Hit the Trails in South Carolina’s Lowcountry

A couple sightseeing nature in South Carolina Lowcountry.

The New Year presents an opportunity to get active, discover new outdoor areas, and to hit the trails in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Located between Charleston and Savannah, South Carolina’s Lowcountry region offers a range of outdoor opportunities. With four State Parks, numerous state and national preserves, wildlife areas, and various county and city parks, individuals can indulge in activities like hiking, biking, birdwatching, or even canoeing and kayaking. 

Frampton Plantation House, situated near exit 33 on I-95, serves as a visitors center, providing tailored information about the trails in the four-county region. Visitors can acquire physical maps from this location to plan their adventures and find outdoor locations to connect with nature and possibly spot some fascinating bird species. 

Blue Heron in SC Lowcountry

Should you seek a reprieve from driving along Interstate 95, nearby destinations such as Colleton State Park, Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary, Ridgeland’s Blue Heron Nature Trail, Hardeeville’s Sergeant Jasper Park, and Savannah Wildlife Refuge serve as perfect pit stops. These locations offer more than just a break from driving, as they provide ample activities, sights, and educational opportunities that are worthy of a day trip. 

For those in the Hampton area, the gazebo at Lake Warren State Park offers breathtaking sunsets, while the Webb Wildlife Management Area is teeming with local wildlife, notably fox squirrels. If your travels take you to Bluffton or Hilton Head Island, make sure to include visits to Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Audubon Newhall Preserve in your itinerary. 

Two women, one walking and one in a wheelchair, enjoying a stroll down an accessible trail in South Carolina Lowcountry.

In the Beaufort area, the Spanish Moss Trail, Cypress Wetlands Trail, and County Passive Parks like Widgeon Point offer wonderful opportunities to observe the flora and fauna of the Lowcountry. Hunting Island State Park is an excellent destination for beach walks and hunting seashells and shark teeth. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring boneyard on the South Beach or the trails that wind through the island’s interior. 

Heading along Highway 17 between Beaufort and Charleston, be sure to explore the Edisto Nature Trail, Bear Island, and Donnelley Management Areas, as well as the remarkable Hollings ACE Basin Wildlife Refuge. If you continue on Scenic Highway 174 towards Edisto Beach, consider making a stop at Botany Bay before reaching Edisto Beach State Park. Here, you’ll find further opportunities to refine your shark teeth hunting skills. 

So, venture forth! Pack a picnic, bring your binoculars, and embrace your adventurous spirit, all while leaving behind only footprints.

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