Savor Every Season in Charleston's 10 Best Parks

Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina! Expect to fall in love with the unique beauty of the lowcountry, where the Deep South meets colonial charm and a strong local community. The loveliness of Charleston is evidenced by its original, colorful architecture, the friendliness of its people, and of course, the idyllic views only found in a Southern harbor town.

One of the best ways to enjoy Charleston's subtropical climate is with time spent at a local park–a picnic lunch or quick break from city exploration both work well as excuses to linger outside. You won't have to venture far to find an ideal park pit stop, as Charleston's best parks are close by in Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, James Island, and of course, downtown.

At each Charleston park, you'll encounter different special features and views, but enjoy the same comfortable, laid-back atmosphere at each. Exercise lovers will enjoy a bike ride or run through historic Hampton Park and its surrounding downtown neighborhoods, as well as the path at the old Pitt Street Bridge in Mount Pleasant. Beach babes can hit the sand and surf (with chair and umbrella rentals) at Folly Beach County Park, while adventurous kiddos will enjoy James Island County Park and the Charles Towne Landing National Historic Site. No trip to Charleston is complete without a visit to the Whitepoint Gardens at Battery Park. Rest in the shade under ancient live oaks draped in Spanish moss, with inspiring views of Fort Sumter and the Charleston Harbor.

Quite often the site of local festivals such as the Charleston Beer Garden and XXX, Brittlebank Park is chosen as a spot for celebrations due to its near-downtown waterfront location overlooking the Ashley River from Lockwood Drive. Also just a...  Read More

This expansive, 943-acre Mount Pleasant park is part of the Charleston County Park system, and located just 20-30 minute drive from downtown Charleston. Situated along Horlbeck Creek off of the Wando River, Palmetto Islands County Park affords...  Read More

More of a historic colonial settlement brought to life in authentic fashion than a simple park, a visit to the Charleston Towne Landing historic site makes for an excellent afternoon activity off-peninsula for people and groups of all ages. Just...  Read More

Waterfront Park is one of the peninsula's most visited parks, and is located at the southern tip of the downtown peninsula, just a few short blocks from East Bay Street, as well as Battery Park and White Point Gardens. Finished in 1990,...  Read More

Folly Beach County Park

Folly is without question one of the most iconic spots in Charleston, and one of South Carolina's most popular beach vacation destinations. The beach park itself boasts over 2,500 feet of ocean frontage speckled with amenities like dressing...  Read More

This 643-acre park offers a full-service campground as well as 10 modern vacation cabins overlooking the Stono River marsh. For additional fees, you can enjoy other activities, including Splash Zone water park and a 50-foot rock climbing wall...  Read More

Are you in search of a free attraction or outdoor space that's close to downtown Charleston for a romantic day trip or sunset viewing? You're in luck - Mount Pleasant's Pitt Street Bridge, as it is typically referred to, is located just a short...  Read More

Battery Park is the quintessential image of Charleston for most Holy City locals. Walking along East Bay Street, with the famous Battery mansions to one side, the Charleston harbor to the other, you'll be able to spot Ft. Sumter in the distance,...  Read More

Marion Square
Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney

Marion Square's 6.5 acres of green city park space is always a great spot to picnic, take a break from shopping, or catch some Charleston sun. Once used as drilling grounds for The Citadel, Charleston's local military college, Marion Square Park...  Read More

This nearly 70-acre green space, named for General Wade Hampton, a Civil War general and governor of South Carolina, is located just north of Charleston's bustling downtown, close to The Citadel military college. Hampton Park has been popular...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare also ventured abroad to Spain and north to Boston before returning to Charleston and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown...  More About Clare

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