Being situated close to several bodies of water, including the Atlantic Ocean, makes the Tri-County region a popular destination for fishing and boating. The region is also home to several highly-touted golf courses that are sure to challenge the most experienced golfers and entertain the rest. Hunting is also a popular recreational activity.
For fishermen, the county offers Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie for top-notch landlocked striped bass, as well as crappie and catfish. Swimming is an option, too.
The Tri-County region lends itself to various other recreational activities as well, with hosts of tennis courts, athletic fields, swimming pools, community centers and parks and playgrounds galore for the outdoor enthusiast.
Visitors to the region in search of a daytrip will also enjoy its close proximity to one of the nation’s most popular vacation destinations, Myrtle Beach.
In Berkeley County, Cypress Gardens, located at 3030 Cypress Gardens Road in Moncks Corners, is a great place to see exhibits containing animals and gardens. The campus also holds walking paths and nature trails.
In Dorchester County, the Francis Beidler Forest is home to the largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest in the world, spanning over 12,500 acres in Four Holes Swamp. The Forest is currently under the management of the National Audubon Society and features nearly 100 identified species of mammals and reptiles, plus 140 identified bird species. Also accessible at the site is a wildlife sanctuary, an environmental education center and trails that run along an elevated boardwalk, providing for great views of the Forest’s flora and fauna.
Orangeburg County is home to several recreational and tourist attractions. If it’s museums you’re looking for, you’ll find fun at the Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum or the Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. Both locations offer lots of history and both are sites on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. Branchville Railroad Shrine is located at 7204 Freedom Road in Branchville, while Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center can be found at 2714 Cleveland Street in Elloree.
The area is also home to several beautiful golf courses that are sure to challenge the most experienced golfers and entertain the beginners. A few of the courses in the region include Holly Hill Country Club, Lake Marion Golf Course, Santee Cooper Country Club, Santee National Golf Course and The Country Club of St. George.
If nature strikes your fancy, you can visit the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. Located on Route 2 in Santee, this 15,000-acre refuge features trees, hiking trails and ponds. The wildlife refuge also provides protection for endangered animals, such as bald eagles.