This spectacular and historic plantation with its beautiful gardens is still owned and meticulously preserved by the family that started it over 300 years ago, which is something that sets it apart from other historic plantations of the SC Lowcountry. Overrun and ravaged by enemy troops during both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, Magnolia Gardens has not only survived but has continued to thrive. While the original plantation house may not have survived these wars, it's the gardens and natural beauty of Magnolia that have always been the plantation's primary focal point. Many of the plants, trees, and gardens date back to Magnolia Plantation's earliest days.
I recall when Charles Towne Landing first opened to the general public. It was 1970 and the park's opening commemorated the city of Charleston's as well as the state of South Carolina's tricentennial. Six years later the U.S. would be celebrating its bicentennial. As a youngster visiting the park for the first time I was impressed, to say the least.
The West Ashley Greenway is a 'rails-to-trails' trail starting from only a couple of miles from downtown Charleston, it is approximately 10 miles long and carries cyclist, joggers, and hikers through some of the SC Lowcountry's most beautiful scenery overlooking the marshes adjacent to the Wapoo Cut and the ICW.