Marie McAden



Take an easy, breezy ride through James Island County Park

Posted 9/8/2013 4:32:00 PM

Looking for a little diversion on your next trip to Charleston? Get off the peninsula and head to James Island County Park, a 643-acre recreational playground for adults and kids.

Rock climbing, disc golf, kayaking. It’s your pick. There’s also a water park, crabbing and fishing dock and a spray play area for the little ones. Even Fido can get in on the fun. The list of amenities also includes a dog park.

Connecting all the recreational offerings is a network of paved trails for walking, biking or rollerblading.

On a recent visit, I hopped on one of their rental bikes and pedaled all over the park to scope out the facilities. You can rent a beach cruiser-style bicycle for $4 an hour, $12 for all day, at the Picnic Center. (A $5 deposit also is required.)

I started out on the Green Trail, biking past the spray play area before entering the forest. The 1.6-mile pathway winds alongside three picnic shelters, a playground and the crabbing and fishing dock.

From the Green Trail I diverted onto the 1.2-mile Orange Trail, which loops around the park’s biggest pond and the dog park. I stopped to watch a group of pooches playing in the water, and again to take a photograph of some kayakers paddling into one of the pond’s narrow channels.

The 1.6-mile Blue Trail is the longest in the network and runs past the climbing wall, the cottages and campground.

I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the park from the seat of a cycle. Whether you bring your own bike or rent one from the park, it’s a wonderful way to wile away an hour or two in the Lowcountry. For more information on James Island County Park, click here or call (843) 795-7275.