May 20, 2015
Need to get away for a day or a quick overnighter? Check out these quick South Carolina day trips to find some hidden Carolina gems:
Sands Beach is a drive on beach where the Battery Creek meets the Beaufort River in Port Royal. Back up near the water and set up shop for a day in the sun. Oyster shells abound so you’ll want to keep those flip-flops on if you decide to take a dip. Finish the day off with a nice seafood meal in nearby Beaufort.
Botany Bay is a barrier island located on the way into Edisto Beach. Hidden off a long dirt road covered by mossy oak trees to the water’s edge. The island is connected by a causeway, which you must traverse on foot. The scenery is breathtaking. There are an abundance of conchs and others shells that you will not find anywhere else. Don’t be tempted to pick one up for a souvenir, however, it’s forbidden. While on the property, be sure to check out the plantation ruins, as well. Be a castaway for a day at Botany Bay!
Falls Park is one of the most beautiful slices of nature in a downtown area that I’ve ever seen. Cascading water from the Reedy River and an awesome pedestrian suspension bridge make this a great spot to spend a few hours. When you’ve had your fill, there are ton of shops and restaurants within walking distance.
Jones Gap is about as rugged and beautiful a mountain wilderness as you will find in SC. I recommend a backpack, some rations and a tent for the best experience. Jones Gap contains miles and miles of breathtaking nature trails with lush vegetation and even a couple of nice waterfalls. The air up there is the freshest around and the mist from the rushing waters of the Middle Saluda will keep you cool in the summer.
Pick any one of these quick South Carolina day trips and you’ll get a taste of the natural beauty our state has to offer. Better yet, get out your calendar and plan to hit them all!