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.
For all the cyclists out there, this is a park you won’t want to miss out on. Bordered by the Stono River, the biking in the park is beautiful and easy, with wide paved trails guiding you around wooded areas, meadows, and marshes. There are three main trails that the park has to offer that are identified by color: The orange trail is 1.2 miles, the green trail is 1.4 miles and the blue trail is 1.6 miles. All of these can be connected and reconnected to make a long, looping day trip in the park. The green trail is said to be the most beautiful, as it winds you along the Stono River and gives you a beautiful vista of the salt marsh. The blue trail takes you to the campground and the orange trail guides you right along the dog park. The park also offers bike rentals, but make sure to check availability. Especially in the busy season. Don’t forget to check out the map of the park on the website.
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.