Caw Caw

The Rice Fields at Caw Caw County Park

I’ve been spending plenty of time talking about places abroad so I thought I would reel things in and talk about one of my favorite places that is close to home.

Fiddler Crab
Fiddler Crab

Caw Caw is one of Charleston’s County Parks, and it’s located about twenty minutes outside of Charleston, South Carolina. For the bargain price of just one dollar per person, everyone needs to go and check this place out.

Swamp Boardwalk
Swamp Boardwalk at Caw Caw County Park

Caw Caw is rich in natural beauty as well as history. There are six miles of walking trails that wind through various landscapes: you can walk along the boardwalk that cuts through the swamp; take a stroll along the marsh; or walk through the forest. Each of these landscapes is beautiful and offers its own variety of wildlife. There are numerous types of birds including hawks and eagles. There are also alligators, deer, fox, turtles, rabbits, and snakes–just to name a few.

Baby American Alligator
Baby American Alligator

As with most places in the South, Caw Caw’s history is rich. The land consists of a network of rice fields that were dredged by enslaved men. The rice fields were an integral part of multiple plantations in the area. As you walk along the ground that is part of such severe history you get a sense of a world past. Other than the occasional bench or informational placard, Caw Caw has been left untouched. While there are no plantation ruins remaining, you can clearly see where the rice fields were painstakingly dug; the men’s efforts still remain today as the marsh is still divided into uniform rows.

Red-Tailed Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk

When you arrive at Caw Caw you never know what you are going to see but you can be sure of one thing—it will be beautiful.

A Heron all Fluffed Up
A Heron all Fluffed Up

On a practical note:

  • Be sure to wear bug spray. We’ve visited without it and it’s not nearly as pleasant.
  • Wear walking shoes. Flip flops aren’t right for trampling through the woods. (Trust me on this.)
  • Bring water. There are restrooms and a water fountain near the entrance but those are the only ones.
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