Colleton County, SC
Nestled between the Edisto and Combahee Rivers, much of the lower portion of Colleton County lies within the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Parks and recreation areas
- Bee City
Come to Bee City to see and learn about bees, plus a lot of other animals. The petting zoo here contains a wonderful group of exotic animals, including monkeys, lemurs, birds, goats, llamas, and alpacas. This is a fun place to spend the day for both kids and adults!
- Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area
Many people visit Botany Bay Plantation to enjoy time in this wonderful unspoiled coastal wilderness. Botany Bay is a 4687-acre wildlife and heritage preserve located at the northeast corner of Edisto Island, within the boundary of the ACE Basin. You can spend many hours hiking its trails, strolling the beach, or enjoying the driving tour. Horseback riding is allowed on certain roads by permit only.
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- Colleton State Park
This state park is a popular stop-over for interstate travelers. Campers, fishermen, and canoeists enjoy the peaceful and relaxing waters of the Edisto River, with its diversity of wildlife. Colleton State Park is on a portion of the river that has been designated as an official canoe and kayak trail. A nature trail also runs next to the swamp.
- Edisto Beach State Park
This popular state park is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. It provides access to the beach and it has some spectacular views of the creeks and tidal marshes. There are two camping areas and a small number of vacation cabins.
- Edisto Nature Trail
Located within the ACE Basin, you have your choice here of two hiking trails through the woods. You can pick the long one or the short one. Several historic features will be found here, including old rice fields, a phosphate mine site, an old canal, and a logging tram path.
- Frank E. Baldwin, Jr. Bridge Landing
The boat ramp at this location has probably seen better days, but you can still get a spectacular view of the Ashepoo River from this location. A portion of an older bridge is still in place.
- Givhans Ferry State Park
Located on both sides of the Edisto River, this state park has several hiking trails, vacation cabins, and a camping area. It is a popular place for launching canoes onto the Edisto River.
- Great Swamp Sanctuary
This 600-acre sanctuary is located inside the City of Walterboro, yet some parts of it seem to be distantly removed from civilization. More than four miles of hiking and bicycling trails and boardwalks wander through the wilderness. Parts of these trails are paved. It is also a popular place for canoeing, as several creeks wind their way through the wetlands. Many species of plants and animals will be found here.
- Little Library Park
This small park in Walterboro contains a historic library building, built in 1820, surrounded by some gardens. Several other historic buildings are located in the surrounding neighborhood.
- Long Creek Landing
This boat landing on the Edisto also has a small picnic shelter and a hiking trail.
- Mayfield Park
This small neighborhood park in Walterboro is located in a residential area, just outside of the Great Swamp Sanctuary. You can find here a playground, a picnic shelter, and a grill. There is a water fountain here, but it was not working when I visited.
- Walterboro - Colleton County Recreation Center
Located just north of the Walterboro airport, this recreation center features a wide variety of sports facilities, plus several hiking trails thru the woods.
- Walterboro Army Airfield Memorial Park
Located at the Lowcountry Regional Airport in Walterboro, this small park is a tribute to the many important events that took place at this airfield. Included is a monument to the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.
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