Family Travel 2011

Megan Sexton



A perfect fall weekend at James Island County Park

Posted 11/11/2011 9:00:00 AM

James Island County Park near Charleston is one of our favorite spots to visit each summer.

But there is a plus side for a stop in the fall and winter, too: The cottages along the Stono River Marsh can be rented by the night, making it a perfect weekend getaway. (The campground gets raves from visitors, too)

The 643-acre park is just a short drive from downtown Charleston, and the Lowcountry scenery is some of the prettiest you'll see. There are grassy open areas and spectacular marsh views, spots for paddling, fishing and crabbing, and miles and miles of trails for walking and biking. Didn't bring your bike or kayak? No problem. You can rent them at the park.

The spray play fountain area (always one of our kids' favorite summer stops) will be closed for the season, but the weather is usually nice enough to get outside and enjoy the scenery and some family togetherness time.

And then there's the climbing wall.

The 50-foot wall is the Lowcountry’s tallest outdoor climbing facility. It offers 14 top ropes and two lead climbing walls -- with more than more than 4,500 square feet of climbing space.

Not sure how to climb? The park offers short introductory classes on winter weekends to get you started weekend. Here's the schedule.

Also, the park has staff members on duty to assist with safety procedures. We have found them eager to help anyone -- even a first-timer.

Of course, if you don't want to climb, it's plenty of fun to watch the climbers.

Need one more reason to visit this time of year? The park puts on an awesome holiday lights display. I’ll tell you more about them later this week.