Pick up a map at the Park Center, where you can begin your island
exploration on a series of trails through lush green, tropical-looking
foliage including magnolia, sweet gum, cedar, and palmetto oak draped
with Spanish moss. For a bird’s eye view, stop for a minute and
climb the 50foot observation tower. You can access the quieter areas
of the park peninsula by hiking the unpaved trails on either end of
the park, where you may see small crabs scattering over the sandy
path. You can also cross on a boardwalk to a tidal marsh island where
you will see herons and egrets stalking through wetland waters, and
possibly an osprey tending a nest. Watch for a variety of other
wildlife including snakes and turtles.
trails in Palmetto Islands County Park have something for everyone
from a nature lover to those who are just out for casual exercise.
Bike Trail: (2.4 miles) paved biking/hiking trail that spans the park
peninsula and alongside Neeedlerush Parkway.
Trail: (1.0 mile) A series of sandy footpaths, and boardwalks, which
follow the perimeter of the park through wetland areas.
Island Trail: (1.2 mile) sandy footpath and boardwalk to a natural
tidal marsh island.
to wear insect repellent in warm weather. Restrooms, beverages,
snacks, and bike rentals are available at the Park Center.
4.6 miles of interconnecting trails.
$1 per person (children age 2 and under, free).
From Exit 25 on I-526 south near Mt. Pleasant, turn left (east) onto
Long Point Road. Drive 2.1 miles and turn left at the park sign onto Needlerush Parkway. Drive 1.2 miles to the end of the road and enter
the park. Or, from Mt. Pleasant, drive north on US 17, turn left onto
Long Point Road, and turn right onto Needlerush Parkway.
Spring and Fall: 9 am-6 pm, May thru August: 9 am-7 pm, and November
thru February 10 am-5 pm.
Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Parkway, Mt. Pleasant,
Updated: April 23, 2008
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