James Island County Park has a little bit of something for everyone. Fido will prance around at the park’s huge dog area that sits along a pond, and if you’re a camper they have you covered as well with 124 camp spots. With 643 acres sprawled out just on the other side of downtown Charleston, this is a great place to come after work to get the last bit of daylight or on a weekend to catch some sun and outdoor activities that will keep you busy for hours.
With the tallest outdoor climbing facility in South Carolina, James Island County Park does not mess around when it comes to their climbing wall. With a 50 foot wall with over 4,000 square feet of climbing, the options for exercise and fun here are abundant. All skill levels are welcome and catered to at the wall. There are 14 top ropes and 2 lead climbing walls with the option to belay if you have a CCPRC belay card. These aren't hard to get, as James Island County Park offers classes and the card only costs you $5. If you are just going out to try this climbing thing for the first time, they also offer everything you would need in rentals. Check here for their prices.
For those of you who are more into bouldering, they also provide a bouldering area that is 10 feet tall and has 1,000 square feet of play room. Beware, however, that you will need to complete a Hold Harmless Form and bring it with you before you are able to get your climb on. All in all, this park offers some of the best outdoor wall climbing in the state, and it is right in the backyard of downtown Charleston, the flattest place on Earth (probably).
What Makes it Great
Not only is this park extremely accessible, it is diverse in the amount of activities to do here. From frisbee golf to volleyball and everything in between, this is a one stop shop. Don’t forget the wildlife as well. The park is bordered by the Stono River, and houses all the wildlife that inhabits the marsh that comes with any lowcountry body of water. Egrets and fiddler crabs are sure to be spotted on your tour of the area.
Who’s Going to Love It
Everyone. This is a great place to bring the family for a walk or bike around one of James Island County Park’s 3 main paved trails, or perhaps just bring the dog for an afternoon romp. In the summer it is definitely more crowded with the opening of their Splash Zone, but you can always retreat to something else perhaps not so crowded. All in all, this is a dollar well spent.
Directions, Parking and Fees
From downtown Charleston, you will want to take James Island Expy to James Island Pkwy until you reach your destination. Parking is located at a few locations within the park, it just depends what you want to do. Parking however, is ample. There is a $1 fee for youth over 2 years old as well as adults.