From national parks and forests to wildlife refuges and estuaries, South Carolina is home to many natural treasures. Visit the Palmetto State, and discover some of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the Southeast. 

Here we outline some of our favourite South Carolina outdoor experiences:

Admire Charleston’s Natural Outdoor Wonders

You may know Charleston for its history, museums, architecture, and horse-drawn carriages, but did you know about its beaches and inland gardens? The city is surrounded by water and the best way to get outdoors in Charleston is to visit its sandy shores. North to the city, you have the Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island. South of the city, you can visit Folly Beach, Kiawah, and Seabrook Island. All of the beaches welcome swimming, boating, and any kind of water sports. Kiawah's Beachwalker Park is often listed among the top beaches in the world! 

Whitewater Rafting Along the Chattooga River

For those that love adrenalin, you’ll find it in the northwest corner of South Carolina, along the Chattooga River: the state’s only designated National Wild and Scenic River. The Chattooga runs along the South Carolina-Georgia border and allows kayakers to take on Class IV and V rapids. Non-paddlers can enjoy a guided rafting trip via the Nantahala Outdoor Center and Wildwater outfitters. Wildwater also lets guests zip line through the treetops in the Blue Ridge foothills: pretty cool, hey? 

Discover an Outdoor Sanctuary at ACE Basin, Lowcountry 

Outdoor enthusiasts can rejoice at the thought of 350,000 acres of undeveloped estuary that comprise the ACE Basin in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Here you can explore stretches of undisturbed beaches, enjoy a float trip along a blackwater river under a canopy of ancient cypress, or get up close and personal with the habitat on a nature trail hike at Edisto Beach State Park.

Soak up the Sun at Myrtle Beach 

At Myrtle Beach, you’ll find 96 kilometres of beautiful coastline and 14 unique communities. Sunrises here are like no other, and are the start to a day that is bound to bring happiness with the region’s natural wonders, southern hospitality, and fresh coastal cuisine in abundance. When it comes to surrounding nature, take a stroll through Brookgreen Gardens or enjoy the peace and quiet on a walk along Conway Riverwalk. For awesome views across the beautiful Myrtle Beach, take a ride on the Myrtle Beach Skywheel - it has the highest view of its kind of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Explore Nature at Greenville’s Parks and Pathways

Greenville (located along Interstate 85, approximately halfway between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina) is an outdoorsy city with parks and pathways that have been built to take advantage of the area’s natural attractions. These include the scenic Reedy River, which rises in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Reedy River Falls is the focal point of

 Falls Park, a 26-acre metropolitan masterpiece in the Historic West End. Visitors can trek one of the many nature trails that wind through the park, leading to overlooks and grassy areas. The walkway will take you to six distinctive ‘garden rooms’ with spectacular displays of seasonal colour.