Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Just west of Charleston on U.S. 17, you’ll find the unique Caw Caw Interpretive Center (5200 Savannah Hwy., Ravenel, 843/889-8898, www.ccprc.com, Wed.–Sun. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., $1), a treasure trove for history buffs and naturalists wanting to learn more about the old rice culture of the South.
With a particular emphasis on the expertise of those who worked on the rice plantations using techniques they brought with them from Africa, the county-run facility comprises 650 acres of land (on an actual former rice plantation built on former cypress swamp), eight miles of interpretive trails, an educational center with exhibits, and a wildlife sanctuary with seven different habitats.
Most Wednesday and Saturday mornings, guided bird walks are held at 8:30 a.m. ($5 per person). You can put in your own canoe for $10 on Saturdays and Sundays October–April. Bikes and dogs aren’t allowed on the grounds.
© Jim Morekis from Moon Charleston & Savannah, 4th Edition