Charleston Health and Fitness Vacation Provided by FitQuest:
Our daily, outdoor Adventure Treks provide unforgettable fitness experiences using the beauty of Charleston as a back drop. Check out some of the sites we visit.
A blend of Southern beauty and historic charm, Charleston provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures. Our trek will take us from White Point Gardens on Charleston harbor past the famous colors of Rainbow Row to the relaxing fountains at Waterfront Park. Charleston's 300-year heritage is one reason this treasure of a city has been named one of the "Top 25" destinations in the world by Travel & Leisure, and one of the "Top Ten" destinations in the US by Conde Nast Traveler.
It feels as if youíve entered into another world when you take the ferry from the mainland and enter the meandering trails of the salt water marsh creeks to reach this island that is a part of the 64,000-acre Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. This six-mile island features 16 miles of footpaths that goes past maritime forests to beautiful stretches of beach. The refuge was established in 1932 as a migratory bird refuge and is the largest nesting rookery for loggerhead sea turtles outside of Florida, averaging 1000 nests per year. It is also home to many other endangered species, among them the American alligator, American kestrel, bald eagle, glossy ibis, least tern, osprey, peregrine falcon, and wood stork.
One of its crowning features is the Boneyard. This is a three mile stretch of beach on the northeast corner of the island. Itís a natural art gallery or bleached oak, cedar and pine trees that resemble a graveyard of bones that can be found strewn along the beach. The sculpting is the result of an ever-changing beach which is in constant battle with the in-coming surf.
Charles Towne Landing
It's hard to know what wins - the park's amazing history or the peaceful solitude you can experience on the miles of trails through forests and along salt marshes on the Ashley River. This is the site where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the Carolinas colony, the plantation system of the American South, and one of the continent's first major port cities. The visitors center features an interactive museum and gift shop. The park also features 80 acres of gardens and a 22-acre zoo that is home to animals that the original settlers encountered, including pumas, bison, alligators, black bears, otters, bobcats and wolves.
Palmetto Islands County Park
This 943-acre, nature-oriented park is built in a tropical setting and features bike paths, boardwalks, a water park, picnic sites, fishing and crabbing docks, a nature trail, and a big toy playground. Wide open meadows make the perfect spot for our field day activities. Paved trails lead through maritime forests to Nature Island and to a 50-foot Observation Tower with expansive views of salt marshes and winding rivers.
Magnolia Gardens and Plantation
This plantation that has survived the Revolutionary and Civil wars holds the honor of being the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America. The gardens at Magnolia Plantation are of such beauty and variety that they have attracted tourists worldwide since the early 1870s. The plantation features a river walk, observation tower for birding, and meandering paths through nearly 500 acres of gardens and grounds. It also is the site of The Audubon Swamp Garden, a unique world where cypress and tupelo trees seem to grow from the blackwater swamp and where a diverse array of wild creatures go about their secret lives.
Folly Beach is a barrier island, six miles long featuring Morris Island Lighthouse on the eastern tip and the Folly Beach County Park on the western end. Nestled between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean, Folly Beach is known as the "Edge of America". The island with its natural dunes and network or swamps and estuaries is home to many endangered species. You'll catch sight of dolphins playing, brown pelicans diving and red-winged blackbirds skirting the marshes.
A personal trainer's haven, this bridge offers a pedestrian path up a wonderful incline to stunning views of the Charleston harbor, including the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point and Fort Sumter. This $632 million bridge is a graceful, arching span supported by a pair of 572-foot-tall towers laced with 128 suspension cables. Come with us and play on one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the western hemisphere.
This gem of a beach is the location of our beach boot camp and site where we let participants relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. It is a quaint beach community with a strong family atmosphere and is home to a wonderful community park and lighthouse.
For those who enjoy history, the island features Fort Moultrie, originally built during the Revolutionary War. The Island is also the burial site of Seminole Indian Chief Osceola. Other historic sites include the Sullivan's Island lighthouse, and numerous shore batteries that provided defense until the end of World War II. For literary buffs, brush off a copy of some of Edgar Allen Poe's tales. This island is where Poe wrote his famous story, The Gold Bug, and a number of well known poems while stationed here
Old Village, Mt. Pleasant
The Pickett Bridge Recreation Area offers panoramic views of Charleston and some of the best bird watching around. One of the best kept secrets in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant, this palm-tree lined causeway goes out to a fishing pier that offers views of Ft. Sumter, the Ravenal Bridge and tidal creek marshes.