Palmetto Islands County Park

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Paved


4.60 miles




Paved, Natural, Boardwalk

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Scenic Observation
  • Water Launch
  • Point of Interest
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Visitor Center
  • Restrooms
  • Pets
  • Fee
  • No Camping


The trails in Palmetto Islands County Park have something for everyone — from a nature lover to those who are just out for casual exercise — Palmetto Islands is a must-see Charleston County park.

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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 50-­foot 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.

Hours: January - April 8 a.m. - Sunset | May - Labor Day 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. | September - December 8 a.m. - Sunset


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.

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Palmetto Islands County Park | 444 Needlerush Parkway, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 | (843) 884-0832

Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission861 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412 | (843) 795-4386 | Email

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Lat: 32.86459967156136
Long: -79.83278865606691