The quaint, Spanish moss-draped fishing town of McClellanville is located just far enough from the buzzing city of Charleston to provide guests with a quiet and relaxing experience. Bodies of water promise bountiful fish, and the nearby Francis Marion National Forest offers nearby beautiful scenery. Quaint marinas can be found hosting dozens of white shrimp boats, all simply awaiting their next escapade. The town truly captures the essence of “lowcountry.” Locals welcome visitors and new neighbors to the tranquil simplicity of the town with open arms.
The town of McClellanville, established in 1706 as a portion of St. James-Santee Parish, has less than 1,000 residents. A history of rice plantations, grand architectural homes and buildings, and rich culture weaves throughout the town and its outskirts. Guests can enjoy a peaceful stroll through the fishing docks and piers, or maybe pass by a historic church such as locals’ favorite “brick church.” The town’s backdrop of crisp waters and lush greenergy attract many artists and writers seeking inspiration.
Guests may experience a piece of history by visiting Hopswee Plantation—a Lowcountry rice plantation located less than ten miles outside of McClellanville in Georgetown. This plantation is one of the twelve remaining birthplaces of Declaration of Independence signers. As such, it’s a popular destination for those hungry for history and culture. Breathtaking decade-old architecture dazzles throughout the tour. The River Oak Cottage Tea Room serves classic lowcountry shrimp and grits as well as British Afternoon tea.
Out and About
Less than an hour away from McClellanville, the Francis Marion National Forest offers 259,000 acres of secluded swamps, marshes, and many trails stretching far beyond the town. The two most popular trails near McClellanville are SeWee Shell Mound and I’on Swamp Interpretive trail. A relaxing hike through a forest path includes the possibility of multiple wildlife sightings including the rare red-cockaded woodpecker.
A short drive outside of McClellanville to the charming city of Charleston presents many fine dining selections for guests who are seeking a night out before returning to their reflective retreat. Renowned favorites like Husk, The Ordinary, SNOB, Leon’s, and McCrady’s all await. Or try some of their lesser known but equally boundary-pushing culinary neighbors.
The deep Southern roots throughout the quiet town of McClellanville have sprouted a strong community that any visitors will feel. This quaint fishing town is not just for fishing, but serves as an unbeatably beautiful retreat from everyday restless life.