Spring Break will be here before you know it! If you’re looking for a destination that offers more than just sunny beaches, look no further than Jasper County, South Carolina.
Nestled in the Lowcountry region, this unassuming county is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. From historical sites to outdoor adventures, we’ve compiled a delightful itinerary to make the most of your Spring Break in Jasper County
Day 1: Discover the Rich History
Before you begin your Jasper County adventure, stop by the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce, located next to the Jasper County Courthouse in downtown Ridgeland. Its Visitors Center and the Webel Museum invite you to come discover some of the area’s intriguing past and today’s special events.
The Hardeeville Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to visit and will be glad to help you with accommodations convenient to I-95, Savannah, Hilton Head and the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Jasper County during your stay! Begin your day at the Frampton House Museum. It was once the site of “The Hill” Plantation and owned by John Edward Frampton in the 1800’s. Although General Sherman burned the plantation house and surrounding farmhouses to the ground, John Frampton rebuilt and continued to work on the land.
Major renovations were done to the house throughout the 1900’s and eventually was bought by individual owners. However, in 1991, the Lowcountry Tourism Commission was able to secure the donation of the house and four surrounding acres to eventually become the Lowcountry Visitors Center & Museum that we know today.
Visitors are able to tour the house, learn about its history and even see the various displays created to depict other local attractions in Jasper County.
Later, head to the Sergeant Jasper County Park, a tranquil green space with picnic areas and walking trails. Stay for a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Sergeant Jasper Monument, a tribute to Revolutionary War hero Sergeant William Jasper.
Day 2: Outdoor Adventures Await
Through the years, Jasper County has become known as a sportsman’s paradise. Its 662 square miles are dotted with a number of hunting clubs and plantation grounds housing a large population of wildlife. Jasper County’s long border on the Savannah River, its fresh-water and salt-water rivers all make perfect hunting, fishing and recreational areas.
Start your day with a scenic hike in the Tillman Sand Ridge Heritage Preserve. This 1,600-acre preserve offers various trails that wind through forests and wetlands, providing an ideal opportunity to spot local wildlife.
Afterward, visit the Blue Heron Nature Trail or the Savannah Wildlife Refuge. At the Blue Heron Nature Trail you can drive or stroll through identify native plant species or local wildlife.
In the afternoon, head to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, over 30,000 acres of river, creek, and freshwater marshes. Whether you’re an avid birder or simply enjoy nature walks, this refuge will leave you in awe.
Day 3: Relax and Unwind
On your final day in Jasper County, take some time to relax and unwind. Head to one of the pristine beaches in nearby areas such as Tybee Island or Beaufort. Bask in the sun while listening to the soothing sound of waves.
If you’re a golf enthusiast, indulge in a round of golf at one of the county’s championship courses, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Alternately, take some time to partake in retail therapy at some of Jasper County’s local shops in Hardeeville and Ridgeland.
Indulge in Local Delicacies & Culture
No Spring Break itinerary is complete without savoring the local cuisine, and Jasper County does not disappoint in this regard. From pizza places and fresh seafood restaurants to coffee shops and breweries, you can find something for everyone in your party.
Festivals are a big part of Jasper County and a great opportunity to soak up the local ambiance. You may plan your trip around a couple of the annual festivals. The Jasper Jamboree is the second weekend in February and the Native American Pow-Wow is the second week in March.
All in all, Jasper County may not be the typical Spring Break destination, but it offers a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and culinary delights. Make the most of your Spring Break this year by discovering the hidden gems of Jasper County!