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A Quick Guide to Lowcountry Fitness & Recreation

Yay! Warm weather has finally arrived in the Lowcountry and if you haven’t already noticed, the outdoors is the place to be. Travel anywhere throughout the Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties and you’ll find locals, tourists, families and individuals walking, running, kayaking, riding bicycles, boating and paddle boarding. And, why not? This is one of the best places in the country (at least in the state) to enjoy anything related to exercise, fitness or simply enjoying any kind of warm outdoor activities.

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Medicine Month and to start your summer off on the right foot, here are some helpful resources and information related to various locations, places and events that you can take advantage of on your quest for a healthy, active and fun-filled summer. You might even want to get your calendar ready to devote a few weekends to some of these beautiful Lowcountry areas and activities.

Drayton Hall siteA Quick Guide to Lowcountry Fitness & Recreation

Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission

Anything you can possibly imagine related to nature, recreation, parks, boat landings, campgrounds, and wellness. And since Charleston County has a fairly wide geographical area and is densely populated in select areas, the availability of parks and sites is numerous. The fitness section of this website even includes sessions for yoga and HIIT.

City of Charleston Recreation Department

A website devoted for adult, seniors and youth activities ranging from camps, parks, art and music programs as well as fascinating events such as Adventure Out.

City of North Charleston Recreation Department

This local North Charleston website provides a variety of programs, community activities and camps, including athletics, for every one of all ages.

Paddle Board Fitness

St. Andrews Parks and Playground

According to the website, their focus is ‘on fun, fitness, wellness and individual success!’ This department not only serves the citizens of St. Andrews, but the greater Charleston areas as well. Take a look.

Berkeley County Recreation via the Tourism website with the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

For individuals who are looking for a true nature experience, nearly every Berkeley County location offers a blend of recreation activities as well as guaranteed encounters with wildlife.

Old Santee Canal Park

An amazing natural park situated on the Cooper River, which runs from Lake Moultrie. If you’re a history buff and enjoy navigating nature trails, you’ll find that here. Make sure you have your smartphone camera ready and yes, bring some bug spray.

Dorchester County Parks & Recreation

Similar to Berkeley County, Dorchester County offers an array of parks, forests, nature trails and more. You’ll find guided tours, picnic spots and of course, you’ll even learn a little bit of local history along the way.

South Carolina Lowcountry – Sea Islands, Edisto, Beaufort, Hilton Head

This wonderful website is dedicated to our sister counties including Colleton, Hampton, Jasper and Beaufort and offers a wealth of recreational information related to the Sea Islands (including Hilton Head), Edisto Beach and more. If you haven’t visited some of these islands, get in your car right and start exploring. You won’t be disappointed.

River kayaking

BONUS – Other Fitness-Related Resources Throughout South Carolina:

South Carolina State Parks

This very detailed website that covers the entire state of South Carolina provides an abundance of information related to parks, historic sites, camping and more. There is no way you wouldn’t be able to find some type of fitness or recreational activity that suits your preference, whether it’s hiking, mountain biking, boating, kayaking, fishing or camping.

Family Fit Challenge South Carolina

This is a perfect opportunity (and time) to get the entire family involved in learning to live a healthier lifestyle. This free website-based program offers nutrition classes, ways to track your family’s progress on activities and more.

Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina

Eat Smart Move MoreAccording to their site, they are a ‘non-profit organization that works with community partners to create healthy eating and active living options where we live, learn, work, pray and play. The focus of (their) work is advocacy, community action and youth engagement.’ I promise you’ll find lots of information related to healthy eating and learning how to incorporate exercise into your daily lifestyle.

By now you should have your calendar full of potential day trips and new adventures for the summer. Keep in mind that this is just a small list of what’s available in the Lowcountry related to wellness, fitness, athletics, recreation, and outdoor activities. In fact, you may already have a favorite place you like to visit and if so, I would love for you to share it with us.

I wish you a very healthy and happy start to the summer and I hope to see you at some of the parks. If you’re there, please stop by and say ‘hello’.

Would love to hear your thoughts & exchange ideas.

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