Mt. Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park
444 Needlerush Pkwy.
(843) 884-0832 or (843) 795-438
This 943-acre tropical park has nature trails, open meadows, a nature island, and grills and picnic tables in case all that hiking gets you hungry for a snack. Bring Fido with you; they have a dog agility course complete with hoops and see-saws to test your four-legged friend's acrobatics.
Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center
5200 Savannah Hwy.
(843) 889-8898 or (843) 795-4386
A great place to take a leisurely hike through an old rice plantation in the middle of a cypress swamp. The park boasts over six miles of trails with exhibits along the way. You also might catch a glimpse of some wildlife on your hike. The park is home to waterfowl, songbirds, otter, deer, and more.
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests
This national park offers plenty of opportunities to explore the woods and marshes by foot. Hike the Swamp Fox National Recreation Trail for a less strenuous adventure, walk the two-mile Huger Loop for a short introduction to the wilderness, or embark on the seven-mile Awendaw Passage. A word to the wise: Visit during the fall or early winter; the summer brings intense heat, humidity, and blood-sucking bugs.
5821 Hwy. 17 N.
Bull Island is only accessible by boat, but the trip is well worth it. Thanks to the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, the barrier island is undeveloped, so the natural wildlife and their habitats remain preserved. There are numerous trails and roads for hiking, bird watching, and wildlife observation. If you don't own a boat, take the ferry to Bull Island from Garris Landing.