Charleston’s parks beckon. Being cooped up from COVID and cold has left us with an unbridled desire to get outside. Take a a Kia Drive to one or more of these local destinations.
Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission (CCPC) operates an impressive network of parks that include beaches, waterparks, a marina and boat landings, a climbing wall, challenge course, interpretive center, equestrian center, a campground and event facilities. The parks are located throughout the region and offer a wide range of programs, classes, activities and 11,000 acres of natural beauty. Buy and annual pass. You will reap the rewards many times over.
- James Island County Park— includes a waterpark, challenge course, climbing wall, disc golf, campground and cottages.
- Palmetto Islands County Park—located in Mount Pleasant, this park features bicycle paths, boardwalks and picnic sites.
- Wannamaker County Park—located in North Charleston, Wannamaker Park features a waterpark, paved trails, picnic areas, bike and boat rentals, a dog park and a connection to the Wannamaker North Trail.
- Caw Caw Interpretive Center a Ravenel based treasure, Caw Caw is a historic rice plantation with trails, exhibits and abundant wildlife. The park offers early morning bird walks.
- Johns Island County Park—Mullet Hall Equestrian Center One of a handful of public equestrian trails in the Lowcountry, Mullet Hall features horse shows, festivals and events. The 20 miles of trails are open for walking.
- Mount Pleasant Pier The fishing pier juts out beneath the Ravenel Bridge. Part of Mount Pleasant’s Memorial Waterfront Park, it features a café and gift shop, gifts and souvenirs and a dances and events.
- Folly Beach County Park and Pier a beautiful beach with lifeguards, boardwalk, handicap ramp, beach chair and umbrella rentals, restrooms, outdoor showers and a snack bar. The Pier is currently closed.
- Isle of Palms County Park A beachfront area with seasonal lifeguards, outdoor showers, snacks, playground and sand volleyball.
- Kiawah Beachwalker Park The only public beach access on Kiawah Island
CCPC also operates these additional parks and facilities.
- Cooper River County Park & Marina
- McLeod Plantation Historic Site
- Laurel Hill County Park
- Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve
- The Lake House at Bulow(Open only for rentals)
- Old Towne Creek County Park(Open only for special events and rentals)
- Schroder Community Center
- Baptist Hill Tennis Complex
- Haut Gap Recreation Complex
- Thompson Hill Recreation Complex
- James Santee Recreation Complex
- Meggett County Park
- Stono River County Park
- SK8 Charleston
- West County Aquatic Center
In Charleston, there beautiful urban parks including Brittlebank Park, Hampton Park, Battery Park & White Point Gardens and Waterfront Park. The Charleston Parks Conservancy (CPC) works to keep the parks beautiful, sponsor events, and solicit volunteers and donors. If you would like to help maintain these public spaces, visit the CPC website.
We are fortunate to have such a network of public spaces to enjoy nature and the beauty of the Lowcountry.