Charleston Zipline Adventures is positioned right at the edge of the Francis Marion National Forest, so although we are only 15 miles from Downtown Charleston, we are technically in Awendaw, South Carolina. We absolutely adore all of the adventurous spirits who take the time to come out and zip with us! One of the biggest questions we get from our guests is about what there is to do in the area once they're done ziplining. And that's exactly why we've created this guide for you. We want you to be able to continue your adventure by exploring all of the amazing attractions and experiences (many of which are free) that Awendaw has to offer. This area is part of the Bulls Bay National Historic Passage and is a mecca for nature-based tourism surrounded by the Francis Marion National Forest and the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.
Sewee Shell Ring Trail: Located in the Francis Marion National Forest, this one-mile trail is perfect for the entire family! Since it's a self-guided experience, you can set your own pace making it the perfect spot for a scenic trip or a quick adventure. This trail has endured a lot over the past 4,000 years of its existence, but its boardwalk provides an unforgettable immersion into nature.
Ion Swamp Trail: This historic trail dates back to the 1700s and is the perfect trail for day hikes! Also located in the Francis Marion National Forest, this self-guided tour gives you a chance to explore the wetlands.
Palmetto Trail: Also referred to as the Awendaw Passage, this trail intertwines the forest and the salt marsh for the best sightseeing adventure. Hike or bike this 7.1-mile trail for the perfect scenic overlook at Walnut Grove.
CAMPING AND KAYAKING
Nature Adventure Outfitters Adventure Center: Nature Adventure Outfitters has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Located on the intracoastal waterway, this beautiful campground has tent camping areas, cabins, bathroom facilities, a conference center, and a deepwater dock. This awesome camping site provides guided tours for both kayaking and hiking. Plus, they offer many adventures at different times, locations, and lengths, so you will be able to find the one that works best for you and your loved ones.
Black Water Swamp Kayak Tours: Coastal Expeditions offers tours right here from the Francis Marion National Forest. Kayak or canoe through Bottomland Hardwood Forest for the chance to come close to the beautiful wildlife that call this place home. They can also accommodate campers if you want to extend your adventure for more than one day!
Birds of Prey: Eagles and falcons and hawks...oh my! The Center for Birds of Prey is a unique attraction that features over 50 different species of birds. Between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, you have the option to purchase tickets for a guided tour and flight demonstrations led by an expert. It's an experience that you truly won't want to miss!
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge: Explore this refuge to fully experience the habitats and wildlife of the Lowcountry. From loggerhead sea turtles to the endangered red wolves, this facility is doing everything they can to help these animals recover and flourish. Now, they're allowing you to be a part of this journey with them. It's an adventure that any animal lover will adore!
Sewee Environmental Education Center: This is the perfect stop for all young adventurers. But don't worry, Mom and Dad. You'll love it too. This interactive experience allows you to see, hear, and touch our local wildlife while experts educate your little ones. This is the perfect opportunity to get everyone engaged.
Awendaw Green: Grab your loved ones and listen live to various local, original, and very talented musicians every Wednesday night from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Awendaw Green. This truly is a perfect family outing, date night opportunity, or fun night out with the friends. Pets are welcome, limited food options are available, and donations are always more than appreciated. Check out their website for more information, photos, and the line-up of upcoming artists.
Disc Golf Course at Sewee Outpost: We love seeing people venture outdoors in a new and exciting way, which is exactly why disc golf is the perfect option. Although this is a private course, you can play all day if you spend at least $5 at the Sewee Outpost. So, grab a couple of waters and snacks and make this an all-day adventure with your loved ones. It's a fun way to get everyone moving!
Article by Madison Baxley, College of Charleston Marketing Major