Sports & Recreation in Charleston

In Charleston County, there are dozens of hiking trails ranging in distance from the extensive but leisurely Santee Coastal Reserve trail the stretches 7.2 miles long to the short 0.2-mile Fort Lamar Preserve trail. Many trails run past wetlands, wooded habitats and along the beach. While out hiking, keep an eye out for turtles, heron, ducks and even the most exclusive bird in America, the Bachman's Warbler. At the Palmetto Islands County Park, there are three separate trails: a paved trail, an unpaved trail and a sandy nature trail. These trails amble past foliage such as sweet gums, palmetto oaks, cedars and magnolias.

Boating is a popular activity in Charleston and there is no better way to tackle this sport than being out on the waters. Around Charleston there are numerous options for rentals or membership to boating clubs. At the Department of Natural Resources, individuals can take sailing lessons or water safety courses. Another option for taking in the local waters and exploring the local wildlife is canoeing or kayaking. At Nature Adventures, rentals and guided tours are offered for 2, 4 or 8-hour excursions.

Across Charleston, there are many athletic facilities and fields open to the public. At West Ashley Park, there are four lighted soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, a picnic area, two docks and an island complete with nature trails. At the Ackerman Skate Park, individuals can show off their skating skills. The newest addition to the Charleston Recreation Department is the Bayview Soccer Complex, which has eight soccer fields. Out on John Island there is a park with a multipurpose field, three softball fields and tennis courts.

Probably the most popular activity in Charleston, South Carolina, is inshore fishing. With all the shallow coastal estuaries and waters, the Charleston waters are brimming with various fish such as flounder, sea trout, sheepshead, black drum and even shark. Across the city, many companies offer tours, which can range from navigation to local fishing hot spots to lessons and assistance with bait and equipment.

Camping is one way to explore and appreciate Charleston. A few of the ideal local locations to pitch a tent are out on James Island, Johns Island or at Mount Pleasant. These locations offer access to some of the best swimming, hiking, fishing, kayaking and cycling in the area. Most of the camping locations are also close enough to downtown Charleston to allow for a short break from the wilderness for some shopping or dining. Campsites range from tent camping to fully furnished campsites with indoor plumbing.