Hardeeville Day Trips

Hardeeville Day Trips

Plan Your Day Trip in Hardeeville

Option 1 – Historic Tour

(See Visitors – Sites to See – Jasper County)

1. Purrysburg Monument
(Junction of Highways 34 & 203)

A cross-shaped marker of stone stands on a low bluff overlooking the Savannah River. This marks the spot of old Purrysburg. The monument was erected in the 1940’s by the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. Close by is the original cemetery, which is still in use today. The oldest tomb is dated 1781. In 1731 a group of 600 Swiss colonists migrated to this spot.  The monument stands proudly to remind visitors of the hardy folks that struggled to put down roots, many of which went on to become prominent landowners and rice planters.

2. Argent Steam Engine (843-784-2231, 205 Main St.)

The Argent Steam Engine   “Number 7” was donated to the town of Hardeeville after the Argent Lumber Company closed in 1960. This narrow gauge train with a balloon smoke stack was built around 1910 by the H.K. Porter Company. The train is very rare and attracts tourists from across the nation. “Number 7” was used by the Argent Lumber Company to haul timber from the forest to the mill. This train engine is a wonderful relic for the logging and lumbering industry of this area. The train engine is on display at City Hall and can be viewed during daylight hours.

3. Hardeeville United Methodist Church (106 Main St.)

Hardeeville United Methodist Church dates back to 1860. Just after construction, the church was used as a hospital for Civil War soldiers. Due to Union occupation of the building, it was spared from fire when much of the town was burned in 1865. The bell that hangs in the belfry has some interesting history. It was taken from the last slave ship to sail up the Savannah River. A slave gallery once wrapped around the upper part of the sanctuary. It was removed in 1884. The church was beautifully restored in 1947 and is still in use with an active congregation today. The church is located at 106 Main Street in downtown Hardeeville.

 3. Lunch at a local restaurant
Hardeeville has a menu to fit any appetite: barbeque, oriental, seafood, Mexican, fried chicken…

fried chicken slaw

Option 2 – Nature Tour

(See Visitors – Sites to See – Jasper County)

1. Sgt Jasper Park nature walk or disk golf

(843-784-5130, 1456 Red Dam Rd), open daily during daylight hours

Read HERE about spending a day at Sgt Jasper Park.

Located just off Interstate 95, this 321 acre park features beautiful nature scenery. Wildlife abounds in this pine forest. An observation deck overlooking the pond is the perfect spot to locate and watch birds and other water-loving small animals. Walking trails lead visitors around a large pond which is great for fishing. Kayak and canoe rentals are also available. An 18-hole championship disk golf course is also located within the park.

 2. Picnic in the park
Sgt Jasper Park has wonderful picnic facilities. A covered shelter holds tables, grills and trash receptacles.

3. Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

(Hwy 17 between Hardeeville & Savannah) open daily during hours of daylight.

Read HERE about spending time at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.

Read HERE about hiking at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is the home of over 29,000 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks and bottomland hardwoods. The refuge is located in the heart of the Lowcountry, outside Hardeeville near the Savannah River. Known for its rich flora during the summer months, the refuge supports a diverse wildlife population. During the winter months, many  species of ducks migrate into the area. In the spring and fall, transient songbirds stop briefly on their journey to and from northern nesting grounds. Bald Eagles and Egrets, Kingfishers and many other fish-eating birds call the refuge home. Alligators are also in resident on the refuge.

The driving tour takes visitors through historic rice fields. It is located on Hwy 170. The Visitor Center on Hwy 17, between Hardeeville and Savannah, is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. There is also a nature trail at this location.

Jasper County Dining

Hardeeville Coffee Houses

Dunkin’ Donuts
524 Independence Blvd, (843) 784-5555

Hardeeville Dining

Chickin Lickin
16161 Whyte Hardee Blvd, (843)784-5141

Hashtag B’stro
19000 Whyte Hardee Blvd, 843-288-3165

Southern Spice Deli & Catering
246 Mead Rd, (843)784-3354

Tailgators Bar & Grille
1108 Argent Blvd, (843)645-2337

 

Ridgeland Coffee

PJ’s Coffee
8026 East Main St, (843)726-8888

Ridgeland Breweries

River Dog Brewing Company
591 Browns Cove Rd N, Okatie

Ridgeland Dining

Alchile Mexican Grill
8084 E Main St, 843-726-4289

Duke’s BBQ
10190 S Jacob Smart Blvd, ( 843)726-6244

Eats & Sweets Bakery & Cafe
7752 W Main St, (843)645-0888

Fiddlers Seafood Restaurant
7738 W Main St, ( 843)726-6691

Pizza Bella on Main
8196 E Main St, (843)717-3111

Roxy’s Breakfast & Lunch
11382 N Jacob Smart Blvd, 843-717-2967

Taqueria Rocio
7715 W Main St, (843)726-8273

 

Point South Dining

Hunt Brothers Pizza Shop
14 Campground Rd, (843)726-5733

Subway
698 Kings Hwy, (843)726-5008

Harold’s Country Club
97 Hwy 17A & Pocotaligo Road, (843) 589-4360

Waffle House
41 Yemassee Rd, (843)726-6006

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Yemassee Distillery

Lucky Duck Distillery
17 Yemassee Hwy, (843)589-5440

Yemassee Dining

Lowcountry Living Room Coffee House
216 Hwy 17-A, (843)384-9650

Harold’s Country Club
97 Hwy 17A & Pocotaligo Road, (843) 589-4360

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Jasper County Area Sights to See

Jasper County Sights to See

Hardeeville Sites

Ridgeland Sites

Argent Steam Engine “Old Number 7”
36 Main Street, Hardeeville
This rare train was built around 1910 by the H.K. Porter Company. “Number 7” was used to haul timber. It is a wonderful relic for the logging and lumbering industry.
History and Nature are Alive in Hardeeville Blog Post

Blue Heron Nature Trail
321 Bailey Lane, Ridgeland | (843)726-7611
This easy walking 0.6 mile loop is home to turtles, ducks, wading herons, and alligators. The path leads visitors around a pond and into a low-lying wooded. area. The Nature Center is open for viewing Monday thru Friday 9:00am to noon.
Ridgeland’s Blue Heron Nature Trail Blog Post

Hardeeville Dog Park
285 John Smith Road | (843)227-4089
Bring your dog to the Hardeeville Dog Park and spend the afternoon off-leash without worries. The park is divided into three areas for small, large, and senior dogs ages 7 and older.  The park also has a water fountain for dogs.

Church of the Holy Trinity, Grahamville
2718 Bees Creek Road, Ridgeland | (843)726-3743
This stately Episcopal Church was spared on General Sherman’s march through the area simply because it had been used as a headquarters for Federal troops during the Civil War. Built at Grahamville in 1855, the church now has a recently refurbished interior. A more modern parish house nearby simulates the Gothic design of the church building. The church Bible, probably stolen during the Civil War, was returned to Grahamville in 1928. A New York music publisher had discovered it in an attic.
Historic Churches of Ridgeland Blog Post

Hardeeville Methodist Church
111 Main Street, Hardeeville
No sooner had the Hardeeville Methodist Church been dedicated for worship in 1860 than the nation was launched into civil war and the building was put to use as a hospital. The frame church building originally contained a sizeable gallery for use by local slaves. Church members also adhered to the custom of seating men on the right and women on the left.
History and Nature are Alive in Hardeeville Blog Post

Euhaw Baptist Church
2576 Bees Creek Road, Ridgeland | (843)726-3343
Although the existing building at Grahamville is relatively new, the original Euhaw Baptist Church was organized in 1751 as part of the Charles Town Baptist Association. Located on Euhaw Creek, a few miles from the present site, the original building fell into disuse as families began moving to Grahamville, and in 1865 it was destroyed by Union troops. The present structure, built in 1907 has beautiful twin towers on each side of the entrance.
Historic Churches of Ridgeland Blog Post

Hardeeville Recreation Center
285 John Smith Road | (843)227-4089
This state of the art 35,000 square foot facility has a fully equipped fitness center, indoor walking track, basketball courts, Tai Chi classes, yoga and much, much more.

Gillisonville Baptist Church
10158 Grays Highway, Ridgeland
Gillisonville was the governmental seat of Beaufort District when the church building was completed in 1838. The pulpit, in fact, had once been the judge’s seat. All that has been changed on this simple but beautiful church is the steeple, which was demolished by a Union cannon during the Civil War. Box pews and a slave gallery in the rear remains today. Union troops used the church as a headquarters during the war, and one of the old Communion plates still used today is inscribed: “War of 1861-2-3-4. Feb. 1865 This done by a Yankee soldier.”
Historic Churches of Ridgeland Blog Post

Purrysburg Monument
Hwy. 34 & 203, 2 miles west of Hardeeville, Purrysburg Road
Purrysburg was founded in 1732 by Swiss Huguenots but failed due to competition from nearby Savannah. A cross marks the settlement’s location on the Savannah River today, celebrating Hardeeville’s earliest history.
History and Nature are Alive in Hardeeville Blog Post

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
10782 Jacob Smart Boulevard South, Ridgeland | (843)284-9227
Located in the heart of downtown Ridgeland in a historic Sinclair Service Station, the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is a learning and exhibition center dedicated to preserving and nurturing the history, culture and spirit of Jasper County and its surrounding counties.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
694 BEECH HILL LANE, HARDEEVILLE
(843)784-2468
The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and nature trail is located on Hwy 17, north of the Georgia border, near Hardeeville. The 5-mile drive through old rice field dikes can be accessed via Hwy 170. The refuge is home to over 7,000 acres of wetlands flora and fauna. There are also over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails for your enjoyment.
Trail Map
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Blog Post

Pratt Memorial Library
451A Wilson Street, Ridgeland |(843)726-774
Jasper County’s public library in Ridgeland is significant both for what it houses and for its exterior. Inside, the walls of the library are graced with more than 200 portraits and maps relating to lowcountry history. Some 250 rare books tell the history of the area, and archeological artifacts make for fascinating displays. Outside, the building is adorned by a beautiful garden designed by nationally renowned landscape architect Richard K. Webel. It was Mrs. Webel who donated the building to the people of Jasper County in memory of her late husband, Frederic R. Pratt. The building was formerly a part of the Ridgeland Elementary School, built in the 1920’s.

Sergeant Jasper Park
This park features walking trails, kayak and canoe rentals, and a disk golf course, along with a playground and meeting facility.
Sergeant Jasper Park Blog Post

Robertville Baptist Church
26 Robertville Drive, Robertville
Black Swamp Baptist Church was organized in 1781, but its church building was burned by Sherman’s troops during the Civil War. About three years later the Black Swamp congregation bought the present-day structure, then a 20-year-old Episcopal Church building, and moved it from Gillisonville. The white frame building has Greek Revival architectural features. Black Swamp Baptist was renamed Robertville Baptist in 1934 to honor the native Robert family, one member of which was the author of Robert’s Rules of Order.
Historic Churches of Ridgeland Blog Post

Thomas Heyward Jr. Tomb
Thomas Heyward, Jr. (1749-1809) was most famous as a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was a member of the South Carolina Bar, a statesman, a circuit court judge, and a founder and the first president of the Agricultural Society of South Carolina. When he was named a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1776 he was not yet 30 years old. The burial site is across the creek from White Hall Plantation where Heyward lived. A half-mile-long lane of live oaks leads from Highway 462 to the family cemetery where the State of South Carolina erected a monument and bust of Heyward in 1920.

Jasper County Accommodations

Jasper County Accommodations

Camping

Camp Lake Jasper
44 Camp Lake Drive
843-784-5200

The Oaks Campground
1292 Campground Rd, (843)726-5728
I-95, Exit 33 at Hwy 17
RV, tent sites, full hookup.

Point South KOA Kampground
Point South, (843)726-5733, (800)562-2948
I-95, Exit 33 at Hwy 17
RV, camping cabins, authentic railroad camping caboose, tent sites, Lake Tullifinny, hot tub, pool, wi-fi, movies, rec room with 50″ big screen TV, convenience store, carry-out pizza & coffee house.
Point South KOA Blog Post

Hotels/Motels

Best Western Plus
18102 Whyte Hardee Blvd, (843)784-2121

Days Inn by Wyndham
16633 Whyte Hardee Blvd.
843-784-2281

Deluxe Inn
19725 Whyte Hardee Blvd.
843-784-3155

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
19534 Whyte Hardee Blvd, 510-6444

Holiday Inn Express
145 Independence Blvd.
843-784-2800, 888-465-432

Motel 6 
120 Independence Blvd
843-784-3192, 800-466-8356

Quality Inn & Suites
19000 Whyte Hardee Blvd.
843-278-6972

Red Roof Inn
1122 Hummingbird Lane
800-733-7663

Sleep Inn
16553 Whyte Hardee Blvd.
877-593-9403

Super 8
19289 Whyte Hardee Blvd.
843-784-2151, 800-454-3213

Jasper County Tours

Jasper County Tours

Hardeeville

The City of Hardeeville sits just off Interstate 95. In the downtown area you can find Argent Engine #5. It is a testimony to the days when the Argent Lumber Company was an integral part of the area’s economy. Mill Pond Landing is the host of several fishing tournaments and the annual Hardeeville Native American Pow Wow. If you’re looking for a nature hike in Hardeeville, look no farther than Sgt Jasper Park. Located just outside of town, this is a great place to get off the interstate and stretch your legs in the heart of the Lowcountry.

A little way from the landing, a cross shaped monument stands where the settlement of Purrysburg once was. Land was given to Swiss colonizer Jean Pierre Purry in 1731 by the King of England but the establishment failed. Located just south of Hardeeville is the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. The 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.

The Hardeeville Chamber hosts a fun filled SC/GA Border Cook Off BBQ competition each spring.

Ridgeland

The Town of Ridgeland is also just off Interstate 95 and accessible from exits 21 and 22. The Blue Heron Nature Trail is a terrific place to stop to give everyone in the family, even your four legged members, a chance to stretch out their legs and get a breath of fresh air. There are many Historic Churches in Ridgeland and the surrounding villages. Ridgeland is also the home of the Blue Heron Nature Trail, Morris Center and Harold Turpin Park.

The town celebrates its connection with the Gopher Tortoise each year in October at the Gopher Hill Festival. In February, the Jasper County Jamboree draws sportsmen and women from all across the nation to compete in this American Kennel Club event.

Both the City of Hardeeville and the Town of Ridgeland offer several choices for accommodations and dining experiences. They are great examples of typical small towns in the South Carolina Lowcountry. You can learn more about these wonderful communities at the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce.

 

Palm Key
330 Coosaw Way
843-726-6524

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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