Located just on the edge of the pristine Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge in between Charleston and Georgetown, McClellanville has the unique combination of being a historic fishing village with laid-back vibes while also being surrounded by outdoor adventures of all kinds.
McClellanville evolved from former plantation lands and summer escapes for the wealthy into an official waterfront town just after the Civil War. Now a full fledged commercial fishing village, McClellanville is known for it's charming main thoroughfare, historic homes and churches lined with huge live oaks, and perhaps most of all for its fresh seafood. One seafood market is located right along Jeremy Creek, where you can witness all of the fishing boats pull out or back in with their catch of the day.
Adjacent to McCllanville is over 66,000 acres of the protected Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge, which is a vast paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. Here you can explore everything from barrier islands to dense maritime forest where you can participate in managed hunts, fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, two hiking trails, beachcombing and shelling, and Bulls Island excursions.
Tips before you go:
The main thoroughfare of McClellanville is Pinckney Street, where you will find several shops, a local museum, and a locally owned restaurant. A stop at a seafood marketing and a stroll through the historic homes and churches are a must. To access Cape Romain, start at the Sewee Visitors & Environmental Center, which is the headquarters for both Cape Romain and the Francis Marion National Forest. Make sure you stop by the Sewee Outpost to pick up anything from fresh boiled peanuts to a water resistant shirt.
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