Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Caw Caw Interpretive Center is located approximately 14 miles south of Charleston, SC on Hwy 17. There is only one sign for the park on the highway so, if you get to Ravenel, you've missed it. Google map
Caw Caw is composed of three colonial era rice plantations once run by slaves. It is one of the eight county parks operated by Charleston County, but is vastly different than the rest. Where all of the other parks feature picnic areas, swing sets, water parks and climbing walls, Caw Caw is 654 acres of carefully managed wetland and forest with the primary goals of education and preservation of wildlife habitat. In addition to the significant areas of former rice field impoundments, the park is bounded on one long side by tidal marsh. The variety of habitat in close proximity results in a wide variety of bird species to be found. There are several well marked trails on the property that include representative areas of the diverse habitat (see trail map link below). The staff lead guided bird walks every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:30 AM for a $5 fee.
The park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 AM - 5 PM and is closed on Monday and Tuesday. There is a $1 admission fee.