Berkeley County Naturist paradise
Berkeley County is known for being a naturist paradise with the lush green forest, and 250,000 acres of diverse plant and animal communities in the Francis Marion National Forest. Visitors flock to the forest to catch a rare glimpse of the endangered red cockaded woodpecker, amongst other intriguing birds such as the bald eagle and blue heron. While in Francis Marion National Forest, be sure to enjoy the numerous biking, hiking and horse trails.
For the hunting enthusiasts, Berkeley County proves to be one of the most desirable locations in the nation. Deer, turkey and quail are popular with the locals, and don’t miss one of our infamous “Dove Shoots.”
For the water activist, Berkeley County is a “Water Wonder World.” The Cooper River is the only known location in South Carolina to offer an underwater history trail. During the Civil War, the waterways were extremely active and at the current location of the Old Santee Canal the “Little David was built. The “Little David” was a semi-submersible torpedo boat that attacked the USS Ironsides. On a calm day, scuba divers flock to see the extraordinary remains of a British War Ship.
Visit the Santee Cooper Locks on the Cooper River, an engineering marvel which allows visitors to experience the second largest water lock in the United States, which lowers boats 75 feet from Lake Moultrie to the Cooper River.
Today’s rivers, lakes and streams remain a route from Charleston to Columbia. Residents and visitors enjoy the recreational aspects of the Berkeley County waters called the “Berkeley Blueways” that feature 20 canoeing and kayaking trails. These water trails take visitors through pristine landscapes full of wildlife. During blooming season, wildflowers rich with the colors of the rainbow line the banks. Egrets, herons, eagles, fish, turtles and alligators make these waters home.
For the high-impact adventure seeker, Berkeley County offers world-class waterskiing, jet skiing, sailing, wind surfing, and boating on Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion. Don’t forget the great fishing opportunities Berkeley County offers. Visitors come to try their luck in our waters that produce state and world record catches from the Large-Mouth Bass and the Arkansas Blue Catfish to the Red Breast Brim and Crappie.
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