Sep 22, 2021

William Means Guide to Exploring Charleston’s Local Parks

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One of Charleston’s most underrated community perks are its first-class public parks. Each park is individually its own, but one thing they have in common is their ability to highlight the beautiful Lowcountry landscapes, all for free of charge. Whether you are visiting the area to tour homes for sale with a William Means agent or a local looking to explore Charleston a little further, follow along to visit some of our most treasured parks to enjoy throughout the city.

Hampton Park. One of the city’s largest parks is located on Charleston’s upper peninsula in the Wagener Terrace neighborhood. Admired for its lush gardens and beautiful oak trees, many visitors and locals enjoy the walking, biking and jogging trails that circulate the entirety of the park. If leisure activities are more your style, we highly recommend sitting near the fountain or recently restored Rose Pavilion to enjoy an afternoon book or picnic. Historically, Hampton Park has served as the site for the 1902 South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition. Visitors who choose to walk the one-mile, paved bike path along Mary Murray Boulevard may not be aware that they are walking on what was once a designated horse track, Washington Racetrack, which occupied the area as a winter event as early as 1792.

James Island County Park. If you love the great outdoors, James Island County Park is just the place to explore. Recreational activities are endless and range from a 50-foot climbing wall, 18-hole disc golf course, a fishing pier, a beloved dog park and miles of hiking trails. Additionally, the park offers campground sites, the Splash Zone Waterpark as well as kayak and paddle board rentals. Locals and visitors flock to the park to enjoy the renowned Festival of Lights event that takes place from November to the end of December each year. Is there a better way to celebrate the holidays than with a three-mile winter wonderland light display with over two million lights?

Memorial Waterfront Park. Located at the base of the iconic Ravenel Bridge in the town of Mount Pleasant is the charming, Memorial Waterfront Park. The 1,250-foot-long pier offers sweeping views of the Charleston Harbor as well as a spectacular view of the Holy City’s steeple display. Known for some of the best sunset views in the area, the Memorial Waterfront Park includes spacious lawn areas, covered park benches and seating along the pier to take in those gorgeous Lowcountry landscapes anytime of day. For the family, there is a nautical themed play park, maritime themed public art and the elegant local war veteran’s memorial and fountain area. The park also offers several monthly events and first-class facilities including an informative visitor center, Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion and the River Watch Café for food or bait.

Colonial Lake. A local favorite is the beautiful Colonial Lake located in the borough of Harleston Village. This popular destination offers palm tree lined, wide walking paths along Rutledge and Ashley Avenue and Broad and Beaufain Streets. Originally known as the Rutledge Street Pond, it was designed as a public canal to permanently reserve the surrounding marshes. It wasn’t until 1881 that it was formally referred to as Colonial Lake. More recently, it was renovated by the Charleston Parks Conservancy in 2016 to include a $5.9 million dollar investment to repair the timeworn seawall, install a more efficient water system, as well as new benches and seating areas. Visitors will come for the 0.5 mile walk around the man-made lake but stay for the serene garden and landscapes views.

These gorgeous local parks give residents and visitors all the more reason to explore our city’s stunning natural surroundings. If you’re looking to move to Charleston, our agents will provide you with dedicated support every step of the way – from relocating to the area, learning about the different neighborhoods and deciding on the perfect place to call home.


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