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Charles Towne Landing State Park
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Charles Towne Landing State Park
Description - One of historic Charleston's many unique points of interest, this park is the site of the first English Settlement (1670) in South Carolina. The park, a nature preserve and historic site, brings to life the experience of those first settlers. Charles Towne Landing interprets the first years of the colony with hands-on activities. The full scale reproduction 17th century trading vessel "Adventure" emphasizes the important role trade played in the development of the colony. Other special features of the park include a natural habitat zoo, the 1670 Experimental Crop Garden and 80 acres of English Park Gardens. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

View animals native to South Carolina in 1670 in the Natural Habitat Zoo - puma, bison, alligator, black bear, wolves and more. Other amenities include nature and walking trails, bike trails (bike rentals available), gift shop, snack bar, picnic areas, playground equipment, and tram tours. Also available are wheelchair and stroller rentals. Meeting facilities include: a geodesic dome, meeting room, and a theater.

Attractions - The sailing vessel Adventure is currently undergoing restorations at Charles Towne Landing. Come and experience the excitement as a 17th-century tall ship is revitalized.

Trails and Gardens – Seven miles of trails for hiking and biking lace the site. Also here are 80 acres of gardens, including an Experimental Crop Garden showcasing some of the crops the settlers tried to grow here such as indigo, rice, sugar cane, cotton. Bikes are available for rent.

Animal Forest – Pumas and otters and bison are a few of the animals you’ll see at this 22-acre zoo. The animals here are ones that would have inhabited the area when the first settlers arrived.

Recreation - Activities at this park include walking and biking the trails, viewing the historic sites, visiting the natural habitat zoo, and picnicking.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - Charles Towne Landing is west of the Ashley River on SC 171, 3 miles northwest of Charleston, South Carolina, at 1500 Old Towne Road.

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Filed By: Joe (Seattle, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: While visitng my parents, who live a short five minute bike ride away, I hopped on my bike and spent three serenely peacful hours exploring every nook and cranny of this lushly georgeous park. I visited on Wed. August 4, 2004 around 2pm and surprisingly, I only saw two other people on my visit: one was the exceptionally helpful gate attendant who gave me some tips on the best bike paths to try and the other was a maintenance man pruning a tree who cheerfully said hello to me. Outside of that I felt like I was the only person on earth. I rode along all the paved paths first and then ventured off onto the dirt bike paths which had some exciting views not available on the paved paths. The Lagare Mansion that looked out onto tree lined "avenue" is breathtaking classic Southern charm and beauty. Although the Mansion, along with the Animal Forest, were both closed the day I visited I still saw plenty of wildlife. Butterflies, dragonflies, squirrels, graceful egrets, and a family of racoons who were startled by my squeaky brakes. I was a bit aprehensive about the alligator warnings in the lagoon area although I didn't see any. I did see several black "splotches" slowly moving across the surface of the water so it was safe to assume those were alligator heads keeping an eye on me. The toughest part was leaving the park and ther greatest reward was the peace and quiet, the feeling of truly being in the South and the breathtaking views of the swamps and marshes. A gorgeous gem of a park unassumingly tucked away in a suburban area. I will definitely visit again on my next trip to Charleston.

Filed By: glenn & carol shumpert (moncks corner, sc)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: we spent easter sunday at the park, best time at any park . it was great

More Information

Contact Information:
Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road , Charleston, SC, 29407-6099, Phone: 843-852-4200, Fax: 843-852-4205

Additional Information:
Lowcountry Region - The Lowcountry Region of South Carolina includes the Atlantic coast and the coastal plain. It covers the area south and east from Sumter.
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.

South Carolina Tourism - Official website of South Carolina Tourism


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