Discover Why the South Carolina Lowcountry Is Naturally Amazing

Bicycles being placed in a pickup truck at Pinckney in the South Carolina Lowcountry

In the South Carolina Lowcountry, certain things are just in our nature: A rich history, a warm welcome, and a love of good food, good people, and the great outdoors. It’s a land steeped in American history, traditions and Gullah culture. A place full of tidal marshes, meandering streams, sandy beaches, saltwater, and sea breezes, peppered with secret fishing spots and dolphin sightings. The days begin and end with the sunrise over the ocean and sunset over the river. The communities in Lowcountry move in pure harmony with wildlife, and the lifestyle moves at its own serene pace.

This is where ancient oaks draped in Spanish moss seem to tell long-forgotten stories. Local shops hold both antique and new treasures waiting to be discovered. And oyster roasts, barbecue joints, and Lowcountry boils bring people together. 

A woman sipping a mocktail mule at brunch

South Carolina’s Lowcountry region is south of Charleston, north of Savannah, and, as locals like to say, just near heaven. Visitors are invited to explore the cultural heritage and sea island lifestyle. Warmed by Southern breezes and shaded by live oaks and stately palms, this area offers miles of white-sand beaches, championship golf, and hundreds of shops and restaurants. Activities include ecotours featuring dolphin watching, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fresh and saltwater fishing, as well as theaters, museums, and art galleries. There are house and garden tours, bird watching in pristine habitats, and many custom-designed programs.

Year-round festivals and special events celebrate everything from music, the arts, South Carolina Lowcountry cuisine, wine, vintage motor vehicles, shrimp, watermelons, soft shell crabs, boiled peanuts, rice, Gullah cultural heritage, PGA golf, plantation tours, and antiques. There’s fun for everyone.

The Lowcountry’s communities cover the spectrum in size and complexity. There’s internationally famous Hilton Head Island and beautiful Beaufort with its glimpses of the South Carolinian Lowcountry life and history. Cities like Walterboro, home to the South Carolina Artisans Center; Port Royal, home to the Cypress Wetlands Trail; and the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot offer intriguing sites to visit.

Beach Biking in the South Carolina Lowcountry

Edisto Beach, a family-oriented beach town, and Daufuskie Island, a surprising sea island, poses as new places to explore while the inland communities like Hampton, Varnville, and Estill surprise visitors with their Southern charm and historic resources. You will also find Bluffton to be quaint and historic–with an eclectic twist. Venture off Interstate 95 and to discover many more surprises in Yemassee, Point South, Ridgeland, and Hardeeville.

Our area features several beautiful state parks: Hunting Island and Edisto Beach for beach lovers, Colleton State Park on the beautiful Edisto River, and Lake Warren for freshwater fun.

Take time to visit the Frampton Plantation (our Visitors Center and Gift Shop) located just off of Exit 33 on Interstate 95. It is a great place to take a break from driving and perhaps enjoy a picnic lunch in our backyard. Be sure to come in to browse the gift shop and customize your journey down the “road less traveled.”

Come see why all of this and so much more are just in the South Carolina Lowcountry’s nature.
Coffin Road with mossy trees in the South Carolina Lowcountry

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Edisto Beach at dusk. The sand is grey and the sky is a mixture of golds and chilly blues. A thin salt withered tree stands on the beach.

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