When we use the term “lowcountry” we are generally talking about the coastal counties of South Carolina including the Sea Islands and lands from Charleston to Hardeeville. This geographical area is characterized by low elevation and vast expanses of salt marsh cord grass (Spartina alterniflora). The lowcountry was once known for great wealth and the huge rice and sea island cotton plantations that dominated the landscape. It is a region rich with history and cultural heritage including Native Americans, European explorers from several countries, Gullah culture and Caribbean influence.
To us, the lowcountry means high tides, deep creeks and rivers, and high salinity salt marsh. It also means freshwater wetlands, maritime forests and grand beaches. All these features are a recipe for high biodiversity…in other words we have lots of different kinds of plants and animals in our waters and lands. The lowcountry is also a beautiful place with heavily vegetated forests punctuated by grand vistas of marsh. The seasonal changes are recorded in the color of the marsh grass instead of changes in the hue of deciduous leaves as with upland areas of our state.
The lowcountry is alive with wading birds and its turbid creeks are rich with shrimp, crabs, and fish. Because of the diversity of habitats and species, there is always something new to discover in the lowcountry. From the deep waters of the nearby ocean, to the fertile expanses of salt marshes and the wooded upland ridges – this is our Coastal Kingdom.