifacts, prints and
other items… from ancient Indian pottery & arrow points to Civil War memorabilia.
Port Royal Sound Foundation
310 Okatie Hwy., (843)645-7774
Wherever you travel in Beaufort County and the surrounding area, you’ll likely cross the waters of Port Royal Sound. These waters are some of the most pristine in the country. The Port Royal Sound Foundation offers a variety of educational and recreational programs and exceptional events for all ages that are sure to enlighten, inform and delight.
Pratt Memorial Library
451A Wilson Street, Ridgeland
(843)726-7744. More than 200 portraits & maps relating to the Lowcountry, 250 rare books on area history & many Native American artifacts, mostly from Jasper County.
Hwy. 34 & 203, 2 miles west of Hardeeville, Purrysburg Road. Lonely, cross-shaped monument on the Savannah River banks marks the site of a 1731 Swiss settlement.
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
US 17, Jasper County, (912)652-4415.
Established 1927, protects old rice fields & numerous species of wildlife including ducks, birds, deer, & alligators. Free 4-mile driving tour, sunrise to sunset. Over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails can also be found in the refuge. Tour buses call in advance. BLOG
Sergeant Jasper Park
(843)784-5130, near Hardeeville.
130 acres, picnic shelters, lake fishing.
Banquet Room available. Read our Sgt. Jasper Park Blog.
Steam Engine No. 7
Main Street, Hardeeville.
Once a workhorse of Argent Lumber Company operating in Hardeeville, the engine is a 1910 model & was actively used until 1957.
Thomas Heyward, Jr., Tomb
Hwy. 278 & 462 junction.
Thomas Heyward Jr (1746-1809), signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born and laid to rest at Old House Plantation. A half-mile avenue of oaks leads visitors to the family burial plot. The state of South Carolina erected a monument and bust of Heyward in 1920. He was a delegate in the Continental Congress. He was also a member of the SC Bar, a statesman, circuit court judge, and founder and first president of the Agricultural Society of SC. The last to survive among the South Carolina signers, he died in 1809 at the age of 62 and was interred in the family cemetery. Open to the public, this location is a quiet and restful spot to picnic and roam.