Walterboro Day Trips

Walterboro Day Trips

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Option 1 – Historic Downtown

1. Walterboro  Welcome Center, 843-538-4353 

1273 Snider’s Hwy, located off I-95 at Exit 53

The Walterboro Welcome Center has information that will enhance your visit to this historic town. While there, make sure to pick up a copy of the self-guided tour pamphlet.

2. Self-guided tour of Historic Walterboroalt

(Support materials available at the Welcome Center.)

Spend the morning walking under the canopy of ancient live oak tree-lines streets
enjoying the beauty of this historic town. Learn about the homes and government
buildings that make this town so unique.
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alt3. Lunch at a Local Restaurant

Walterboro offers locally owned diners that offer the best of Lowcountry cuisine, and many of the nationally recognizable restaurants you already enjoy. Come to Walterboro and see what everyone is talking about.

4. Colleton Museum, 843-549-2303colleton museum

506 E Washington St

The Colleton Museum features exhibits on Colleton County’s history, and
Natural Resources, Plantation Era relics. Listed on the National Register
of Historic Places.

alt5. Artisan Center, 843-549-0011

334 Wichman St

Art from over 300 of the State’s finest juried artists and craftsmen can be purchased here. Demonstrations and exhibits can also be seen here. . It’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate the folk art and fine craftsmanship of South Carolina artisans while creating a better understanding of the state’s rich cultural heritage.

altOption 2 – Historic Downtown

1. Bedon-Lucas House Museum, 843-549-9633

205 Church St

Built in the 1820’s, this is one of Walterboro’s five remaining “high houses,” named for the structure’s high height off the ground. It is one of the key historic properties in the Walterboro Historic District. The well-preserved interior features original heart pine floors and an excellent display of antique furnishings. The home serves as The Museum of Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society.
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alt2. Lunch At A Local Restaurant

Walterboro offers locally owned “diners” that offer the best of Lowcountry cuisine, and many of the nationally recognizable restaurants you already enjoy. Come to Walterboro and see what everyone is talking about.

alt4. Tuskegee Airmen Monument

537 Aviation Way, Walterboro Airport

This monument commemorates the heroism of America’s first black military airmen, who enlisted during World War II. Before being sent into the action of war, these men received their final three months of training at the Walterboro Army Airfield. They learned to fly three types of aircraft that were used to escort larger planes into battle. During the war, 1,000 Tuskegee Airmen flew 1,578 missions. This monument celebrates the courage, bravery and dedication of the African-American men who fought during the war.

altOption 3 – Nature Tour

1. Tour ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge, 843-521-3099

8675 Willtown Road

The Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge helps protect the largest undeveloped estuary along the Atlantic Coast, with rich bottomland hardwoods and fresh and salt water marsh offering food and cover to a variety of wildlife. ACE Basin stands for the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers. Click on the picture to the right for detailed directions to the refuge.
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alt2. Bear Island Wildlife Sanctuary – picnic and observe wildlife, 843-844-2957 

TiTi Rd, Green Pond, off Hwy 17

This area is considered to be one of the best birding areas in the state. Visitors can see a wide variety of rare species. The area provides quality habitat for wintering waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Bird watchers will find threatened and endangered species such as wood storks and bald eagles. The diverse area is excellent for attracting waterfowl, wading birds and shore birds as well. Two observation platforms and miles of dikes provide optimum wildlife viewing opportunities. The area is free and open to the general public.
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Option 4 – Nature Tour

alt1. Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary, 843-538-4353

399 DeTreville St

Walterboro’s nature-based sanctuary offers visitors a Lowcountry experience combining history, culture, recreation and education in a southern lowlands setting. A network of boardwalks, hiking, biking and nature trails provide a perfect vantage point to observe the diversity of plants and wildlife inhabiting the black-water bottomland of Colleton County. Located within the ACE Basin, the 842-acre sanctuary features the only braided creek swamp accessible to the public. Admission is free.
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alt2. Donnelley Wildlife Area picnic and observe wildlife, 843-844-8957 

585 Donnelley Dr, off Hwy 17

This wildlife management area is designated as an important birding area, providing vital habitat for birds. It is owned and managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.  It encompasses a unique diversity of managed rice fields, forested wetlands, tidal marsh, and agricultural land. The area has two designated nature trails and miles of dirt roads for hikers and bicyclists to explore. Late winter through early spring provided optimum bird-watching opportunities. Alligators are also in abundance here. A driving tour of the area is an option for those who are mobility impaired.
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Option 5 – A day on the River

alt1. Canoe or kayak day trip (See Visitors – Water sports)

Kayak or canoe on the longest, free-flowing  of black water river in the Southeast. Paddle through miles of undeveloped shoreline to observe nature at its purest. Don’t forget to bring the camera.

picnic 2(1)2. Picnic along the shore

After a day paddling along the Edisto River, relax on the shore with a picnic and enjoy the sunshine of the afternoon.

Option 6 – Colleton State Park

Just off I-95, on Hwy 15 in Canadys, 843-538-8206


1. Camp

The main roads at the park and in the campground are paved. Each site is packed sand and has individual water and electrical hookups. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, others up to 25 feet. The campground is convenient to restrooms with hot showers.
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2. Fish

Enjoy fishing in the Edisto River for bream, redbreast and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required. This park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept of Natural Resources. Rods and reels are available for loan at the park office.

3. Canoe

This park serves as the headquarters for the Edisto River canoe and kayak trail. A canoe trail between altColleton and Givhans Ferry is 21 miles by river and 15 miles by highway. Thirteen to fifteen paddling time is required for the full distance depending on current.

Option 7 – Biking in Donnelley Wildlife Area 

585 Donnelley Dr, off Hwy 17, 843-844-8957

Donnelley 21. Boynton Nature Trail

Stop at the kiosk when entering the wildlife area or click HERE to get a map of the trails. Enjoy the morning viewing nature from a mountain bike.

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2. Picnic
Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch in one of the many beautiful spots in the wildlife area.

alt3. Backwater Trail
After lunch continue biking through the Backwater trail.

Option 8 – Wildlife Experience

1. Walterboro Wildlife Center

100 S Jefferies Blvd, Walterboro, (843)782-6081
The Walterboro Wildlife Center is an interpretive exhibit hall showcasing the plant and animal life in the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary and the Lowcountry. The 7,000 square foot discovery center coordinates with the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary.
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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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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
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