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The Best of Charleston’s County Parks

Much of the wonder surrounding Charleston is because of its nearly perfect climate. Calming sunlight, a steady sea breeze, and moderate temperatures make it hard to spend much time indoors. While vacationing in gorgeous Charleston, consider visiting one of these two great Charleston county parks for some outdoor endeavors.

Isle of Palms County Park – 1-14th Ave – Isle of Palms, SC

The Isle of Palms County Park developed in 1996 as a response to the increased public demand for beach access in East Cooper. Alas, twenty years later, this park is now a gem for recreational activities and sightseeing in Charleston. The oceanfront stretches in front of you at this Isle of Palms County Park, and there are seasonal lifeguards to ensure your safety on the water in the designated swimming areas.

The park also has boardwalks and handicap-accessible ramps for those not looking to get their feet wet. There are restrooms and dressing areas for visitors who do plan on getting in the water. Additionally, this particular Charleston area park features a playground, sand volleyball courts, and a picnic area with grills. Seasonal amenities include a retail area during the summer, beach chair rentals, and much more.

Palmetto Islands County Park – 444 Needlerush Parkway – Mount Pleasant, SC

Palmetto Islands County Park is a vast, 943-acre park with more of a natural focus than Isle of Palms. The park was developed in a tropical setting, designed for year-round family and group use.

Looking to get a morning jog or bike ride through a beautiful, natural setting? Look no further than Palmetto Islands County Park. One of the biggest features of the Charleston park is the bicycle path that winds around the park. The paved trail is open for all joggers, bikers, or skateboarders. Additionally, the boardwalk in the park offers untouched views of the water. With a proper South Carolina saltwater fishing license, you can even drop a line into the tidal creeks and crabbing docks.

Admission into the park also allows you access to the Nature Island; you’ll cross the boardwalk to get to this island full of wildlife and green vegetation. The park also features a 50-foot observation tower with play area; multiple picnic sites with grills and tables, a kayak launch site, and a dog park.

Seasonal amenities, with additional costs, include the Splash Island Waterpark on the park’s northwest side, bicycle and pedal boat rentals, snack bars, and party packages for large groups.