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Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grounds only.

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Free admission.

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Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet.

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Park Manager

Jay Reese

Park Manager

Welcome!  My name is Jay Reese, and I am the park manager at May Forest State Park.  As a kid growing up camping, fishing, exploring, hiking and learning to play golf in state parks, I was always SO excited to see a park ranger! When I was around 8 or 9 years-old, I received my Junior Forest Ranger hat and badge. I wore them all the time. Now I can proudly say, my Junior Forest Ranger hat and badge has been replaced with a South Carolina State Park hat and badge. My Junior Forest Ranger badge still sits on my desk reminding me of the amazing experiences I had as a kid and the lasting memories I am part of today!

One of my favorite spots at May Forest is sitting on the swing that sits on the bluff overlooking the Charleston Harbor.  If you're a first-time visitor to the park, I would encourage you to take some time to experience the stunning view of the Charleston Harbor. 


23 acres of serene lowcountry beauty

756 feet of Charleston Harbor shoreline

1 drive into the park with moss-draped trees

1 screened gazebo on the water’s edge

1 quaint chapel with stained glass windows dating back to the 1890s


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