Fall in love with Charleston, S.C.

09/15/2013  | 
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The cooler days of fall are a great time to explore South Carolina! Families of all interests will find so much to experience in Charleston. Each year, Charleston is consistently rated amongst the country’s top travel destinations.

Here, you’ll discover scenic beaches, a historic downtown, and a county park system that provides unlimited hours of entertainment at amazing water parks, fishing piers, recreational activities, camping, marsh-front vacation cottages, and much more!

Seeking an affordable and more adventurous alternative to the typical hotel stay, centrally located to all that Charleston has to offer? James Island County Park is your destination.

James Island County Park

Even though James Island County Park is conveniently located to downtown Charleston and area beaches, visitors may want to stay inside the park to enjoy its endless activities.

This 643-acre park offers miles of paved and unpaved walking and biking trails winding around creeks and other natural settings. Rent a bike, pedal boat, or kayak for instant adventure. You’ll find open meadows, a freshwater lake and tidal creeks accessible for fishing and crabbing, a state-of-the-art playground, a seasonal spray play fountain, picnic areas, and an off-leash dog park. Up for a challenge? Scale the park’s 50-foot climbing wall, designed to accommodate all ages and abilities. Or, schedule your group on the park’s thrilling Challenge Course, the ultimate teambuilding experience.

Events and Activities

A variety of family-friendly events and programs are offered year-round at James Island County Park. Highlighting all things environmentally friendly in a fun atmosphere, the sixth annual Carolina Green Fair will be held at the park on Sept. 22. Then, James Island County Park is illuminated with the sights of the season at the Holiday Festival of Lights, featuring millions of twinkling bulbs on hundreds of shining displays and much more holiday fun. Voted one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast for 2013 by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Holiday Festival of Lights kicks off on Nov. 8, and runs through Dec. 31, 2013.

Dog owners will find a large an off-leash park for their canine companions right within James Island County Park all year long. Plus, bring Fido out on select nights for live music and social events right in the dog park at Yappy Hour.

Looking for a venue for a group gathering, reunion, party, or even wedding? James Island County Park is home to several outdoor shelter areas available for rental, as well as the climate-controlled Edisto Hall.

The Campground

For an alternative to the typical hotel stay, consider sleeping under the stars at James Island County Park, a secure, secluded location available for primitive tent camping. Or, enjoy the park’s RV campground, complete with full hook-ups and 24-hour security.

When camping at this island getaway, you’ll enjoy the luxury of a full-service campground store complete with propane, ice and firewood sales, an activity center, free Wi-Fi, grills, ceramic bathhouses, a laundry facility, and not to mention, all the fun things to do at James Island County Park. The park’s RV campground also features pull-thru sites, a dump station and wheelchair accessibility.

The Cottages

Nestled within the natural setting of James Island County Park are 10 modern vacation cottages, equipped with all the conveniences needed for a relaxing get-away. A perfect gathering spot for families and friends, the cottages offer glorious views overlooking the Stono River Marsh. Each cottage has three bedrooms, is fully furnished, and sleeps up to eight people. Cottage amenities include a modern kitchen, bathroom, linens, phones, television, and a marsh-front screened porch. Plus, after enjoying all the park has to offer, we welcome you to visit other areas of Charleston by hopping on the park’s round-trip shuttle.

Stay with us!

For more information on all the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s parks and events, call 843-795-4386 or visit www.ccprc.com. Let yourself go!
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