You can find the charming city of Walterboro just off I-95, near exits 53 and 57. It’s the perfect place to get out, stretch your legs and explore some of the city's most compelling attractions. Who knows, you may just choose to extend your stay and appreciate the small-town charm for a bit longer than anticipated.
Walterboro was established as a summer haven for native farmers and agriculturists in 1783. Because these plantations along the coast were grounds for malaria during the summer months, planters settled in towns like Walterboro that were elevated and less troubled by mosquitoes. Among them were the Walter brothers, who originally settled in Hickory Pine, a hilly area covered in pine and hickory trees. Eventually, the area was renamed in their honor.
With approximately 5,200 residents, Walterboro has an inviting, historical downtown with an abundance of things to see and do. It is the quintessential setting for a day of wandering around, enjoying nature, admiring artwork and popping into antique shops.
While in town, be sure to check out the ACE Basin, the largest estuary on the East Coast and home to numerous endangered species. It holds a wealth of maritime and wildlife resources waiting to be discovered.
Looking for one-of-a-kind keepsakes for yourself or to give as gifts? The South Carolina Artisans Center represents over 300 artists, with a stunning collection of fine and folk art that is sure to make anyone feel special and appreciated.
You'll also want to add the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market to your itinerary and explore exhibits featuring the history of Lowcountry plantations. The farmers market is a seasonal treat for locals and visitors. And last but definitely not least, tour the quiet oasis of the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary to spiritually reconnect with nature’s purest treasures.
Slow down, find your bearings and relax on the front porch of the Lowcountry.