We’ve all heard of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, but there are also many natural wonders found right here in the Lowcountry!
Here are our picks for the top 4 natural wonders of the Charleston area:
1. Angel Oak: Arguably the most beautiful natural wonder in the Southeast, the Angel Oak Tree is a truly breathtaking sight to behold. Starting as a seedling approximately 500 years ago, the Angel Oak Tree currently stands 66.5 feet tell with a circumference of 28 feet. Its sheer size, matched with its indescribable beauty makes it one of Charleston’s most acclaimed natural attractions.
Address: 3688 Angel Oak Road Johns Island, SC 29455
2. Cypress Gardens: The beauty of Cypress Gardens is so irresistible that Hollywood has filmed several blockbuster hits at its location, including The Patriot (featuring Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger) and The Notebook (based off the Nicholas Sparks novel).
The area is interwoven with black swamp, which is filled with standing cypress and tupelo trees, lily pads, and wildlife. You can even take canoes out on the swamp to relax amongst one of nature’s most spectacular creations.
Aside from canoeing, visitors can also enjoy miles of walking paths and nature trails, as well as a Swamparium and butterfly garden.
Cypress Gardens is located in Moncks Corner, just 40 minutes from downtown Charleston at the following address: 3030 Cypress Gardens Rd. Moncks Corner, SC 29461
3. Intracoastal Waterway: Ideal for fishing, crabbing, boating, and dolphin observing, the Intracoastal Waterway is a bustling circus of wildlife. It’s one of the best places to go to relax and watch the story of nature unfold right before your eyes. It’s also a fantastic place to fish for spot tail bass (red drum), trout, flounder and fluke, black drum, shrimp, and more. There’s arguably no other place in Charleston that is more relaxing than the Intracoastal Waterway, which passes between Mount Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island, and Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms.
4. Capers Island: This place is a local secret (so hush, hush!) and is one of our BEST-kept ones! This undeveloped barrier island has approximately three miles of untouched beach and is a fantastic place to find seashells and simply lounge on a sand dune.
The island is also celebrated for its extensive birdlife, which includes eagles, herons, osprey, egrets, herons, ibises, and other waterfowl.
Note that the only way to get to this island is via boat (just make sure you know when the tide is coming in and going out – you wouldn’t want to get stuck there!).