Charles Towne Nature

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Paved


1.00 mile




Paved, Concrete, Boardwalk, Natural

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Scenic Observation
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking
  • Visitor Center
  • Point of Interest
  • Restrooms
  • Handicap Access
  • Information Sign
  • Pets
  • Fee
  • No Camping


Charles Towne Landing is the site of the first permanent European settlement in South Carolina. The site dates back to 1670 and provides historical trails, as well as nature trails with scenic views of the Ashley River.

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Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site sits on a marshy point, located off of the Ashley River, where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the Carolina colony. Charles Towne Landing introduces visitors to the earliest colonial history of Charleston. Interact with hands-on exhibits in the Visitor Center, talk to knowledgeable staff members, and take an audio tour on the self-guided History Trail. The grounds also include 80 acres of gardens, with an elegant live oak alley and the Legare-Waring House.

Handicap Accessibility: All areas and facilities of the park are accessible by wheelchair with the exception of the Adventure exhibit (17th century replica ship). The Adventure is viewable from shore. All pathways are paved, concrete or boardwalk. The 17th century Common House exhibit and current archaeological research site is hard, packed dirt. Manual wheelchairs may need assistance at these locations.


From Charleston: Drive west on US 17 South and cross the Ashley River Bridge. Bear right onto SC 61/171, drive two miles and bear right on SC 171. The Charles Towne Landing entrance is one mile on the right.

From Exit 216 A on I-26: Drive south on SC 7 for four miles and bear left on US 171. The Charles Towne Landing entrance is one mile on the left.

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Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site | 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston, SC 29407 | (843) 852-4200 | Email

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Lat: 32.80538861206867
Long: -79.98521510613740