Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Welcome to Charles Towne Landing, the birthplace of South Carolina! I am David Baker, park manager. I have always
had a love for outdoor recreation. After graduating college, I went to work in county recreation but felt
something was missing. I began interviewing for state park jobs and finally landed one as the ranger at Lake
Warren State Park. I quickly realized the duties of park ranger was what I was missing.
My favorite spot at the park is walking through the gardens. I absolutely love the large live oaks that are
hundreds of years old. You also get views of the marsh where you can see wading birds, and, if you’re lucky, you
might even spot a wood stork.
If you’re visiting Charles Towne Landing you have to check out the Adventure. It is a 17th-century replica
trading vessel that is docked in Old Towne Creek. Board the ship and imagine sailing between South Carolina and
Barbados carrying goods for trade. It is pretty amazing!
**Our Ultimate Outsider stamp can be found at the admission desk in the Visitor Center.
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site sits on a marshy point, located off the Ashley River, where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the Carolina colony. Charles Towne Landing introduces visitors to the earliest colonial history of Charleston. Interact with hands-on exhibits in the Visitor Center, talk to knowledgeable staff members, and take an audio tour on the self-guided history trail.
Guests can step aboard and tour the Adventure, Charleston's only 17th-century replica sailing ship, see cannons fired, or take a peek at otters, bears, bison and more at the Animal Forest natural habitat zoo. The grounds also include 80 acres of gardens, with an elegant live oak alley and the Legare Waring House. One of Charleston’s favorite sites for weddings and other special gatherings, the Legare Waring House combines historic charm with unique and flexible space—come see it for yourself!
Don't forget to check out the other parks in the South Carolina State Parks system. Experience the charm of Colonial South Carolina or consider a hike to the stunning Raven Cliff Falls at Caesars Head State Park!
BY THE NUMBERS
the year the first permanent European settlement in South Carolina was founded
of only a handful of original settlement sites that still exist in the United States
awesome 12-room exhibit hall with interactive exhibits
Adventure - a replica 17th-century trading vessel visitors can board and explore beneath the deck
Animal Forest - the only zoo in the Charleston area
majestic alley of oaks that will take your breath away
reproduction cannons that are fired on special event days throughout the year
miles of trails for walking, biking and exploring
acres of park gardens
acres of beautiful lowcountry scenery for you to enjoy