Tuesday, March 21, 2023 / by Sonya Reiselt
Spring has sprung in the Lowcountry! And there's no better way to appreciate our new season than to get out in the lovely spring air and enjoy the splendid scenery of our amazing local trails and parks. Here are 5 of the some of the best places to go for a walk or hike in the Lowcountry.
124 Ladys Island Dr, Beaufort, SC 29907
Crystal Lake Park is 25-acres of forested habitats, salt marsh, and a man-made pond located on Lady's Island. The pond has a population of redfish and mullet, which get trapped during extreme high tides. 0.5 mile loop trail, half is boardwalk and half is earthen, around the lake.
The Spanish Moss Trail (sometimes referred to as the Beaufort Rail Trail or the Magnolia Line Trail) follows the former Port Royal Railroad that was constructed in 1870.
Six parking areas are available along the Spanish Moss Trail (listed below from north to south), and each provides accessible parking:
- Clarendon Road Trailhead at Clarendon Road and Trask Parkway/US 21 (32.4934, -80.7426)
- Roseida Road Trailhead at Roseida Road, 500 feet west of US 21 (32.4530, -80.7342)
- Beaufort Plaza at 11 Robert Smalls Pkwy. (32.4391, -80.7041)
- Depot Road Trailhead at Depot Road and Middleton Street (32.4275, -80.6922)
- Broome Lane Trailhead at 2824 Broome Lane (32.4030, -80.7013)
- Westvine Drive Trailhead at Westvine Drive, 250 feet east of Battery Park Drive (32.3883, -80.7020)
1700 Paris Ave, Port Royal, SC 29935
The Port Royal Cypress Wetlands serves two purposes. It not only provides a valuable habitat for the birds and other wildlife in Old Village Port Royal, South Carolina, it also provides a place for stormwater runoff from the surrounding neighborhoods to collect and naturally remove pollutants before entering the local waterways. Stroll the 0.56 miles of trails around the Rookery and read the informational signage regarding the many varieties of wildlife found at the wetlands.
Southside Park Loop, Beaufort, SC 29902
Great for walking your dogs, the trail is just over a mile long and mostly shaded. There's a great dog park with 2.5 acres and separate sections for large and small dogs. There are also three water fountains and six waste stations.
Spanish Moss Trail, Beaufort, SC 29902
A ten-mile paved path that follows the former Magnolia Rail Line through the best of South Carolina’s Lowcountry landscape. The trail starts in an old rail station near Depot Road and carries you over creeks, through expansive wetlands, and amid stately neighborhoods shaded by live oaks thick with the iconic Spanish moss.
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