Charles Towne Landing Historic Site in Charleston, SC

Charles Towne Landing historic site | photo by Larry Monteith

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site — located at 1500 Old Towne Rd. — was recently featured on Trip Savvy’s list of Best State Parks in South Carolina, ranking number 10 out of 13

So, what’s the buzz all about? Charles Towne Landing is the site of the first permanent European settlement in the state, dating back to 1670. The site, featuring 664 acres of scenery, is one of few original settlement sites still in existence today. 

The site offers visitors a glimpse into the past + a breath of fresh air as you explore 80 acres of park gardens, the historic Legare Waring House, and experience reproduction cannons fired throughout the year on special occasions. 

Think Charles Towne Landing may be on your next weekend agenda? Follow along as we give you 10 fast facts on the nationally-recognized park right in our own backyard. 

What are the park amenities? 

  • Seven miles of paved + unpaved walking and nature trails
  • History trail through the original settlement area
  • Animal forest trail with animal species native to the area
  • Bicycle trail + bikes for rent
  • 12-room interactive exhibit hall
  • Programs + events
  • 22-acre natural habitat zoo
  • Seasonal archeological digs in the spring + fall
  • African-American cemetery + Native American Ceremonial Center
  • Historic crop garden, including sugar cane, cotton + indigo

How much time should I spend there?

Though there is no set time limit for the park, we suggest carving out three to four hours to take in all that the area has to offer. The park grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

What’s the cost?

Admission is $12 for adults, $7.50 for SC seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-15, and free for children 5 and under.

DYK that Charles Towne Landing is just one of 47 state parks in SC? Check out this interactive map to plan your next adventure.