We have blogged a few times about running north to Charleston from Savannah. Today, we will run this route in reverse, heading south out of Charleston to Savannah, Georgia. Just a short drive south of no more than a few hour’s duration through South Carolina’s lovely Low Country along the Heritage Corridor, the observant motorist will be struck with grass laden marshes amidst lush barrier islands that temper this coastal drive. Historic Districts in coastal cities and towns add a rich counter balance to the natural landscape. As we leave the Ashley River area with three of the country’s finest plantations, all survivors of the Civil War, just north of Charleston, (called by some our grande dame of southern cities), the day tripper having visited places of great beauty and historic import we turn south on Highway U.S. 17.
Undertaking this coastal excursion affords a quick glimpse at developed Kiawah Island and more natural Edisto Island. Next, stroll or drive the quiet, shady streets of Historic Beaufort, a smaller microcosmic version of the two cities north and south of this bustling little South Carolina Sea Island Mecca. The town’s graceful antebellum and postbellum houses tell stories of war time, plantation life, and resort living from the American Revolution to yesterday’s hurricane. Bridges and roads traverse islands that lead through Gullah Country to an uncrowded state park that’s half woods, half beach. South of town, stop by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island in route to one of the most popular resorts on the eastern Seaboard, Hilton Head Island. From here it’s an easy, pretty drive through Beautiful Bluffton through the back roads over the Talmadge Memorial Bridge into our sultry southern flower, Savannah. Undertake your very own self directed southern passage.