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Beyond Summerville: Six Lowcountry Day Trips

The residents of Carnes Crossroads are fortunate to have a variety of beautiful cultural and natural attractions nearby to explore. While downtown Summerville is bustling with exciting year-round events and attractions for all ages, there are plenty of reasons to venture beyond downtown to explore. Here are six unique destinations to travel to from Summerville:

Appleby Church 

This historic structure is the perfect example of Greek Revival architecture. The one-floor Methodist Meeting House was built in the mid-1800s and has stayed virtually untouched, including the original 1800s seating arrangement, which can be seen inside. Right outside of the church is a traditional nineteenth century cemetery.  This building was listed in the official national register in February of 1978. The Appleby Church is only 40 miles from Carnes Crossroads and makes for a wonderful afternoon getaway!

Francis Beidler Forest 

This stunning outdoor oasis is a showcase of natural beauty and wildlife. Begin your visit on the beautiful public boardwalk that allows visitors to safely venture into the heart of the swamps. Guided tours for groups of ten or more are available. A variety of nature walks and bird watches draw guests from all over to this popular destination. Click here to see a list of activities available for guests. This “must see” attraction is only 26 miles from Carnes Crossroads!

Indian Fields Campground 

This establishment was built in the mid 1800s to give guests a collective religious experience. The 99 rustic cabins form a circle around a single wooden pavilion. Hundreds of people would travel to this location for religious gatherings. The ambiance of the campground reflects the nineteenth century American collective experience. The Indian Fields Campground was added to the National Property register in March of 1973. Conveniently located just 40 minutes from Carnes Crossroads, this is another “must see” site!

The Koger Murray Carroll House 

The Carroll House is one of the oldest plantation homes in Dorchester County, and its than 50 minutes from Carnes Crossroads. The home was constructed in the early 1800s and is made of black cypress. It has had multiple owners over its lifetime but remains in excellent condition, and still has a historic feel to this day. The home was added to the National Property register in July of 1974. To learn more about this historic site click here!

Mepkin Abbey 

The Mepkin Abbey is located on roughly 3,00 acres on the banks of the Cooper River. It is home to a handful of Cistercian monks and some of the most breathtaking South Carolina scenery in region. Guests have the option of touring the church, walking in the vibrant garden, or even sitting in on a prayer service. If you would like to schedule a visit or learn more about the Abbey please visit their website.  This is a great place for all ages to visit and just 23 miles from our community.

Givhans Ferry National Park 

This outdoor retreat sits at the end of the 21 mile Edisto River Kayak and Canoe Trail. The Edisto is said to be the longest free-flowing blackwater river in the United States. A public campground, picnic areas, nature trail and water access are available to visitors, and it’s only 24 miles from Carnes Crossroads. For more information visit the South Carolina State parks website.

There are activities and attractions for all ages and life stages in the greater Summerville and Goose Creek area for Carnes Crossroads residents and visitors to explore!

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