Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site Trail

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Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charleston, South Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 49 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching






3 months ago

Flat walk, mostly on paved trail, around the site of the first English settlement in South Carolina. Nice views across Ashley River to downtown Charleston. Some flowering shrubs were in bloom, and I did some nice bird watching along the river. The animal exhibits were interesting too. An excellent destination considering its suburban location.

Quiet trail, no bugs today! Well maintained. Animals in the forest enclosures were active, many good photo opportunities, even the bobcat was where you could see him.

Awesome place to bring the kids! We had an amazing day!

Sat Mar 09 2019

This is a good place to walk around. I payed ten bucks to get into the park today and it was worth it. A good bit was in bloom in March and you also get to walk through there zoo.

Fri Mar 08 2019

Highly accessible walkway through a beautiful historic park.

Fri May 18 2018


Sun Apr 22 2018

Have always loved this place since I was little! A little escape to always free my mind and beautiful scenery, historic sites & the wildlife is amazing!! Riding bikes down the trails or walking/running with my dog is always the best! Never crowded!

Tue May 09 2017

My 4 year old loves the animal forest!

Sun Apr 02 2017

Paved trails through the first European settlement in Charleston. We started at the visitor center, and went thru the history museum. We then purchased the audio guide, and followed the trail to all the historic sites- the old settlement, the Indian ceremonial grounds, the replica sailing ship, and through the grounds of the Legare-Waring plantation home with its majestic oak alley. We also walked the entire animal forest, and went on one of the nature trails running along the marsh. Beautiful day, not too crowded since we went early. We walked 4 miles total- it was great! Definitely will go back. There is an admission charge, but it is well worth the price.

Sat Mar 11 2017

This is a beautiful park with a lot of history--Indians, early settlers, slavery, etc. The springtime blossoms were awesome and the native animal presentation was wonderful. The only drawback is it was very crowded on a early spring Saturday.

Fri Feb 24 2017

Awesome walking all around the park, great natural areas, beautiful grand oaks, exciting animal forest. This is the Charleston settlement in 1670.

9 days ago

5 months ago

Fri Mar 22 2019

Mon Dec 31 2018

Sat Dec 15 2018