4 Natural Places to Get Fit in the Lowcountry

Technically the calendar hasn't turned to spring yet, but that doesn't matter here in the Lowcountry where sunshine and blue skies beckon residents to enjoy the natural beauty of the South Carolina coast. If your New Year's resolutions included exercise and fresh air or if you're just looking for a new spot to get in a hike or jog, you're in luck.

Here are four spectacular places to get fit in the Lowcountry:

1. Pinckney Island is a national wildlife refuge in Beaufort County about half a mile west of Hilton Head Island. With creeks on the east and west, it is home to fish, shorebirds and alligators along with a host of other wildlife that makes it a picturesque setting for a day of activity in the great outdoors. The refuge is open seven days a week during daylight hours for exploring and photography. There are also opportunities for hunting and fishing on Pinckney Island.

2. With its oceanfront beaches and saltwater marshes, Edisto Island may be one of the Lowcountry's best-kept secrets when it comes to outdoor recreational opportunities. Run on the beach, go fishing or crabbing, take a bike ride, hike a nature trail or kayak in a tidal creek. Stop off at the undisturbed Botany Bay where you can kayak or hike while appreciating the wildlife and birds.

3. Nestled along the May River between Hilton Head Island and Savannah is the community of Palmetto Bluff with over 13 miles of trails open to the public for walking and biking. There are also opportunities for kayaking and stand-up paddling. During the spring and fall they even host 10k to 50k distance running events within the property, so being active at Palmetto Bluff is easy.

4. Capers Island Heritage Preserve is an undeveloped barrier island about 15 miles north of Charleston between Dewees Island and the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. The island – open during daylight hours – is about 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, so it’s a manageable hike for families. It’s home to a diverse blend of wildlife, including alligators, deer, raccoons and loggerhead sea turtles, as well as plenty of birds to keep the bird watchers busy

One of the best ways to see some of the Lowcountry’s natural wonders is by staying at Montage Palmetto Bluff in one of their Inn rooms, guest houses or cottages.

Recently ranked #6 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 list of “Best Hotels in the USA, Montage Palmetto Bluff is set within the 20,000-acre community of Palmetto Bluff along the May River. The resort offers plenty of great ways to get active and take in the spectacular sights, including hiking trails, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

To plan you next trip or special event in the Lowcountry, visit MontagePalmettoBluff.com or call 1-866-706-6565.

Sponsored by: Montage Palmetto Bluff