After our Florida trip, we were home a week and took off for another week-long trip to South Carolina to spend a week with Steve’s family.
Today we went to the 600 acre Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, established in the 1670’s. It’s located along the Ashley River. It was $15 admission fee for adults. Great place to get out and walk the trails and tour the house. The gardens have some really nice bridges. You can have your wedding here if you’d like. We saw a couple of weddings going on today.
When we paid for our tickets, they said that they had a nature tram tour ride that would be starting soon. Decided to take that ride, so bought our tickets. They were only like $8. While waiting on the tram, decided to go in and visit the Conservatory where they have some more tropical plants and you can view a pond with a red bridge from the back, but they were having a wedding.
The tram tour probably lasted between 1/2 hour and 45 minutes. You get to see the wetlands, lakes, and forest. We also saw alligators, turtles, and different water fowl. There is also a section of the ride that takes you by old slave cabins. The tour ended in front of the house where we then took a tour of the inside of the house. There was an $8 charge for the tour of the house. No photos were allowed inside of the house.
After the tour of the house, we took off through the gardens. You walk by several ponds and unique bridges. On this walk you walk partially along the Ashley River. You will get a view of the back of the house as you are walking along the river. We then came to an observation tower that overlooks the marsh. Went back into the gardens and eventually came back out at the house.
There is also another walk that you can take that you pay for. We didn’t do this walk today. The walk is at the Audubon Garden Swamp. We took so much time in the other areas, just didn’t have time for this today. But, you get to enjoy this part of the gardens on boardwalks, bridges, and dikes.
Here is a link to their website. http://www.magnoliaplantation.com/. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any information on what the trail names were. Couldn’t find any information either on how long each of the trails were. This is the best map that I could find. https://www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/magnolia-plantation-and-gardens
Here are some photos from today. Included a few from our condo in Folly Beach and a photo from inside Charleston City Market.
Address: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC
Blooms at Conservatory entrance which is near where you pay to enter park. Having a wedding in Conservatory today, so unable to walk through.
A view of a lake on the tram ride
Captured this alligator sunning on one of the platforms out in the lake
A few of the old slave quarters on the tram ride
Swamp view on the tram ride. To the right you can see the boardwalk through the Audubon Garden Swamp.
Now we’re off the tram. View of plantation house.
View at the front of the plantation house
View of one of the beautiful bridges. Later we’ll cross the bridge and interrupt a wedding party taking photos.
Peacock hanging around the plantation house
A little information about Reverend John Drayton
Now we are on the garden trail. The red bridge at the back end of the Conservatory.
One of the larger lakes along the garden trail
Coming upon Ashley River
As you are walking along the river, you will get this slight view of the back of the plantation house
As you are getting ready to head away from the river, back into the forest, there is a 1.2 mile River Trail that just takes you on a piece of land stretching out between the river and the marsh area
Obvious little pond with bridge. If you look over to the left, you’ll see a piece of a bridge in another little pond.
I believe these are a couple of eagles. A guy that walked by thought they were falcons.
A better view of the bridge that you could only see a piece of a couple of photos back
View of marsh from observation tower
Another bridge view of back in a cove
We rented a 3 bedroom condo right beside of the pier in Folly Beach. The pier this morning right after the sun rose.
Steve on the back porch taking photos too
One of the photos from inside Charleston City Market
Night view of Folly Beach Pier from our balcony